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]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 30," September 24, 2001–January 20, 2002.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 38," June 29, 2004–September 26, 2004.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940," June 3, 2008–September 1, 2008.

Vancouver Art Gallery. "The Colour of My Dreams: Surrealism and Revolution in Art," May 28, 2011–October 2, 2011.

Sayag, Alain, and Annick Lionel-Marie, ed. Brassaï: The Monograph. Boston: Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, 2000. p. 172.

Ades, Dawn, ed. The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art. Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, 2011.



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