The Surrealists

Byron Gallery

The Surrealism show at the Byron Gallery is very hard to review: since it intends to be a broad survey of the movement, strictly speaking one would have first to say what the movement is all about and then consider to what extent the particular selection in this show reflected one’s interpretation of the movement. Here, it is hard to see what basis supports the selection—it scarcely seems to be a selection at all. There are only six or seven major works out of more than sixty, important artists do not figure in the show while peripheral ones do, some artists are represented by many works, others by only one, and the reasons for the emphasis or its lack are not always apparent; even where an artist is represented by several things, they are not chosen so as to give an idea of the several aspects of his production; whole phases of the movement are scarcely represented.

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