Weinstein Gallery announces "Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table," a new exhibition

  • SAN FRANCISCO, California
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  • April 14, 2016

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Jimmy Ernst, "Abstract" (dedicated to "Charles and Minnie, my youngest old friends), 1949, Gouache on paper, 22 x 16 inches

WEINSTEIN GALLERY ANNOUNCES A NEW EXHIBITION

CHANCE MEETING ON A DISSECTING TABLE:
A COMPREHENSIVE EXHIBITION EXPLORING THE SURREALIST REVOLUTION OF THOUGHT AND THE EVOLUTION OF THE AVANT-GARDE.

FEATURING PAINTINGS AND OBJECTS BY SALVADOR DALI, FRIDA KAHLO, MARCEL DUCHAMP, DAVID HARE, ANDRE MASSON, ROBERTO MATTA, LEONORA CARRINGTON, MAX ERNST, LEONOR FINI, KURT SELIGMANN, DOROTHEA TANNING, YVES TANGUY, AND MORE

APRIL 28 – MAY 28, 2016

WEINSTEIN GALLERY / 444 CLEMENTINA STREET / SAN FRANCISCO

Weinstein Gallery is pleased to announce CHANCE MEETING ON A DISSECTING TABLE, a new exhibition of Surrealist paintings and objects, beginning April 28 and running through May 28, 2016. This comprehensive survey explores the Surrealist revolution of thought and the role chance and choice played in the evolution of the avant- garde. The exhibition features original paintings, drawings and objects by Victor Brauner, Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dali, Oscar Dominguez, Enrico Donati, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Jimmy Ernst, Leonor Fini, David Hare, Marcel Jean, Esteban Frances, Frida Kahlo, Gerome Kamrowski, Andre Masson, Roberto Matta, Gordon Onslow Ford, Wolfgang Paalen, Kay Sage, Kurt Seligmann, Dorthea Tanning, and Yves Tanguy.

The exhibition title, CHANCE MEETING ON A DISSECTING TABLE, refers to the famous depiction of the French writer Comte de Lautéamont (Isidore Ducasse) in his novel Les Chants de Maldoror, in which the author describes a young boy as “beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissecting-table of a sewing-machine and an umbrella.” André Breton, the leader of the Surrealists, considered this famous description to be the perfect embodiment of Surrealist thinking and the Surrealist painter Max Ernst described the passage as a metaphor for one of the most important aesthetics in Surrealist art: "A linking of two realities that by all appearances have nothing to link them, in a setting that by all appearances does not fit them.” This exhibition uses Lauteamont's evocation as a jumping off point to examine those "unlikely linkings" and the influences and innovations created by the Surrealists over four decades.

Said Rowland Weinstein, “Surrealist thought and ideals would go on to influence every modern art movement that followed from Abstract Expressionism to Conceptualism. Today it permeates many of the disciplines of Contemporary art including installations, performance, video art or assemblege. As the art world continues to push the boundaries, we believe it is important to revisit the Surrealist's influence and legacy as the artistic and thought pioneers they were."

CHANCE MEETING ON A DISSECTING TABLE runs April 28 – MAY 28, 2016 at Weinstein Gallery (444 Clementina Street, San Francisco). Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10AM-6PM. Sunday & Monday by appointment only.

Weinstein Gallery was established in 1992 and specializes in non-objective and Surrealist art from pre-war Europe through the New York School and Abstract Expressionism. The gallery represents the estates of Enrico Donati, Gerome Kamrowski, and David Hare, as well as Rudolf Bauer and Hassel Smith. Additionally, the gallery is recognized for its collection and commitment to the women of the Surrealist movement with an extensive collection of Leonor Fini and signature works by Leonora Carrington, Kay Sage, Stella Snead, Juanita Guccione, & Dorothea Tanning. The Surrealism collection includes major works by Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, Roberto Matta, Oscar Domínguez, Gordon Onslow Ford, Wolfgang Paalen, and Kurt Seligmann.

Weinstein Gallery
444 Clementina Street
San Francisco, California
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415-362-8151
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About Weinstein Gallery

Weinstein Gallery was established in 1992 and specializes in non-objective and Surrealist art from pre-war Europe through the New York School and Abstract Expressionism. The gallery represents the estates of Enrico Donati, Gerome Kamrowski, and David Hare, as well as Rudolf Bauer and Hassel Smith. Additionally, the gallery is recognized for its collection and commitment to the women of the Surrealist movement with an extensive collection of Leonor Fini and signature works by Leonora Carrington, Kay Sage, Stella Snead, Juanita Guccione, & Dorothea Tanning. The Surrealism collection includes major works by Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, Roberto Matta, Oscar Domínguez, Gordon Onslow Ford, Wolfgang Paalen, and Kurt Seligmann. Weinstein.com


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