Radient Silence Spanierman Modern
January 5 - February 6, 2010
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"Jimmy Ernst at Spanierman"
DVD Video: Jimmy and Max Ernst: Dada Son
Narrated by Eli Wallach
From the Dada movement in the early 1900s to Surrealism in the 1920s and finally to Abstract Surrealism and Modernism, tells the tale of Jimmy and Max Ernst, is the history of 20th-Century Art. The son of Max Ernst, Jimmy’s work celebrates the expanse of human experience. The honesty demonstrated in his search for meaning through his art, and his struggle to define himself, makes for a powerful viewing experience.
Cover and Book Design by Marcus Ratliff
this new book on the artist Jimmy Ernst
from Hudson Hills Press Inc.,
the life and work of this remarkable individual is shown in a stunning
collection of prose and color reproductions.
Featuring essays by Kurt Vonnegut and Donald Kuspit and edited by Phyllis Braff of the New York Times, the book expresses the ethereal beauty of this great artist's work and reflects on his role and influence in the formation of the contemporary art world in the latter half of the twentieth century.
Now available at bookstores and on line.
"A Not-So-Still Life reads like a novel Balzac might have invented, if he had had a father as famous and infamous as the Surrealist trailblazer Max Ernst, a mother as remarkable as the cruelly doomed Lou... His is a memoir that will grip you and haunt you for a very long time." - Budd Schulberg
Jimmy Ernst, son of twentieth-century giant Max Ernst, the great Surrealist, and a major painter himself, relates with pain and humor both his European childhood amidst a community that was revolutionizing art and literature on the eve of World War II and his arrival in America at eighteen, alone and penniless, with no knowledge of English, where he found support and the home he had never had. It is a moving account of growing up as the son of a brilliant, erratic father who looms large, for good and ill; and most of all, it is a tribute to and an appreciation of his mother, Louise Straus-Ernst, art historian and journalist, who vanished on one of the last trains to Auschwitz.
Studded with the leading personalities of art in our time and the colorful characters on its periphery - Paul Eluard and his wife, Gala, Max's lover and later the internationally known Dragon Lady, Madame Dali; Andre Breton, tyrannical spokesman for the Surrealists; Peggy Guggenheim, who saved Max with her money and love from Hitler's Europe; Paul Klee, diapering the infant Jimmy; Mondrian, Baziotes, Pollock, and the other giants of the era - this memoir takes us from the Dada happenings through Guggenheim's "Art of This Century" to the manifestoes of the New York School of Abstract Expressionism.
through the book and read short excerpts from some of the following chapters
An Echo Etched in Smoke
A Cage of Nightmares
Darkness Über Alles
The Luxury of Sadness
Some Desperate Dances
Yesterday is a Far-off Shore
Postscript: Cell#12-May 1944-Lou Ernst
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