Remedios Varo - Indelible Fables

January 19, 2012

Reception 5:00 to 8:00 pm

The first exhibition of Remedios Varo to ever take place in the western United States, Indelible Fables illuminates the ever-imaginative and prescient world of this surrealist artist. Spanish born Varo certainly died prematurely, by heart-attack in 1963, but in a short career she had acquired a cult-like following among friends in Mexico City, her adopted home. Many of these friends were involved in an informal investigation into esoteric religion and the teachings of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff and his student Peter Ouspensky. As part of this soteriological pursuit, with close friend, the celebrated English artist Leonora Carrington, Varo created some of the most inventive painted scenarios of any of the artists associated with surrealism. Varo would remain something of a marginalized, but popular figure in Latin American art right through the 1990's, when a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC elevated global awareness of her work and in part catalyzed an ever accelerating level of scholarship and market demand. In 2008, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City hosted a comprehensive retrospective exhibition, timed to coincide with an international symposium, with papers delivered by scholars from throughout Latin America, the United States and Europe. A monograph, "The Five Keys to the Secret World of Remedios Varo", was published at this time, with essays by six contributing authors. The Frey Norris exhibition will include a variety of rare oil paintings, drawings, objects and ephemera.