May 11 - June 2, 2017
DI DONNA, 744 Madison Avenue
Taking its cue from the history of Surrealist dinner parties where eclectic menus were served amidst curious places settings, A Surrealist Banquet will feature a sumptuous array of paintings, sculptures, and assemblages relating to food, wine, flowers, and mise en place by Surrealist, Modern, and Post-War artists. The exhibition will unite works of art inspired by the mysterious and sensual aspects of gastronomy within a total environment that evokes the festive and convivial spirit of group dinners organized by Surrealist writers and artists beginning in the late 1920s. In presenting a varied and sensuous collection of works within the setting of a dinner party, A Surrealist Banquet will address many of the common themes that define Surrealism, as well as the performative aspects of the movement. Di Donna Galleries invites visitors to embrace the installation as a hedonistic “feast” of exquisite works of art.
Image: René Magritte, L’Explication, 1962, Gouache on paper, 35.6 by 27.3 cm (14⅛ by 10¾ in.), © 2017 C. Herscovici / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.