Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Claude Cahun/SCA Finalists

Here's an image of the new Cahun piece acquired by The Art Institute of Chicago I reported on yesterday.

Claude Cahun Object
Claude Cahun • Object • 1936

This is a seriously creepy piece. It would be a silly Surrealist trope, but there is something about that eye and that hair. It is like the original Twilight Zone, a trophy for Hans Bellmer, or something out of Eraserhead.

The Final list for AIC's Society for Contemporary Art selection committee is:

Helena Almeida
Charles LeDray
Rosemarie Trockel
Franz West

Also there is the possibility of a “surprise guest” addition.
An anonymous tipster says it may well be James Coleman.

1 comment:

Dan said...

When I saw the name Claude Cahun, this is definitely not what I expected to see.

With the cloud cutting through the eyeball, I can't help but think of the infamous Un chien andalou. And the hair gives my the willies in a manner similar to the fur on Meret Oppenheim's own Object.

But that hair reminds me of something else, too—something very specific that I just can't put my finger on, perhaps much more recent, but definitely abjectly grotesque...