Hans Bellmer: Drawings from 1930 – 1964

March 3 — May 13, 2016

Ubu Gallery is pleased to have presented a significant exhibition of drawings by Hans Bellmer (1902–1975), a Surrealist whose overt influence on current art trends far outweighs the critical recognition afforded his dexterous and emotionally-charged oeuvre. The exhibition showcased a selection of more than 30 drawings spanning Bellmer’s remarkable career.

Although most acclaimed for the life-sized adolescent female dolls he produced and photographed, Bellmer was a master draftsman formally trained in engineering, design and perspective. His drawings evince exceptional quality of line and he is a worthy successor to the northern European classicists, such as Albrecht Dürer and Matthias Grünewald, whose “Isenheim Altarpiece” exerted such a profound impact on his creative psyche. He applied the precision of the Old Masters to his own distinctive figurative style of drawing marked by eros, duality, metamorphosis and abstraction. Bellmer succeeded in rendering a sexually-laden atmosphere that realized a personal language of desire which, in his own words, “made it possible to recreate physically the dizzying heights of passion and to do so to the extent of creating new desires.”

Hans Bellmer

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