Lecture Gavin Parkinson (Courtauld Institute of Art): The Avenging Archangel: Surrealism, Art Criticism and the ‘Sensibility of the Sixties’, 22 March 2019

Friday 22 March, 16:30 – 18:30h (incl. drinks reception)
UB Doelenzaal, University of Amsterdam

In the 1960s Surrealism made a comeback in Europe and the US after being almost entirely ignored through the previous decade, when leading art critics and magazines favoured abstract, minimalist and conceptual art. A major exhibition was hosted at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1968: Dada, Surrealism, and Their Heritage. It is well known that the exhibition was protested by Surrealists and Surrealist sympathizers as a travesty of the movement. Professor Parkinson will discuss this exhibition, among other things, and argue that it was the outcome of a longstanding tendency in US art history to impose upon Surrealist art a sensibility issuing from formalism that it favoured over one issuing from Surrealism that it did not, demonstrating the suppression of the history of Surrealist art by art history.

Gavin Parkinson is Senior Lecturer in European Modernism at The Courtauld Institute of Art.

All our welcome to attend the lecture and following drinks reception. Please register via s.kunstgeschiedenis@uva.nl.

This lecture is part of the symposium SURREALISM AS ART HISTORY – SURREALISM AND ART THEORY, 22 and 23 March, at the University of Amsterdam. More info via t.m.bauduin@uva.nl