Surrealist | Modern | Post-War Art

7 November 2015

Dream World in Wall Street Journal Magazine

In his most expansive exhibition after splitting from business partner Harry Blain, New York-based art dealer and former Sotheby's vice chairman Emmanuel Di Donna is mapping the psychogeographic with Fields of Dream: The Surreal Landscape - on view through December 18 at his eponymous gallery on the second floor of The Carlyle hotel in Manhattan. Di Donna argues that these mind-altering tableaux provide "a great subject that's never been explored before." The show includes 70 pieces, which range from a 17th-century German master painting of an anthropomorphic landscape to works by Matta, Man Ray, Breton, Tanguy, Picasso and Dali. "They all stem from different perspectives, but there is such a thing as a surrealist landscape," says Di Donna, acknowledging that the artists "are looking in as opposed to out - that's the fascinating thread throughout this exhibition."