From March 30-May 13, 2017, Paul Kasmin Gallery presents MAX ERNST Big Brother: Teaching Staff for a School of Murderers.

At various moments throughout Ernst’s career, from his Cologne Dada period in the 1920s onwards, the artist turned to three-dimensional materials and sculpture in intense bursts of activity. The exhibition will feature Max Ernst's Corps enseignant pour une école de tueurs (Teaching Staff for a School of Murderers), conceived in 1967 at a pinnacle moment in Ernst’s career in which he fully committed himself to sculpture with fresh rigor. Comprised of three monumental bronze figures, the sculptures synthesize Ernst’s iconic use of language and sharp witticism that in turn transcend personal significance and make pointed commentary on the modern social and political climate.

The trio’s central figure is Big Brother, taking its title from George Orwell's famed dystopian novel, 1984, published in 1949—specifically, the story’s slogan "Big Brother is Watching You!" Flanking Big Brother is Séraphine Cherubin and Séraphin le Néophyte, whose poignant titles reference spiritual authority in Christian and biblical iconography.

This is the gallery’s second exhibition of Ernst’s work. A fully-illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.


DATES: Mar 30-May 13, 2017
LOCATION: Paul Kasmin Gallery
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Paul Kasmin Gallery 297 10th Ave New York, NY 10001

"Big Brother: Teaching staff for a school of murderers" by Max Ernst at Paul Kasmin Gallery

When
Mar 30-May 13, 2017
Where
Paul Kasmin Gallery
297 10th Ave
New York, NY 10001
©2017 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris Photography by Christian Baraja

From March 30-May 13, 2017, Paul Kasmin Gallery presents MAX ERNST Big Brother: Teaching Staff for a School of Murderers.

At various moments throughout Ernst’s career, from his Cologne Dada period in the 1920s onwards, the artist turned to three-dimensional materials and sculpture in intense bursts of activity. The exhibition will feature Max Ernst's Corps enseignant pour une école de tueurs (Teaching Staff for a School of Murderers), conceived in 1967 at a pinnacle moment in Ernst’s career in which he fully committed himself to sculpture with fresh rigor. Comprised of three monumental bronze figures, the sculptures synthesize Ernst’s iconic use of language and sharp witticism that in turn transcend personal significance and make pointed commentary on the modern social and political climate.

The trio’s central figure is Big Brother, taking its title from George Orwell's famed dystopian novel, 1984, published in 1949—specifically, the story’s slogan "Big Brother is Watching You!" Flanking Big Brother is Séraphine Cherubin and Séraphin le Néophyte, whose poignant titles reference spiritual authority in Christian and biblical iconography.

This is the gallery’s second exhibition of Ernst’s work. A fully-illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.


DATES: Mar 30-May 13, 2017
LOCATION: Paul Kasmin Gallery
Click here for more information
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