Imaginary Ancestors

by Agustín Cárdenas , Alexander Calder , Barnett Newman , Ernst Wilhelm Nay , Günther Förg , and Pablo Picasso ,


Imaginary Ancestors

Essays by Bernard de Grunne and Carlo Severi
Conversation between Almine Rech and François Bellet
19,5 x 24,5 cm
7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in
354 pages
Edition of 1500
Almine Rech Editions

ISBN : 9782930573199

"Imaginary Ancestors" looks at Primitivism in modern and contemporary art, on the one hand restaging a seminal 1933 Durand-Ruel Gallery exhibition in New York of Fang sculptures and contemporary paintings of the time, and on the other hand presenting a parallel exhibition of Primitivist modern and affiliated contemporary works.

Features ‘Fang Sculpture: An Art – Just Called Classical’, an essay by Bernard de Grume, ‘Pablo Picasso’s Inventory and Collection of African Art’, a conversation between Almine Rech and François Bellet, ‘Paradoxes of Primitivism, Notes on Aesthetics and Anthropology’, ‘Primitivist Empathy’ and ‘Ancestors to Come’, essays by Carlo Severi and exclusive archive materials and subsequent texts on Primitivism in modern and contemporary art.

This catalogue is published in conjunction with this group exhibition organized with leading anthropologist Carlo Severi and Bernard de Grunne, which took place at Almine Rech Gallery New York from May 2 to June 15, 2017.

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