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La Unidad del Multiple

Alan Glass (Canadian, active Mexico, born 1932)
Written by Leonora Carrington (Mexican (born England), Clayton Green, Lancashire 1917–2011 Mexico City)
Drypoint, watercolor and collage
Overall: 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (27.3 x 19.7 x 7 cm) sheet: 10 1/8 x 7 1/4 in. (25.7 x 18.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of the artist, 2009
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
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.

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