Gunther Gerzso: The Surrealist Sketchbook 1943 – 1946

This original sketchbook by Gunther Gerzso was drawn in 1943-46 when the young artist was strongly influenced by the circle of Benjamin Péret and the European artists exiled in Mexico during the 1940s.

The book presents a striking record of Gerzso’s close ties to the Surrealists in Mexico, including Wolfgang Paalen, André Breton, Remedios Varo, César Moro and Alice Rahon. Their interest in pre-Columbian art became the foundation for Gerzso’s eventual style, a version of geometric abstraction inspired by the landscape and ancient culture of Mexico.

This notebook consists of 54 original drawings done by carbon transfer, some augmented with India ink, frottage and colored pencils. In addition there is an actual drawing done on carbon paper, which was discovered in the artist’s studio along with the sketchbook.

The following is a selection of drawings from the surrealist sketchbook

 

The Americas Revealed: Collecting Colonial and Modern Latin American Art in the United States

Frick SymposiumThis two-day symposium at the Frick on public and private collectors of Spanish Colonial and Latin American art will feature presentations by experts from museums and universities in Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, New York, and Philadelphia. The keynote address will be presented by Edward J. Sullivan, the Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of the History of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts and the Department of Art History, New York University, and a leading specialist in the art of Latin America. Professor Sullivan will also interview Roberta and Richard Huber (Friday) and Patricia Phelps Cisneros (Saturday), collectors who actively acquire the art of the Americas.

Tickets for both days of the symposium are $50 ($35 for members); single-day tickets are $30 ($25 for members).

Mary-Anne Martin will give a talk titled How the Art Market Affects Collecting Decisions by Individuals and Institutions on Saturday May 17 at 11:35.

Isabel De Obaldía Retrospective to be held at The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale will present a mid-career retrospective of Isabel De Obaldía’s work, opening to the public September 25, 2011. The show, titled “Primordial: Paintings and Sculptures by Isabel De Obaldía, 1985-2011,” will feature approximately 100 works by the artist, as well as a number of pre-Columbian objects that relate to her artistic process. The exhibition has been scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement in the United States and will be on display through May 27, 2012.

To view the official press release from the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, click here.