The International Surrealist Exhibition

The International Surrealist Exhibition

London: New Burlington Galleries, 1936. First Edition, First Printing. Small 4to (9 5/8 x 6 1/8 inches; 244 x 155 mm), 31, [1] pages in stapled pink wrappers. * PRESENTATION COPY for French art dealer Pierre Loeb, signed by artists E.L.T. Mesens, Hans Arp, Roland Penrose, Sheila Legge, Jacqueline B. (Jacqueline Breton), and John Bigge, as well as by film maker Humphrey Jennings and poets David Gascoyne and George Reavey. * Catalogue of the pathbreaking Surrealist exhibition in London in 1936, featuring a "Who's Who" of Surrealist artists (and friends of the Surrealists), including Breton, Dali, Duchamp, Ernst, Giacometti, Klee, Magritte, Masson, Miró, Picabia, Picasso, Man Ray, Tanguy, and many others. Altogether, the exhibition featured 60 artists from 14 countries and was a huge success. Running from June 11 to July 4, 1936, the show drew more than 25,000 visitors. It was organized by Roland Penrose with the assistance of many of the artists appearing in the show. * The catalogue features a cover illustration by Max Ernst, a listing of all the works exhibited, a preface by André Breton, the foremost proponent of Surrealism, and an introduction by art historian Herbert Read. The recipient was the famous Parisian art dealer Pierre Loeb (1897-1964), whose Galerie Pierre championed a number of Surrealist artists. Indeed, Loeb's gallery lent more than 20 works by Miró to the exhibition. * Signed copies of the catalogue are rare. This copy is especially noteworthy for having been signed by nine Surrealists and presented to a great champion of Surrealism, Pierre Loeb. RARE. Item #1610

CONDITION: Moderate soiling and creasing to wrappers, bottom half of text block separated from wrappers, a couple of small pencil marks internally, general handling wear. A Very Good copy.

Price: $3,750.00

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