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Robert Breer

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A “retouched self-portrait” published in 1962 presents Robert Breer—an American artist born in Detroit in 1926—with his face half-photographed and half-drawn, as though he were being absorbed little by little into his work; he sits at a table in his studio, surrounded by reels of film and strange objects virtually animated by little arrows. This, then, is the surprising and amusing universe that the artist has constructed in all his drawings, films, and objects since the late ’50s, one entirely ruled by movement, abstract figures, and forms come to life. within the lineage of Viking Eggeling and Hans Richter, and parallel to Norman MacLaren. Breer’s animated films (photographed and projected drawings) use humor to construct stories of form and color. In a few short minutes, these abstract elements appear, encounter each other, collide in fits and starts, and eventually fade into

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