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WOLFGANG PAALEN: ZWISCHEN SURREALISMUS UND ABSTRAKTION (Wolfgang Paalen: Between Surrealism and Abstraction). Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, 1993. Organized by Museum moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, in association with Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien. Published in association with Ritter Verlag, Klagenfurt. 288 pp. with 179 ills. (53 col.). 28 x 22 cm. LC 94-148133 ISBN 3854151241 In German.
An extensive review of the contributions of Austrian-born artist Paalen (1905-1959) to the Surrealist movement and his role in the development of Abstract Expressionism, this catalogue features full-page reproductions of some 60 paintings dating from 1924 to 1959, among them biomorphic and Cubist-influenced compositions reflecting Paalen's involvement with the Paris-based Abstraction-Creation group; automatist images and depictions of fantastic clawed figures produced during his Surrealist phase in the 1930s; and vibrant mosaic-like abstractions created after his immigration to Mexico in 1939. Four critical essays that include discussions of Paalen's psychological themes and the impact of his work and writings on American Abstract Expressionists are augmented by a detailed biographical chronology, two theoretical texts by the artist, and homages by Andre Breton, Octavio Paz and Gordon Onslow Ford.
Artist(s):Paalen, Wolfgang
Indexing: Western, Europe — Austria — 1900-1945 — Painting
Plans: 02,03
Worldwide Number: 024278
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