new-york

“Collages and Reliefs 1910–1945”

La Boetie Gallery

“Collages and Reliefs 1910–1945” was a knockout of a museum-quality show jointly sponsored by this New York gallery and Annely Juda Fine Art in London. With works by such Dada and Constructivist artists as Jean Arp, Raoul Hausmann, Kurt Schwitters, László Moholy-Nagy, Alexandra Exter, and Liubov Popova, as well as Picasso, the exhibition captures the visionary conviction and intellectuality that drove the artist pioneers of early-20th-century Modernism to esthetic heights rarely matched today.

Picasso’s and Braque’s injection of collage into their Cubist paintings of 1912 opened the eyes of many artists of their own and later generations to the expressive potential of this technique. At the same time that Picasso was experimenting with collage he was also making reliefs, using found objects which he altered by painting. The practice strongly attracted the attention of the textural- and

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