Monday, March 26, 2012

MoMA: Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration

March 14–July 9, 2012

Exquisite Corpse is a game Surrealists played where players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for them to add their part. At the end there is a composite juxtaposition of thoughts that created a surreal story. The Surrealist artists also played with the human body and subjected it to distortions which also resulted in a composite. Through history we see the exquisite corpse come to life by artists like André Masson and Joan Miró to Louise Bourgeois and Robert Gober to Mark Manders and Nicola Tyson.

These corporeal pastiche drawings can be seen now through July 9 at MoMA.
MoMA press release.
Read a review of the show at Hyperallergic and at the New York Times.

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