Exhibitions/ Art Object

Involuntary Sculpture (Elementary Rolling Taken from a Retarded Person)

Artist:
Brassaï (French (born Romania), Brașov 1899–1984 Côte d'Azur)
Date:
1932
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
17.1 x 23.2 cm (6 3/4 x 9 1/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.411
Rights and Reproduction:
© Estate Brassaï
Not on view
In 1932 Brassaï collected and photographed tiny castoff scraps of paper that had been rolled, folded, or shaped unconsciously by idle hands-readymade Surrealist objects that represent what Rosalind Krauss has described as "the automatic writing of the world." A selection of these images was published in the following year in the avant-garde magazine Minotaure accompanied by captions written by Salvador Dali.
Inscription: Stamped in blue ink on print verso, TL: "DOUANES // V[?] - 40 // + [encircled]"; inscribed in blue ink on print verso, TC: "le plus de forme elementaire//debilite mentalle [crossed out]"; " 'Enroulement élémentaire, le plus simple, requeilli chez un debile mentalle' [underlined]"; inscribed in pencil on print verso, R [sideways]: "Enroulement élémentaire,//obtenire chez un 'débile mental.' "; inscribed in blue pencil on print verso, C: "[arrow to left edge of sheet] 100 [arrow to right edge of sheet]"; inscribed in blue pencil on print verso, BC [upside down]: "678 [underlined] // 8[?]"
[Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York]

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