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Centennial of Surrealism

Centennial of Surrealism

In 1924 in Paris two versions of a surrealist manifesto were published by Andre Breton and Yvan Goll. They represented competing factions.  Breton, the more aggressive leader eclipsed Goll who is now forgotten. On the occasion of its centennial we look back at one of...

There’s No Surrealism Without Dada

There’s No Surrealism Without Dada

Like everything in life, Dada is useless.  Dada is without pretension, as life should be.  Within days of each other, in 1924, two surrealist manifestos, by Andre Breton and Yvan Goll were published. Breton later wrote a second in 1929, publishing it the following...

Forum ’49 in Provincetown Revisited

Forum ’49 in Provincetown Revisited

In the aftermath of WWII, Provincetown in the summer of 1949 was the setting for a multi-valent colloquium on epic transition and change in American art and culture. In addition to artists there was dialogue among a critical mass of intellectuals and leaders in a...

The Intimate Hyde Museum’s Old Masters

The Intimate Hyde Museum’s Old Masters

Tucked away in Glens Falls, New York is the small but magnificent Hyde Museum. In a rural industrial setting it is astonishing to encounter a collection of Old Masters and modern works that run the gamut from Rembrandt to Picasso and beyond. They represent a check...