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First Papers of Surrealism. 14 October - 7 November 1942. 451 Madison Avenue, N.Y.C.

Duchamp, Marcel, Andre Breton, R. A. Parker,. Forword by Sidney Janis.

Published by Coordinating Council of French Relief Societies, New York, 1942
Condition: Fine Soft cover
From White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB (West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.)

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4to. 26.5 by 18.5 cm. Unpaginated, about 50 pages. With yellow wraps designed by Duchamp, on the front, a photo of a moonscape-like yellow and black wall, on the back, a Swiss-cheese-like surface. This was a milestone exhibition put together by the recent French emigres, Duchamp and Breton, their first foray into the New York art scene during the war. The exhibit, which was staged at the Henry Villard and Whitelaw Reid House on Madison Avenue (now forming the front of the Palace Hotel), had illustrious sponsors, including Peggy Guggenheim, Pierre Matisse, Elsa Schaiparelli and Sidney Janis. The exhibit was a sweeping survey of the movement, and included artists who might generally not be thought of as surrealists, and who might never have used the term in regard to themselves, including Edward Lear, Brueghel, for one. Artists include Williarm Steig, Marc Chagall, Picasso, Max Ernst, Leonora Carrington, Giorgio de Chirico, Henri Matisse, Morris Hirshfield, Joan Miro, Kurt Seligmann, Yves Tanguy, Andre Masson, Alexander Calder, Robert Motherwell, etc. From this list, one can see how truly international was the artists represented, as well as how the exhibit reached both back and forward in its outlook. The images of artwork shown in the catalogue are black and white and no more than serviceable representations, but they do capture the fun and revelatory nature of the exhibit extraordinarily well -- this was an exciting exhibit that undoubtedly sparking real thought about the movement. The catalogue was also a wonderful fillip at the devastation unleashed in Europe, or an affirmation that the art world wasn't going to roll over as the tanks rolled into and temporarily vanquished France. This is a very clean copy. Slight rust on the staples used to bind the catalogue, and the center sheet has become loose from the staples. Otherwise, fine. Bookseller Inventory # 004613

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Title: First Papers of Surrealism. 14 October - 7 ...

Publisher: Coordinating Council of French Relief Societies, New York

Publication Date: 1942

Binding: Wraps

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First edition.

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