Blain Di Donna, New York
27 April – 15 June, 2012
981 Madison Avenue New York
+1 212 988 0939

This exhibition brings together paintings and works on paper created during one of the most important periods of André Masson’s career and is the largest and most comprehensive survey of his art to be exhibited in New York since the 1976 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

André Masson was an initial component of the Surrealist movement from 1925-28 (and again in the late 1930s), closely associating with artists and writers such as André Breton, Joan Miró and Georges Bataille. From his early Cubist paintings to his late calligraphic abstract works, Masson’s elusive stylistic developments situate him beyond simple categorization. The artist is best known for his contribution to automatic painting, a Surrealist practice which embraced chance and the unknown, and for his vibrant abstract compositions, bold use of line and form and innovative employment of materials, including sand and collage. His process of automatic painting went on to deeply influence the New York School of Abstract Expressionists, in particular Jackson Pollock. Recurring throughout his oeuvre is the relationship between violence and the erotic, explorations which are eloquently presented in this remarkable exhibition.

Comprising more than 30 works, the show reveals Masson’s extraordinary imagination, as each canvas and drawing is imbued with poetic imagery and symbolic content.