Kurt Schwitters: Collages, Paintings, Drawings, Objects, Ephemera
April 1 — May 23, 2003
Ubu Gallery reopened at its new location with a solo exhibition of 66 works by one of the great innovators of the 20th Century, Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948), a pioneer in the modern art forms of collage and assemblage. In the ferment immediately following World War I, art and words commingled—directly or indirectly—under the influence of Dada. Artists and writers expressed their willful rejection of “bourgeois” values through collaborative exhibitions, performances and publications. No one was more obsessed with words—their meaning, sounds and appearance—than the Hannover, Germany-based Schwitters, who, in all his endeavors, as artist, poet, publisher, typographer, graphic designer, performer and lecturer, placed words firmly at his center. The joining of the visual, the verbal, the fantastic and the mundane was realized triumphantly in his Merzbilder, as Schwitters called the collages he began to make in 1919.
A catalogue produced in conjunction with the exhibition is available for purchase at the Ubu Gallery store.
The New York Times / Art in Review / April 18, 2003 / Grace Glueck / 2 reproductions
The New York Times / Art Guide / May 2, 2003 / Grace Glueck / 1 reproduction
Time Out New York / Listings (“Don’t Miss…”) / March 27 – April 3, 2003 / 1 reproduction
The Art Newspaper / The Wider Commercial Scene / April 2003 / Sarah Douglas / 1 reproduction
The New York Sun / Arts & Letters / April 17, 2003 / David Grosz / 1 reproduction
New York Magazine / Cue Art / April 28, 2003 / Edited by Edith Newhall / 1 reproduction
The Week / Review of reviews: Arts / May 2, 2003 / 1 reproduction
The New Yorker / Galleries-Uptown / May 19, 2003 / Richard McGuire
Art in America / “Kurt Schwitters at Ubu” / January 2004 / Jonathan Gilmore / 1 reproduction
SELECTED WORKS FROM THE EXHIBITION