Through sixty-two paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs,
artists' books and sequences from twenty-one films, this exhibition
explores the relationship to art of dreams and the unconscious
mind in a variety of approaches.
Some painters have tried to represent dreams: the symbolist
vision of Alfred Kubin, the poetic and delicate vision of Paul
Klee, and the violent obsessive vision of Norwegian painter
Odd Nerdrum are but a few. Other artists have drawn inspiration
from the symbolic content of their dreams, like Jasper John
in "Two Flags." Surrealist works such as those of Magritte and
Dali were the first systematic attempts to glean from the perspective
of psychoanalysis, while Germaine Richier's sculpture "Man of
the Night" explores the hybrid forms of unconscious life.
The exhibition "Dreams 1900-2000: Science, Art, and the Unconscious
Mind" not only highlights well-known contemporary artists such
as Jim Dine, Bill Viola, Michael Lucero and Arnulf Rainer, but
curator Lynn Gamwell also selected emerging artists from all
over the world: book artist Robbin Silverberg (New York), Juan
Gonzalez (Cuba), Javier Silva Meinel (Peru), Alfredo Castaneda
(Mexico), and Duck-Hyun (Korea). Finnish artist Maaria Wirkkala's
"Dream Screen," a black rectangle that she blew on the gallery
wall out of coal dust, succeeds with extreme economy in transforming
any passer-by into a day-dreamer.
Traum" ("Vivid Dream") 1929 Paul Klee
Near To Awakening, When We Dream that We Dream" 1989
"Dreams 1900-2000: Science, Art, and the Unconscious
is on view at The Equitable Gallery:
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday Noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
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Traum" ("Vivid Dream") by Paul Klee is copyright © 1999 Artists
Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. "We Are
Near To Awakening, When We Dream that We Dream" by Birgit Jürgenssen
is copyright © Birgit Jürgenssen, included in "Dreams" courtesy
the artist and Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna.
Images reproduced by permission of The Equitable Gallery.
"Dreams 1900-2000" was organized by the Binghamton University
Art Museum of the State University of New York, with support
from the Lucy Daniels Foundation.