The moody, brooding landscape on this month’s cover is a small, early painting by Georges Malkine, whose work and anti-career are the subject of an exhibition opening this month at the Woodstock Artists Association Museum (WAAM).
A complex character, Malkine began his work as a painter in 1920s Montparnasse, the Left Bank artists’ neighborhood of Paris, alongside a number of other, but now better-known artists, including André Masson, Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy, and Man Ray. Together, they were responsible for the early injection of painting and visual art into the nascent Surrealist movement, which was being erected out of the ashes of Dada by André Breton and a circle of his anti-literary writer friends. Malkine holds the distinction of being the only painter identified by name in Breton’s first Surrealist Manifesto, where he is listed (along with a laundry list of the writer’s other favorites) for “having performed acts of ABSOLUTE SURREALISM.”
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