Hans Bellmer: Petites Anatomies, Petites Images
May 2 — July 28, 2006
Ubu Gallery announced an exhibition of approximately 70 small-format, vintage photographs by Hans Bellmer (1902–1975), whose overt influence on current art trends still far outweighs the recognition of his emotionally- and intellectually-charged oeuvre. The exhibition presented the earliest examples of Bellmer’s photographic output—specifically, miniatures created in 1934 in connection with the realization of the original German edition of Die Puppe and contact prints of images made between 1935 and 1938, which were considered for inclusion in Les Jeux de la poupée. Bellmer’s photographic activity was sporadic and his production was limited—no more than 150 different images (and within this group many just subtly varied)—yet it possesses an extraordinary richness and individuality without peer in Surrealism.
Ubu’s exhibition coincided with the Centre Georges Pompidou’s traveling retrospective, “Hans Bellmer: Anatomy of Desire,” closing May 22, 2006 (subsequent venues are the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London) and an exhibition at New York’s Miguel Abreu Gallery, “Hans Bellmer: Drawings, Photographs and Prints,” on view from April 29–July 2, 2006.
The New York Times / Art in Review / June 23, 2006 / Roberta Smith
ARTINFO.COM / News & Features / June 2006 / 4 reproductions
ARTnews “Reviews: New York” / October 2006 / Sandra Ban / 1 reproduction / pdf
The Brooklyn Rail / Art Reviews / June 2006 / Stephanie Buhmann / 1 reproduction
Gay City News / “Psychologically Intense” / June 8 – 14, 2005 / Vol. 5, No. 23 / Deborah Garwood / 1 reproduction / pdf
Vogue Italia / “La Poupée” / September 2006 / Mariuccia Casadio / 15 reproductions / pdf
ZOOM Magazine / “Hans Bellmer” / July 2006 / 4 reproductions / pdf
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE FROM THE UBU GALLERY STORE
Hans Bellmer – Louise Bourgeois: Double Sexus
Octopus Time: Bellmer Painting
Behind the Surrealist Curtain: Sex, Sensuality & Silence
SELECTED WORKS FROM THE EXHIBITION