CLAUDE CAHUN: 127TH BIRTHDAY

Ubu Gallery would like to commemorate the 127th birthday of artist and author Claude Cahun. They are best known for their surrealist photography, especially self-portraits. As a non-binary artist, they used their work to examine and defy the societal norms around sexuality and gender in the 1920’s.

The artist is also the subject of today’s Google Doodle, which can be seen on Google’s homepage or the link here.

Claude Cahun
Untitled (Jawbone on a tray with objects)
ca. 1936
Vintage gelatin silver print
4 5/8 x 4 5/8 inches (11.7 x 11.7 cm) – image
7 x 4 7/8 inches (17.8 x 12.4 cm) – sheet
(CAHU 27)

A photograph of a jaw bone, perhaps of a shark or other animal, placed sideways on a tray. Multiple other small objects are placed on the tray.


FIAC! 2021: LA MONDE ARTICLE

Ubu Gallery is pleased to be presenting at FIAC! 2021 at the Grand Palais Ephémère in Paris, and to be mentioned in a recent article in La Monde.

The article reads:

Lots of ideas to take advantage of the return of FIAC
Today, “La Matinale” is interested in contemporary art and offers you a choice of events around the great Parisian event, which returns after a blank year in 2020.

By Emmanuelle Jardonnet and Emmanuelle Lequeux

The International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) is back at the temporary Grand Palais in Paris until October 24, 2021.

The return of the International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris in 2021 is happening with a bang: beyond the FIAC itself, installed in the ephemeral Grand Palais, a multitude of parallel fairs and exhibitions are to be seen this week. -end in Paris or Ile-de-France. We made a selection, to see art in the open air, discover new talent, or attend performances …

Our favorites at FIAC
After the cancellation of 2020, FIAC returns to Paris in a brand new location: the ephemeral Grand Palais, designed by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. The place is smaller than the Grand Palais, which is currently under construction, but still offers a view of the stands of 170 French and international galleries, which offer a fine selection of modern and contemporary works. The Berlin gallery owner Esther Schipper came with her shock team: Philippe Parreno plays snowman, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster thinks he’s Callas or Fitzcarraldo, Ann Veronica Janssens puts sparks in the eyes, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané draws in the air… The French Jérôme Poggi has composed a bouquet of artists with heady scents, closer to contemporary concerns: the Franco-Canadian Kapwani Kiwanga, the Ukrainian Nikita Kadan and the Brazilian Sidival Fila. At Plan B, you will find a stand worthy of a museum: a magnificent conversation between the nocturnal drawings of Achraf Touloub and the ceramics of Navid Nuur, which seem to melt into a mini cabinet of curiosity. At the Jousse gallery, the spectral silhouettes of the young painter Simon Martin won all the votes.

The stand at the Jocelyn Wolff gallery brings together, around a bronze skeleton by Francisco Tropa, the ceramic sculptures by Katinka Bock and the concrete and enamel installation by Isa Melsheimer. At Christian Berst Art Brut, the anatomical plates of Czech Lubos Plny reveal astonishing maps of his psyche, which he dissects as one with his schizophrenia. The Ubu Gallery presents, in homage to collector Daniel Cordier, an exceptional collection of drawings by Unica Zürn and rare works by Bellmer. At Main Hall, a solo show dedicated to Lois Weinberger (1947-2020), an Austrian plastic artist, celebrates her work between plants, animals and humans. Finally, at Gb Agency, dialogue a magnificent mirror subjected to a silver enchantment by Dove Allouche and graphic fleeing lines by Mark Geffriaud.

A link to the article on the newspaper’s website can be found here.

Hans Bellmer
Nous la suivons à pas lents
[“We Follow Her with Slow Steps”] 1937
Vintage gelatin silver print with white gouache and red & black ink.
Mount bearing note in green ink in artist’s hand and with printing notations
10 3/4 x 7 5/8 inches (27.3 x 19.4 cm) – image
(BELL 523)

A photograph of a sculpture on a white background with a yellowish border. It shoes a female face and head looking down, with sphere or breast like shapes around the base.


METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART: SURREALISM BEYOND BORDERS

Ubu Gallery is pleased to take part in a new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Surrealism Beyond Borders spans almost 80 years and 45 countries to trace the route of a revolutionary movement. Surrealism, typically viewed through a Western European lens, has been refocused in this exhibition through a global and international perspective. The show runs through January 30, 2022 at The Met 5th Avenue in Gallery 899. Further information can be found here.

Gerome Kamrowski
Embalmed Universe
ca. 1939
Shadow-box collage assemblage of black board, halftone cut-outs, gouache & ink
14 1/2 x 16 inches (36.8 x 40.6 cm)
Signed in gouache on recto
(KAMR 1)

A collage consisting of textured pieces and various cut outs. The cut outs are of faces, planets, several hands, and the moon. The black board is cut out to create a depression, where the cut out images are placed. Thin white lines and dotted lines circle and swirl around the cut outs.


ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ: POSTCARDS FROM PARIS

Ubu Gallery is pleased to take part in a new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. André Kertész: Postcards from Paris features the artist’s rare and small-format carte postale prints, featuring both objects and figures, and sheds new light on his early experimental career. The exhibition takes place from .

André Kertész
Untitled (Tristan Tzara)
1926
Vintage gelatin silver print on carte postale
5 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches (13.3 x 8.3 cm)
4.33 x 3.15 inches (11 x 8 cm)- image
Signed in pencil on recto
(KERT 5)

A photograph of a man with dark hair standing with one hand on what appears to be a doorway. He wears a dark suit, striped tie, and a monocle over his right eye as he gazes to the left.


FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer

Ubu Gallery is pleased to take part in a new exhibition at London’s Drawing Room. The show examines the lasting influence of Hans Bellmer and explores the concept of the body as grounds for human experiences such as liberation and oppression. Ubu Gallery has contributed several works by both Hans Bellmer and Unica Zürn, which can be viewed from September 10 – October 31, 2021. For more information, please visit the exhibition page here.

Hans Bellmer
Untitled
[“Reversible Drawing”] 1953
Pencil & gouache on card
5 1/4 x 4 inches (13.3 x 10.2 cm)
Signed & dated on recto
(BELL 445)

 

Installation view, FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer, Drawing Room, London, 2021
Photo: Eva Herzog

FIGURE/S: drawing after Bellmer

Selected Images From The Exhibition


ONLINE LECTURE: TOYEN AND CZECH SURREALISM

An upcoming lecture will be held on Thurday, August 5, about the artist Toyen. An important figure in the art world of early Czechoslovakia as well as one of the Paris Surrealists, Toyen’s influence can be seen and felt even now. The lecture will be held via Zoom by Karla Huebner, an art historian from Wright State University, and will discuss the ongoing exhibition Toyen: A Dreaming Rebel at the National Gallery Prague. More information about the event can be found here.

ONLINE LECTURE: TOYEN AND CZECH SURREALISM


GALERIE GAILLARD: DANS L’OEIL DE DANIEL POMMEREULLE

Ubu Gallery is pleased to take part in a new exhibition at Galerie Christophe Gaillard.
DANS L’OEIL DE DANIEL POMMEREULLE is a group exhibition featuring artists such as Max Ernst, Man Ray, and Henri Michaux. A work by Unica Zürn, on loan from Ubu Gallery, can be seen at the exhibition, which continues until June 26, 2021. Further information about the show can be found here.

Unica Zürn
Untitled
1967
Ink on paper
8 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches (21 x 27 cm)
Drawing on verso
(ZURN 129)

An image of a reptile or fish like shape, consisting of delicate lines and several bold lines of black color.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HANS BELLMER!

Today marks the birthday of one of the gallery’s favorite artists, Hans Bellmer (13 March 1902 – 24 February 1975). He was a German Surrealist, widely known for his series of photographs of two adolescent female dolls, which he constructed himself, as well as his partnership with fellow artist Unica Zürn.

Hans Bellmer
La Poupée
[“The Doll”] 1937
Hand colored vintage gelatin silver print
6 5/8 x 6 3/4 inches (16.8 x 17.1 cm)
(BELL 486)

An image of what appears to be two pairs of mannequin legs, which are joined so that one pair of legs points upward. The legs stand in front of a doorway, and a metal object with a woven design, perhaps a carpet beater, appears in the foreground.


KICKEN GALLERY BERLIN: NEW EXHIBITION

Ubu Gallery is pleased to take part in a new exhibition at Kicken Berlin.
Sheroes of Photography Part 1: From Lady Hatton to Hannah Höch, From Monika Von Boch To Tata Ronkholz is part of the gallery’s 2021 program, dedicated to female photographers from the 19th to 21st centuries. A work by Marta Hoepffner, on loan from Ubu Gallery, can be seen at the exhibition, which continues until April 23rd, 2021. Further information about the show can be found here.

Marta Hoepffner
Afrikanische Kunst
(“African Art”)1935
Tempera on board with applied vintage silver print cut-outs
nailed to original stepped, black wood mount
19 3/8 x 15 inches (49.2 x 38.1 cm) – image
22 x 17 1/2 inches (55.9 x 44.5 cm) – mount
Signed on recto
(HOEP 1)

An image consisting of picture cut outs of various images, including what appear to be African masks, a statue, and a vase or pitcher. The background is rusty orange with areas of yellow, red and green. A human figure, sitting cross-legged or kneeling, is painted on the bottom right.


MASSIMO DE CARLO GALLERY: VSPACE EXHIBITION

Ubu Gallery is please to take part in a new exhibition held at Massimo De Carlo Gallery. An entirely virtual exhibition, How They Met Themselves: Folie à Deux is curated by Piotr Uklański and explores the various kinds of partnerships and couplings between an artist and their muse. Famous examples throughout art history include Leonora Carrington and Max Ernst, Unica Zürn and Hans Bellmer, and Dante Gabriel Rosetti and Lizzie Siddall.

Though the term “folie à deux” may have connotations of madness and obsession, the exhibition subverts this meaning and delves into these relationships as an exploration of their complexity and psychic intensity. The exhibition can be viewed online here.

A photograph of an exhibition room with white walls and floor, showing two works hung on the left wall and two on the wall facing the viewer.