The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, November 19, 2017


The Myth of Narcissus in Surrealist and Contemporary Art at the Fruitmarket Gallery
Salvador Dalí, Metamorphosis of Narcissus, 1937. Oil on canvas, 511 x 781 mm. Tate: Purchased 1979.


EDINBURGH.- Narcissus Reflected is the latest in The Fruitmarket Gallery's series of group exhibitions made by invited scholars, writers and artists. Its prime mover and chief curator is David Lomas, an academic and exhibition-maker known for his work in the fields of surrealism and contemporary art. Artists in the exhibition include: Cecil Beaton, Bill Brandt, Claude Cahun, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dalí, Charles Henri Ford, Florence Henri, Jess, Yayoi Kusama, George Minne, Pierre Molinier, George Platt Lynes, Willard Maas, Paul Nash and Pipilotti Rist. The exhibition is on view from Apri 22 through June 26, 2011.

Narcissus Reflected explores both Narcissus and narcissism. Narcissus is the beautiful youth from Greek mythology, turned by the gods into a narcissus flower as punishment for his self-obsession and inability to love anyone other than his own reflection. Narcissism was identified by Sigmund Freud as an early stage in his account of the formation of an individual's ego, at which they begin to be aware of their sexual drives and desires and seek a love object. The first love object they choose is their own body. In a 'normal' individual, according to Freudian psychoanalysis, narcissism should be only a passing phase.

In the developing tradition of Fruitmarket Gallery group exhibitions, Narcissus Reflected is a scholarly yet also personal, passionate, speculative and eclectic journey into the realm of Narcissus. At its appropriately doubled heart lies Salvador Dali's painting Metamorphosis of Narcissus (1937) and Narkissos (1976-91) the masterwork of the San-Franciscan artist Jess. Dali's painting is one of the most famous, most well-travelled and most often reproduced works of modern art, although this exhibition offers a rare chance to see the painting alongside the poem Dali wrote to accompany it, and a wealth of preparatory sketches and other material. Jess's large, hand-drawn collage, by contrast, rarely leaves the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has never before traveled outside America. This exhibition presents it together with all the material of its making—sketches, a pin board with all the collage's sources, and a preparatory notebook.

Narcissus Reflected weaves a web of connections around these two great pictures, following the thread of Narcissus through experimental film and photography in the 1920s and 1930s and in America in the 1940s and 50s, winding up in the big, immersive contemporary environments of Yayoi Kusama's Narcissus Garden (1966) and Pippilotti Rist's Sip My Ocean (1996). The works in the exhibition keep in play the full variety of meanings of the myth of Narcissus, the exhibition exploring, and seeking to explain, the enduring appeal of the Narcissus subject in art.






Today's News

April 22, 2011

Austrian Nazi Victim's Heir to Get Klimt Painting from Salzburg's Modern Art Museum

National Gallery of Art Acquires Works by Kerry James Marshall, Anne Truitt, and More

Major Piece of Central Polynesian Art, the Very Rare Ohly Figure, to Be Sold by Christie's

Personal Letter from a 16-Year Old Marilyn Monroe Sells for $52,460 at Bonhams & Butterfields

Torn Pieces of Ancient Chinese Painting Reunited at Taiwan National Palace Museum

"Beautiful Darling": Documentary Focuses on One of the Stars of Andy Warhol's Factory

The Myth of Narcissus in Surrealist and Contemporary Art at the Fruitmarket Gallery

Indianapolis Museum of Art Exhibition to Examine Material Culture Through Luxurious Textiles

Smithsonian's National Museum of American History Highlights Civil War Nurses

Previously Unseen Portraits of Susan Boyle and Tony Blair Go on Display at National Portrait Gallery

Auctioneer Don Presley's May 7-8 Sale Includes Select Offerings From California Estates

Collection of Archaeological Pieces Seized in Germany Handed Over to Mexico

Eleven Hand-Drawn Maps of London Featured in New Display at the Museum of London

Frieze Writer's Prize: Call for Entries

Titanic Plans Rediscovered After 99 Years, to Be Displayed for the First Time in a Century

Art 41 Basel Announces Art Statements: Spotlighting Solo Shows by Emerging Artists

Hirshhorn Museum Presents "Directions: Grazia Toderi", Italian Video Artist's U.S. Museum Debut

American-Scandinavian Foundation Celebrates Centennial with Exhibition of Contemporary Nordic Art

Egypt Court Jails Officials Over Van Gogh's "Vase with Viscaria" Stolen in August

Library of Birmingham Boosted by Important 19th Century Photography Collection

New Catalogue to Explore Riches of National Gallery of Scotland's Collection of English Drawings

Major Pieces from Private Collections of American Indian Art Offered at Sotheby's

Penn Museum Launches Louis Shotridge Digital Archive

Czech Town Offers History, Castle, Beer and Bears

Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective in Denver to Present 40 Years of Design Creativity

Inaugural Wine Auction Realizes $1.65+ Million at Heritage Auctions

Arkansas Properties Included on National Register

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Grasshopper found embedded in van Gogh masterpiece at Nelson-Atkins

2.- Scientists discover a mysterious, plane-sized 'void' in Great Pyramid in Egypt

3.- The largest collection of Viking artifacts on display in North America comes to the Royal Ontario Museum

4.- Rafael Soriano opens at Frost Art Museum FIU: Kicks off Miami's Art Basel season

5.- Cleveland Museum of Art releases new strategic plan

6.- Exhibition tells the story of the artists who fled to Britain to escape war in France

7.- Zahi Hawass criticises pyramid void 'discovery'

8.- French court to rule on Nazi-looted Pissarro painting

9.- Clark Art Institute exhibition studies less-explored aspects of Impressionist works

10.- Exhibitions in Germany and Switzerland present works from the Gurlitt Estate



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful