Glass encountered Surrealism while training in Paris, the movement’s epicenter, during the 1950s. La Unidad del Multiple, which Glass produced in Mexico, his longtime residence, reflects the Surrealists’ predilection for intimate, compact objects meant to be handled. The dreamlike watercolor-on-ivory drawing contained within the cover of the handmade box is typical of Glass’s style, as is the imagery on the drypoint prints that the box houses. The single collage in the portfolio is an amalgam of everyday objects, including a miniature spoon and fragments of a doily, which together compose a fantastic scene. Accompanying the portfolio is a poem written by fellow Mexico-based Surrealist artist and author Leonora Carrington.
Signature: Each print is signed in graphite at lower right: "A. Glass"
Inscription: Each print is inscribed at lower left: "P. U."
Alan Glass (Canadian, active Mexico, born 1932); Donor: Alan Glass (Canadian, active Mexico, born 1932)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selection from the Permanent Collection," September 28, 2015–January 7, 2016.
Artist: Alan Glass (Canadian, active Mexico, born 1932)Date: 2016Medium: 3 portfolios of drypoint prints in boxes covered with black linen and with images inset on front and back of each box. Each box contains 11 drypoint prints and one sheet of letterpress text with a poem. Works in boxes 1 and 2 printed on BFK Rives 100% cotton, 250 grs and box 3 printed on Hahnemühle 100% cotton, 300 grs.
Accession: 2016.804.1(1–12), .2(1–12), .3(1–12)On view in:Not on view