Judit Reigl: Annus Mirabilis, Annus Horribilis. Works from May 1954—June 1955

On view through February 27, 2015

Ubu Gallery is pleased to present Judit Reigl: Annus Mirabilis, Annus Horribilis. Works from May 1954—June 1955, an exhibition of drawings, collages, and paintings made in the course of a single year.

For her biographers, 1954 is considered the annus mirabilis in Judit Reigl’s career, the year of her discovery by André Breton. Moved by Reigl’s 1950 painting, They Have an Unquenchable Thirst for the Endless, Breton declared the work a Surrealist masterpiece and presented the artist’s first solo exhibition in Paris in November 1954 at the Surrealist gallery, L’Étoile scellée. Touted by Breton as the great hope for the future of painting—with Max Ernst lending support from the wings—her presence was finally recognized by the notables of the art world. Reigl, however, remembers 1954 as annus horribilis: a year of personal drama, the only bleak period of her life, which she writes off as chaos—a void that she had to fill with work just to remain alive.

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<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 9 3/4 x 12 3/4 inches (24.8 x 32.4 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 52)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 9 7/8 x 12 7/8 inches (25.1 x 32.7 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 53)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 8 5/8 x 11 inches (21.9 x 27.9 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 54)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 8 3/4 x 11 inches (22.2 x 27.9 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 55)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 56)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 9 3/4 x 12 5/8 inches (24.8 x 32.1 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 57)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 9 1/2 x 12 inches (24.1 x 30.5 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 58)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 8 5/8 x 11 inches (21.9 x 27.9 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 59)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 9 3/8 x 12 inches (23.8 x 30.5 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 60)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 61)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 9 1/2 x 12 inches (24.1 x 30.5 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 62)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 9 15/16 x 12 1/2 inches (25.2 x 31.8 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 63)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 9 1/2 x 12 inches (24.1 x 30.5 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> Dated & dedicated on verso – 17 March 2014, a Janos<br /> (REIG 64)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 9 1/2 x 12 inches (24.1 x 30.5 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> Dated & dedicated on verso – 13 June 2014, a Janos<br /> (REIG 66)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 9 1/2 x 12 inches (24.1 x 30.5 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 67)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 8 5/8 x 11 inches (24.1 x 30.5 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 68)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 8 5/8 x 11 inches (24.1 x 30.5 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 69)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 8 5/8 x 11 inches (24.1 x 30.5 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 70)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> Precursor to <em>Outburst</em> series, 1955-57<br /> November-December 1954<br /> Ink on paper<br /> 8 5/8 x 11 inches (24.1 x 30.5 cm)<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 71)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> <em>Outburst</em><br /> 1955<br /> Oil on canvas<br /> 39 1/2 x 57 7/8 inches (100.3 x 147 cm)<br /> (REIG 77)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> <em>Outburst</em><br /> 1955<br /> Oil on canvas<br /> 41 3/4 x 56 3/4 inches (106 x 144.1 cm)<br /> (REIG 78)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> <em>Outburst</em><br /> 1955<br /> Oil on canvas<br /> 41 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches (105.4 x 144.1 cm)<br /> (REIG 79)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> <em>Before Laws</em><br /> 1954<br /> Oil on canvas<br /> 39 3/4 x 55 1/8 inches (101 x 140 cm)<br /> (REIG 82)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> <em>Broyage du Vide</em><br /> June 1954<br /> Oil on canvas<br /> 30 3/8 x 39 inches (77.2 x 99.1cm)<br /> Signed on recto & verso / Dated on verso<br /> (REIG 84)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> 1954<br /> Collage<br /> 10 1/4 x 8 1/8 inches (24.1 x 30.5 cm)<br /> (REIG 72)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> 1954<br /> Collage<br /> 12 1/8 x 9 3/8 inches – by sight<br /> Signed & dated on recto<br /> (REIG 73)</p>
<p><strong>Judit Reigl</strong><br /> Untitled<br /> 1954<br /> Collage<br /> 7 x 4 7/8 inches – by sight<br /> (REIG 74)</p>