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Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art

Organized in association with David Zwirner

537 W 20th Street, New York

September 12 – October 27, 2018

Bosch, Contemporary Follower of_Garden of Earthly Delights
The Four Elements
Putnam, Wallace_Traveller Mask_1936
Redon, Odilon_Angel of Destiny_1890
Gustave Moreau Paris 1826–1898 Paris
de Chirico, Giorgio_La grande torre_1932
De Chirico, Giorgio_Archeology_1927
Cosimo, Piero di_Finding of Vulcan_1490
Ensor, James_Skeletons Warming Themselves_1889
Installation View, Endless Enigma, Contemporary Follower of Hieronymus Bosch 
Installation View, Endless Enigma, Augsburg clock, Contemporary Follower of Hieronymus Bosch, Louis Finson, 15th century gargoyle, René Magritte
Installation View, Endless Enigma, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, Louise Bourgeois, Lisa Yuskavage, Salvador Dalí, Gustave Moreau, Augsburg clock
Installation view, Endless Enigma
Installation View, Endless Enigma, Piero di Cosimo, Workshop of Severo da Ravenna, Leonor Fini
Installation View, Endless Enigma, Roberto Matta, Robert Gober, Titian, Salvador Dalí
Installation View, Endless Enigma, Francis Picabia, Max Ernst, Max Ernst, Odilon Redon, Robert Gober
Installation View, Endless Enigma, Salvator Rosa, Pietro Novelli, known as Il Monrealese
Installation View, Endless Enigma, Francis Alÿs, José Gutiérrez Solana, James Ensor, Odilon Redon, Edvard Munch
Installation View, Endless Enigma, Michaël Borremans, Jan Brueghel the Younger, Herri met de Bles, Antoni Tàpies, James Ward, Martin Schongauer, Gustave Moreau, Francis Alÿs
Installation View, Endless Enigma, Francisco de Goya, William Blake, Edvard Munch, Odilon Redon, Alfred Kubin, Victor Hugo, Paul Klee, Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Installation View, Endless Enigma, Sherrie Levine, Kerry James Marshall, Giorgio de Chirico, Robert Gober

Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art
David Zwirner
537W 20th Street, New York

September 12 – October 27, 2018 

Nicholas Hall is pleased to present Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art, organized in collaboration with David Zwirner and presented at its gallery location on West 20th street in New York. This exhibition takes as its point of departure Alfred Barr’s legendary 1936 exhibition at MoMA  Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism, which not only introduced these movements to the American public for the first time, but also placed them in a historical and cultural context by situating them with artists from earlier centuries. Drawn from international museum and private collections, Endless Enigma will include works from the twelfth-century to the present day.

The exhibition will provide a unique opportunity to examine affinities in intention and imagery between works executed across a broad span of time. Endless Enigma will explore the ways artists have sought to explain their world in terms of an alternate reality, drawn from imagination, the subconscious, poetry, nature, myth and religion. Works on view range from twelfth-century gargoyles from France; masterworks from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries by Giuseppe Arcimbolo, Herri met de Bles, Hieronymus Bosch, Piero di Cosimo, and Titian; seventeenth- and eighteenth-century works by Damiano Cappelli, Pietro Novelli, and Salvator Rosa; nineteenth-century works by William Blake, James Ensor, Francisco Goya, Gustave Moreau, Odilon Redon, and James Ward; and works from the twentieth century to the present day by Jean Arp, Eileen Agar, Louise Bourgeois, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, Robert Gober, José Gutiérrez Solana, Sherrie Levine, René Magritte, Roberto Matta, Pablo Picasso, Wallace Putnam, Man Ray, Kay Sage, Yves Tanguy, Luc Tuymans, and Lisa Yuskavage, among others. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, David Zwirner Books will publish a fully illustrated scholarly catalogue, which will include new scholarship by Dawn Ades, Olivier Berggruen, and J. Patrice Marandel.

A symposium on Fantastic Art, organized by Nicholas Hall and Yuan Fang, will take place on October 27 at The Kitchen. Participants will include Olivier Berggruen (independent art historian and curator), Till-Holger Borchert (Director of Musea Brugge, Bruges), David Freedberg (Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art and Director of The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University, New York), J. Patrice Marandel (independent art historian and curator), Richard Rand (Associate Director for Collections, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles), Hannah Segrave (PhD candidate in Baroque Art History, University of Delaware, Newark), Luke Syson (Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Chairman of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Oliver Tostmann (Susan Morse Hilles Curator of European Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut), and Anne Umland (The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York).


Exhibited artists:

Eileen Agar (1899–1991)
Francis Alÿs (b. 1959)
Jean Arp (1886–1966)
William Blake (1757–1827)
Herri met de Bles (c. 1510­–after 1550)
Michaël Borremans (b. 1963)
Contemporary follower of Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450–1516)
School of Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450–1516)
Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010)
Victor Brauner (1903–1966)
Jan Brueghel the Younger (1601–1678)
Damiano Cappelli (d. 1688)
Giorgio de Chirico (1888–1978)
Joseph Cornell (1903–1972)
Piero di Cosimo (1462–1522)
Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553)
Salvador Dalí (1904–1989)
Gustave Doré (1832–1883)
Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968)
Alart du Hameel (c. 1449–before 1507)
Marcel Dzama (b. 1974)
James Ensor (1860–1949)
Max Ernst (1891–1976)
Leonor Fini (1907–1996)
Louis Finson (1580–1617)
Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966)
Robert Gober (b. 1954)
Francisco de Goya (1746–1828)
Grand-Ducal workshops, Florence (c. 1625)
Attributed to Jean-Jacques Grandville (1803–1847)
Victor Hugo (1802–1885)
Richard Humphry (b. 1942)
Fernand Khnopff (1858–1921)
Paul Klee (1879–1940)
Alfred Kubin (1877–1959)
Sherrie Levine (b. 1947)
René Magritte (1898–1967)
Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955)
André Masson (1896–1987)
Roberto Matta (1911–2002)
Gustave Moreau (1826–1898)
Edvard Munch (1863–1944)
Filippo Napoletano (c. 1587–after 1629)
Pietro Novelli, known as Il Monrealese (1603–1647)
Raymond Pettibon (b. 1957)
Francis Picabia (1879–1953)
Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778)
Sigmar Polke (1941–2010)
Wallace Putnam (1899–1989)
Workshop of Severo da Ravenna (1496–before 1543)
Man Ray (1890–1976)
Odilon Redon (1840–1916)
Salvator Rosa (1615–1673)
Ed Ruscha (b. 1937)
Kay Sage (1898–1963)
Maurice Sand (1823–1889)
Martin Schongauer (between 1435/1450–1491)
Kurt Seligmann (1900–1962)
José Gutiérrez Solana (1886–1945)
Léon Spilliaert (1881–1946)
Yves Tanguy (1900–1955)
Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012)
Luc Tuymans (b. 1958)
Tiziano Vecelli, known as Titian (c. 1485/1490–1576)
James Ward (1769–1859)
Lisa Yuskavage (b. 1962)

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