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Exploring the Unknown: Surrealism in American Art

November 16, 1995 – January 27, 1996

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Press Release

Artists included in this exhibition: John Atherton, Herbert Bayer, William Baziotes, Eugene Berman, Federico Castellon, Joseph Cornell, Julio De Diego, Jimmy Ernst, Jared French, Adolph Gottlieb, Morris Graves, Louis Guglielmi, James Guy, Hananiah Harari, Gerome Kamrowski, Norman Lewis, Boris Margo, George Marinko, Gordon Onslow-Ford, Alfonso Ossorio, Jackson Pollock, Richard Pousette-Dart, Walter Quirt, Andre Racz, Charles Rain, Man Ray, Mark Rothko, Kay Sage, Charles Seliger, Kurt Seligmann, Theodoros Stamos, Dorothea Tanning, Pavel Tchelitchew, and Lawrence Vail

Exploring the Unknown: Surrealism in American Art illustrates the profound influence of Surrealism on American art during the 1930s and 1940s. The works included in this exhibition will exemplify the two distinct veins of Surrealism: the representational, dreamlike imagery of artists like Federico Castellon, Alfonso Ossorio and Dorothea Tanning and the abstract, biomorphic imagery that emerged from the technique of automatism represented by artists like Boris Margo, William Baziotes and Charles Seliger.