Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table
Leave everything. Leave Dad. Leave your wife. Leave your mistress. Leave your hopes and fears. Leave your children in the woods. Leave the substance for the shadow. Leave your easy life, leave what you are given for the future. Set off on the roads.
A comprehensive survey exploring the Surrealist revolution of thought and the role chance and choice played in the evolution of the avant-garde.
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 – Jun 30, 2016 at Weinstein Gallery (444 Clementina Street, San Francisco). Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10AM-6PM. Sunday & Monday by appointment only.