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“Real/Surreal” at The Whitney – Jewels of Uneasiness, Faithfully Rendered

Posted by the editors on Monday, 7 November 2011

Ken Johnson has written an interesting and probing article entitled “Jewels of Uneasiness, Faithfully Rendered”, itself a rather evocative title, in the Art & Design section of The New York Times, looking at the show “Real/Surreal” (through 12 February 2012 at the Whitney Museum of American Art; (212) 570-3600, “Real/Surreal”, works from the Whitney’s permanent collection, is an exhibition of American art from the 1920s to the 1950s: a haunting, disenchanted, uncomfortably dream-like body of work, and a significant predecessor to the energy-filled creations of Abstract Expressionism.  Johnson proposes a resurgence of context: Depression, ecological cataclysm, war, loss of moral referents, in attempting to understand and find the roots of today’s rekindled interest in Surrealism.

top image: Edward Hopper ‘s “Early Sunday Morning” (1930), from “Real/Surreal”/Whitney Museum of American Art/The New York Times

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