Meret Oppenheim: beyond the teacup

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Independent Curators Inc. and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 1996 - Art - 175 pages
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This catalog to an exhibition currently touring New York, Chicago, Miami, and Omaha seeks to bring deeper knowledge of the Swiss artist who created the renowned fur-covered spoon and teacup held by ... Read full review

Contents

l5 An Enormously Tiny Bit of a Lot Jacqueline Burckhardt and Bice Curiger
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Meret Oppenheim and Surrealism Josef Helfenstein
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Performing Identities Nancy Spector
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Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Meret Oppenheim was born in 1913 in Berlin and grew up in Switzerland. As a teenager she moved to Paris, but didn't last long in art school before meeting pioneering Surrealists Alberto Giacometti, Hans Arp and Man Ray, and becoming enmeshed in their world. She was contributing to their shows by 1933, and had her first solo exhibition in 1936 in Basel. An eventual return to school was followed by deep depression and a dry spell of more than 20 years. Reentering public life again in the period that followed, she observed that "Nobody gives you freedom, you have to take it." Oppenheim died in Switzerland in 1985.

Jacqueline Burckhardt is President of the Federal Commission for Art and editor of "Parkett". Jakob Hotz studied at the Architectural Association in London before working as an architect in Zurich in 2001. Cary Siress studied in New York and Venice, and has been assistant Professor in the faculty of architecture at the ETH in Zurich since 1996.

Bice Curiger is a curator at Kunsthaus Zurich. She is cofounder and editor-in-chief of "Parkett" magazine and co-editor of "Tate Etc" magazine.

Josef Helfenstein is director of The Menil Collection, Houston. Matthias Frehner is director of the Kunstmuseum Bern.

Thomas McEvilley has written many works of art criticism, philosophy, and philology. He is also an art curator, art reviewer, and author of several works of fiction. He taught for many years at Rice University, and more recently was professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he headed the new department of Art Criticism and Writing. He lives in New York City. Recipient of many awards, including a Fulbright grant, a critic's grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism, given by the College Art Association. Under the Documentext imprint, McPherson & Company has previously published three volumes of Dr. McEvilley's art criticism, Art & Discontent, Art & Otherness, and The Triumph of Anti-Art: Conceptual and Perfomance Art in the Formation of Post-Modernism, all of which remain in print. His book on Yves Klein, Yves the Provocateur, is also being published in May 2010.

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