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June 27, 2012


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I fell in love with yet another of the Surrealists! To know me is to know I am totally fickle! If you think, about the idea of shocking someone’s morals and code of ethics via a painting, then you are to understand going from the Cubists to the Surrealists.  The movements look quite a lot alike, and are



in fact very similar in their reference to how one sees the world, in a sort of spur of the moment kind of way.  picabia is another that went from the Dadists to Surrealism.

I hope you enjoy this post!

Have a great day!





Francis Picabia was a French painter, illustrator, designer, writer and editor, who was successively involved with the art movements Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism. He was the son of a Cuban diplomat father and a French mother.

In 1909 he adopted a Cubist style, and, along with Marcel Duchamp, he helped found in 1911 the Section d’Or, a group of Cubist artists. Picabia went on to combine the Cubist style

with its more lyrical variation known as Orphism.

In these early paintings he portrayed assemblages of closely fitted, metallic-looking abstract shapes. As Picabia moved away from Cubism to




Orphism, his colors and shapes became softer.

In 1915 Picabia traveled to New York, where he, Duchamp, and Man Ray began to develop what became known as an American version of Dada.

About 1916 he gave up the Cubist style completely and began to produce the images of satiric, machine like contrivances that are his chief contribution to Dadaism. Their association of mechanistic forms with sexual allusions were successfully shocking satires of bourgeois values.

In 1916 Picabia returned to Europe. He settled in Barcelona, where he published the first issues of his own satiric journal 391 (named in reference to the New York review). In 1921 he renounced Dada on the grounds that it was no longer vital and had lost its capacity to shock.


June 26, 2012


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I was introduced to the work of Yves Tanguy buy a curator friend of mine! Knowing that Surrealism is one of my favorites, introduced me to this artist’s work.  A bit Dali, a bit de Chirico. you will see how this movement really was very true to the tenants that they subscribed to.

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French painter. Recognized by the late 1930s as a representative of the purest strain of Surrealism in painting, he was the only one of the great painters of that

movement to be entirely self-taught. Although he was a fellow pupil at the Lycée Montaigne in Paris of Pierre Matisse, who later became his dealer, he came to painting comparatively late in life, after spending two years with the Merchant Navy. After a long period spent with the African Chasseurs in the south of Tunisia, Tanguy

returned to Paris in 1922 and renewed contact with Prévert, also meeting the French writer Marcel Duhamel (1900–66), who provided accommodation for them at

54 Rue du Château.


Tanguy was profoundly shaken by his discovery in 1923 of a painting by Giorgio de Chirico, Child’s Skull (1914; Stockholm, Mod. Mus.), in a gallery window.

This encounter spurred him to produce his own first works, which were executed in a fairly naive Expressionist style but in which flashes of fantasy could also be glimpsed


Although the sensationalist overstatement of Salvador Dalí created a greater impact on the general public, Tanguy’s work proved more influential on the young

painters who came to Surrealism on the eve of World War II, such as Wolfgang Paalen, Roberto Matta, the Englishman Gordon Max Onslow-Ford and the Spaniard

Esteban and on the development of ‘absolute’ automatism. 

June 15, 2012


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I know you all know the photograph of the urinal and the origins of the conversation that came after the exhibition, where Marcel Duchamp presented it as art.  Thus arose the question of “what is art” and “what constitutes art?”


Marcel Duchamp was a French artist whose work is most often associated with the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. Considered by some to be one of the most important artists

of the 20th century, Duchamp’s output influenced the development of post-World War I Western art. He advised modern art collectors, such as Peggy Guggenheim

and other prominent figures,

thereby helping to shape the tastes of art during this period.


Duchamp challenged conventional thought about artistic processes andart marketing, not so much by writing, but through subversive actions. 

June 14, 2012


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I have been traveling for a solid two months-so to tell you all what a supreme pleasure it is to sit at MY desk and not on a laptop to write this blog, is just fantastic!

You all know that I am beyond in love with Surrealism and abstract expressionism.  


To understand surrealism, a breif idea is this:

The Surrealist movement was founded in Paris by a small group of writers and artists who sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power

of the imagination.

Disdaining rationalism and literary realism, and powerfully influenced bySigmund Freud, the Surrealists believed the conscious mind repressed the power of the

imagination, weighting it

down with taboos. Influenced also by Karl Marx, they hoped that the psyche had the power to reveal the contradictions in the everyday world and spur on revolution. Their emphasis on the

power of the imagination puts them in the tradition of Romanticism, but unlike their forbears, they believed that revelations could be found on the street and in everyday life. The Surrealist

impulse to tap the subconscious mind, and their interests in myth and primitivism, went on to shape theAbstract Expressionists, and they remain influential today.


Paul Delvaux was a Belgian painter and printmaker. He was, with René Magritte, one of the major exponents of SURREALISM in Belgium. He began his training 

in 1920 at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels,

initially as an architect, but he soon changed to decorative painting, and he completed his studies in 1924. In his earliest works,  he was strongly influenced by the Flemish Expressionism of

painters such as Constant Permeke and Gustav De Smet. In the mid-1930s, however, he turned decisively to Surrealism, not as an orthodox member of the movement but to a large extent under

the influence of Giorgio De Chirico’s Pittura Metafisica, which he had first seen c. 1926. 

June 8, 2012

In LOVE with Jenna Synder Phillips!

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A few months ago, I was looking through Lonny Mag and was stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a beautiful painting. The magazine did an much deserving article on this young artists! Her is a little about this talent. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!



Jenna Snyder Phillips was born and raised in Philadelphia later at the age of 19 she moved to New York City to attend Parsons the New School of Design, where she studied Interior Design and Architecture. After graduating she began working for Ian Schrager Company, assisting the Art Curator for the Gramercy Park Hotel. There she began hanging paintings and learned first hand how art has the ability to transform any space.

In 2006 Jenna furthered her studies by moving to Milan, Italy where she obtained her masters in Interior Design.

Currently, she is living in New York and painting from her Tribeca studio. She pushed her mediums to the limit. Jenna works with sumi ink, oil and charcoal. Through the years, Jenna has developed a signature style using fluid brush strokes and harsh lines.

This is one artist to keep and eye on!

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