Journal of Surrealism and the Americas, Vol 6, No 1 (2012)

DalĂ­, Magritte and Surrealism's Legacy, New York, c. 1965

Sandra R. Zalman


This paper compares two simultaneous exhibitions of Surrealist painters that took place in the Winter of 1965 in New York, arguing that these exhibitions helped to re-write the legacy of Surrealism in the context of contemporary art of the 1960s. Through a consideration of the reception of Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali, this paper illustrates how the vastly different institutional models of the Museum of Modern Art and the Gallery of Modern Art reframed figurative Surrealism for both contemporary audiences as well as the history of modern art.

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