Friday, November 23, 2012


William Baziotes: A Centennial Exhibition, Surrealist Drawings of the 1930s, is on view at the Susan Teller Gallery from November 15 through December 29, 2012. (Closed December 2 - 11 for INK Miami.)

Wiilliam Baziotes, Bull's Head, 1936-39

Born in Pittsburgh, raised in Reading, PA, Baziotes (1912-1963) came to New York City in 1933. He attended the National Academy of Design and graduated in 1936 and then worked on the New Deal Projects. In the late 1930s he met the artists Jimmy Ernst, Gerome Kamrowski, and Matta, with whom he explored Surrealism. In early 1940s he met Jackson Pollock, Andre Masson, and Robert Motherwell, Abstraction Expressionists with an interest in Surrealism as well.  In his work Baziotes bridged these worlds.  His first one-man show was at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century Gallery in 1944.  He taught at the Brooklyn Museum the Museum of Modern Art, Hunter College, and New York University.  In the 1965 the Guggenheim Museum held a Memorial Exhibition.

The entire show may be viewed at: