Exquisite Corpses, Disfiguration, & Contemporary ART!

Joan Miro – For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings.”

ANDRÉ BRETON (FRENCH, 1896-1966) "Landscape", circa 1933 - Colored pencil on black paper 24.1cm x31.7cm - Collection of MoMA, New York. On view until July 9th.

Art is in the eye of the beholder, and it can take surprising forms. Sometimes delighting us, sometimes shocking, but nearly always getting us to stretch our boundaries. Take for example, a new exhibition at MoMA: Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration. Including work by artists such as Joan Miró, Louise Bourgeois, Jean Cocteau and Picasso, the curators at MoMA show us that although artists have “an unending impulse to render the human figure as a symbol of potential perfection and a system of

"Exquisite Corpses": "Untitled," by Esteban Francés, Remedios Varo, Oscar Domínguez and Marcel Jean.The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, via ADAGP, Paris

primary organization” (Art Knowledge News), Surrealist artists of the 20th century played an artistic, collaborative and chance-based parlor game which was about quite the opposite – disfiguration of the human form.

LLOYD DURLING "Still Life (Lamp Black)" 2010, Wood engraving on Japanese medium weight paper, 11"x11" (image 3"x3") - Ed. 10, $125. Available at ARTprojectA.com

According to the New York Times: “In the Surrealist parlor game exquisite corpse, artists build a figure on an absurd assembly line. Typically a piece of paper is folded into sections and passed around; the challenge is that each artist must work on one particular segment without having seen the others. The results are often monstrous, or at least mismatched…. There’s much here to amuse, provoke and titillate.” No doubt. What is your favorite work of Creepy ART?

ARTprojectA offers its own version of the macabre to delight you, with Lloyd Durling’s “Corpse Flower” or perhaps his graphic version of a skull “Still Life (Lamp Black)”. Subscribe to News & Offers and receive advance notice of sales, newly added ART, and more!

LLOYD DURLING "Corpse Flower", Chalk giclee print, 12"x12" - Ed. 50, $150. Available at ARTprojectA.com

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3 Responses to Exquisite Corpses, Disfiguration, & Contemporary ART!

  1. Reblogged this on patternsthatconnect and commented:
    I find it difficult not to link Stephen B Macinnis’s box project with the wonderful process known as The Exquisite Corpse. Thanks ArtProject for this blog post on that very subject.

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