Curated by Lawrence Waldman, Magic Realism features a group of regional artists who attempted to grapple with the frightening undercurrents of contemporary life. These Midwestern artists began drawing on their own personal traumas found an expressive voice in the forms of magic realism…their art reflected on the state of the world and their own lives.
Magic realism remains an elusive term. While these magic realists all strove to create in their art a psychological atmosphere that evoked the strangeness of everyday existence, their widely differing techniques and imagery make their style hard to define. Much of this variance is rooted in the underlying forces motivating each artist. For artists such as Clarence Carter and Hughie Lee-Smith, early childhood traumas had a profound influence on their work. While for others, such as Dean Ellis and Raphael Gleitsmann, their art reflected harrowing wartime experiences.
America today is also going through a time of dramatic changes and uncertainties. It is not surprising that magic realism has found a new audience speaking as it does to our own questioning of reality.
The current exhibition offers a first look at a group of artists whose work in fact is very closely in tune with the American psyche of the times, theirs and ours.
Strange and Lonely Spaces: Magic Realism in Cleveland 1930-1960 opens to the public on Friday, May 21, 2021, and will run through August 20, 2021.
The gallery will be open each THIRD FRIDAY from 5 pm-8 pm and during our regular business hours Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
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