It was just wonderful to see William Baziotes, Surrealist Watercolors, on now view at the Allentown Art Museum through August 23, 2015.
The show features twenty-four drawings from Baziotes’ early, surrealist period, 1936 to 1939. Ranging from rooftop bathing beauties and ameba-shaped circus performers to howling bulls’ heads exhibition was organized by Elaine Mehalakes, the museum’s Vice President of Curatorial and Education. Robert S. Mattison of Lafayette College provided the catalogue essay.
Professor Mattison made the point that the Yellow Creature with Fist is closely related to Joan Miro’s pochoir Aidez l’Espagne (Aid Spain), 1937. The drawing has the added attraction of being autobiographical as Baziotes was a boxer.
Creature with Yellow Fist, 1936-1939
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