Art/ Collection/ Art Object

My Life, White and Black

Artist:
Yves Tanguy (American (born France), Paris 1900–1955 Woodbury, Connecticut)
Date:
1944
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
35 3/4 x 29 7/8 in. (90.8 x 75.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998
Accession Number:
1999.363.81
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 907
Interlocking organic shapes of dull and sharp appendages support one another like a monument in Tanguy's characteristic space. Having met the poet André Breton in 1925, Tanguy remained true to the Surrealist movement throughout his work, borrowing shapes and motifs from Jean Arp and Joan Miró.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): YVES TANGUY 44
[Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, 1944–58; sold on May 8, 1958 to Gelman]; Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1958–his d. 1986); Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1986–d. 1998; her bequest to MMA)

New York. Pierre Matisse Gallery. "Homage to the 'Salon d'Automne' 1944, 'Salon de la Libération'," December 9–31, 1944, no. 26.

New York. Pierre Matisse Gallery. "Yves Tanguy, Paintings," May 8–June 2, 1945, no. 12.

New York. Pierre Matisse Gallery. "Yves Tanguy," November 5–30, 1946, no. 18.

San Francisco. California Palace of the Legion of Honor. "Second Annual Exhibition of Painting," November 19, 1947–January 4, 1948, unnumbered cat. (p. 42).

Beverly Hills. Copley Galleries. "Yves Tanguy: Paintings and Gouaches," Winter 1948, no. 15.

Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Yves Tanguy: A Retrospective Exhibition," September 7–October 30, 1955, unnumbered cat. (p. 49).

Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Dada, Surrealism, and Their Heritage," March 27–June 9, 1968, no. 319.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Dada, Surrealism, and Their Heritage," July 16–September 8, 1968, no. 319.

Art Institute of Chicago. "Dada, Surrealism, and Their Heritage," October 19–December 8, 1968, no. 319.

New York. Acquavella Galleries, Inc. "Yves Tanguy," November 7–December 7, 1974, no. 35.

Paris. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou. "Yves Tanguy: Rétrospective 1925–1955," June 17–September 27, 1982, no. 97.

Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. "Yves Tanguy: Retrospektive 1925–1955," October 17, 1982–January 2, 1983, no. 85.

New York. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Yves Tanguy: A Retrospective," January 21–February 27, 1983, no. 97.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," December 12, 1989–April 1, 1990, unnumbered cat. (p. 234).

London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," April 19–July 15, 1990, unnumbered cat.

Martigny. Fondation Pierre Gianadda. "De Matisse à Picasso: Collection Jacques et Natasha Gelman," June 18–November 1, 1994, unnumbered cat. (p. 258).

Germain Bazin and Charles Sterling. "L'École de Paris à New York." L'Amour de l'art 25 (July 1945), ill. p. 41.

Margaret Breuning. "Surrealist Disillusion of Yves Tanguy." Art Digest 19 (May 15, 1945), p. 9.

"Yves Tanguy: Nouvelles peintures." Cahiers d'art 20–21 (1945–46), ill. p. 387.

André Breton. Yves Tanguy. New York, 1946, ill. p. 23.

Alexander Fried. "2nd Annual Exhibition." Bulletin of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor 5 (December 1947), ill. p. 61.

Tiger's Eye no. 3 (March 15, 1948), ill. p. 104.

James Thrall Soby. "Inland in the Subconscious: Yves Tanguy." Magazine of Art 42 (January 1949), pp. 6–7, ill.

Julien Levy. "Tanguy, Connecticut, Sage." Art News 53 (September 1954), ill. p. 25.

Robert M. Coates. "The Art Galleries: Tanguy and de Chirico." New Yorker 31 (September 24, 1955), p. 159.

Patrick Waldberg. "Yves Tanguy." L'Œil no. 95 (November 1962), ill. p. 52.

Kay Sage. Yves Tanguy, Un recueil de ses oeuvres/ A Summary of His Works. New York, 1963, p. 151, no. 328, ill.

William S. Rubin. Dada and Surrealist Art. New York, 1968, p. 374, ill. p. 387.

John Ashbery. "Yves Tanguy, Geometer of Dreams." Art in America 62 (November–December 1974), ill. p. 73.

"Nouvelles des arts: New York, rétrospective Tanguy." L'Œil no. 232 (November 1974), ill. p. 57.

"Une aussi longue absence." Connaissance des arts nos. 365–366 (July–August 1982), ill. p. 14.

René Micha. "La Première rétrospective de Tanguy en Europe." Art International 25 (November–December 1982), ill. p. 47.

Stuart Preston. "Paris, Beaubourg: Yves Tanguy." Burlington Magazine 124 (September 1982), ill. p. 574.

Barbara Catoir. "Ausstellungen: Deutschland. Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunsthalle Ausstellung: Yves Tanguy." Pantheon 41 (January–March 1983), ill. p. 45.

Gordon Onslow-Ford. Yves Tanguy and Automatism. Inverness, 1983, ill. p. 21.

Sabine Rewald in Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S. Lieberman. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pp. 233–35, 315, ill. (color and bw).

Jonathan Stuhlman in Double Solitaire: The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy. Ed. Nancy Wallach. Exh. cat., Katonah Museum of Art. Katonah, N. Y., 2011, pp. 39, 43, 45, 47, fig. 9 (color).



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