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Mysterious and Magical: Surrealist Art from the Collection

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  • Byron Browne
    United States, 1907-1961
    Composition 1952
    Gouache on paper
    26 x 20 ½ in. 
    Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Museum purchase with funds from the Dillard Paper Company for the Dillard Collection, 1980.2794


    Responding to the emergence of abstract expressionism in the United States during the 1950s, Byron Browne began rendering more gestural and painterly artworks, such as this collage-like arrangement of biomorphic shapes that suggests a still life. Contrary to his earlier, more representational works, these unpredictable positionings of abstract forms explore new aesthetic territories, but do not completely detach from Browne’s belief that abstraction originates in the physical world. By using both rigid and rounded shapes, painterly gestures, natural colors, and a composition that extends beyond the paper, Browne offers an expanded artistic perspective of American art.

    —David Walls ’21, Disciplinary Honors, Arts Administration

    © Estate of Byron Browne

  • Federico Castellon
    United States, born Spain, 1914-1971
    Spanish Landscape, 1938
    Lithograph on paper
    9 ¾ x 14 ⅞ in.
    Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Unknown, 1950.1172


    © Estate of Federico Castellon; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY

  • William Fett
    United States, 1918-2006
    Energetic Growth, Mexico, 1942
    Watercolor on paper
    13 ¾ x 20 ¼ in.
    Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Gift of the artist in memory of Carmen Molina Vasquez Gomez, 1977.2430


    © Estate of William Fett

  • Gregory Ivy
    United States, 1904-1985
    Public Hearing, 1948
    Watercolor, gouache and graphite on wove paper
    30 ¾ x 20 ¼ in.
    Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Gift from the Estate of Naomi W. Ivy, 1989.4259


    © Estate of Gregory Ivy

  • John Fudge
    United States, 1940-1999
    Night School in Ancient Egypt, 1973
    Oil on canvas
    44 x 37 in.
    Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Gift of Mr. Hanford Yang, 1980.2800


    © John Fudge / Rule Gallery, Denver

  • Eugene Berman
    United States, born Russia, 1899-1972
    Destruction, 1941
    Watercolor on paper
    15 ½ x 11 11/16 in.
    Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Museum purchase with funds from the Dillard Paper Company for the Dillard Collection, 1979.2641




  • Elisa D'Arrigo
    United States, born 1953
    Embody #1, 1992
    Cloth, wire, acrylic, resin, and pigments
    60 x 8 ½ x 8 ½ in.
    Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Gift of Donald Rothfeld in memory of Harriet Weill Rothfeld, 2011.14


    © Elisa D'Arrigo

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