There is something about the vast vistas, bright colors, clearly delineated lines, and fantastical shapes and formations of the American desert that go hand in hand with Surrealism as with no other art form.
What better place than the Phoenix Art Museum to stage two major Surrealist shows?
Just opened at the Phoenix and on view through Oct. 23 is "Dream On: Surrealism and Beyond From the Phoenix Art Museum Collection." It contains 30 prime examples of this popular art form by such notable artists as Alexander Calder, Jean Cocteau and Max Ernstthe last a refugee from the Nazis who lived and painted in Arizona in the years after World War II.
Opening June 5 and up through Sept. 25 is "Surrealism USA," featuring 80 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Ernst and some of the other artists mentioned, but also by Salvador Dali, whose work epitomized the dream-like nature of the art form in its origins and essence.
The later, more abstract evolution of American Surrealism is represented with pieces by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and David Smith, among familiar others.
At 1625 N. Central Ave. Phone 602-257-1222 or see www.phxart.org.
David Smith, part 2
Other art by the late David Smith, including creations never displayed in public before, has gone on exhibit in Dallas through July 17 at the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St.
The exhibit includes 15 important sculptures, and 70 major drawings and paintings.
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