Thursday, April 23, 2015

Our digital fragmentation: "Shatter Rupture Break" at The Art Institute of Chicago

Salvador Dalí. City of Drawers, 1936. Gift of Frank B. Hubachek. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2014.
ILLINOIS---A century ago, society and life were changing as rapidly and radically as they are in today’s digital age. Freeing themselves from the restraints of tradition, modern artists developed groundbreaking pictorial strategies that reflect this new shift in perception. "Shatter Rupture Break," at the Art Institute of Chicago explores the manifold ways that ideas of fragmentation and rupture, which permeated both the United States and Europe, became central conceptual and visual themes in art of the modern age. In the wake of new theories of the mind as well as the literal tearing apart of bodies in war, artists such as Hans Bellmer, Salvador Dalí, and Stanisław Witkiewicz produced photographs and objects revealing the fractured self or erotic dismemberment.

The Art Institute of Chicago: "Shatter Rupture Break," (Ends May 3, 2015); 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, ILL; (312) 443-3600;