Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Alfred Kubin: Drawings 1897-1909

An exhibition of Alfred Kubin's drawings 1897 - 1909 will be held by the Neue Galerie in NYC, September 25th, 2008 - January 26th, 2009. It will be the first exhibition of Kubin's graphic work in North America. A fantastic illustrated catalogue is available for purchase.

Here are a few samples from the exhibit. First, The Last King 1902. This was chosen as the front cover of the catalogue. Next, brace yourself for Self-Observation 1901-2, one of those indelible disturbing grotesques of Kubin's that may cause irreversible psychic trauma, forever etched unto your mind's eye. Below you will find Dying 1899. A nice example of the melancholia and macabre weirdness that infects all of Kubin's work like a morose virus.

The Last King 1902

Self-Observation 1901-2

Dying 1899

In addition to the Neue Gallery exhibition, the Fine Arts Museum Of San Francisco has a large collection of Kubins work posted for online perusal. Both websites are on my Links Of Interest list.

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