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A Home for Surrealism

Chicago has for decades years been one of the most prominent cities where European surrealism is avidly collected and displayed. However, there has yet to be a scholarly exhibition and catalogue that addresses the local manifestations of this international mode of art. A Home for Surrealism focuses on a select group of painters whose work in the 1940s and ’50s both transformed the domestic and domesticated the surrealist, particularly in Chicago. Working independently, but within a chain of social and artistic relationships, this group explored the interior as a site of projected imagination and fantasy, and the self as the generator of such altered perception. Including contributions by Robert Cozzolino, Adam Jolles, and Joanna Pawlik, the book provides a richly illustrated account of an international movement’s unlikely—but somehow ever so fitting—home in America.

136 pages | 40 color plates, 28 figures | 9 x 10 3/4 | © 2018

Art: Art--General Studies

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"Working independently with ties to the Chicago art community, painters Gertrude Abercrombie, Dorothea Tanning, John Wilde, Julia Thecla, Harold Noecker, and Julio de Diego explored the tenets of Surrealism. Each artist employed a distinct approach, but all frequently treated American domestic interiors as sites of fantasy. Focusing on paintings produced between the 1930s and '50s, art historians Adam Jolles, Joanna Pawlik, and others identify Chicago as a prime city for the collection and display of European Surrealism, while also highlighting local artists' contributions."

Art in America

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