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SALON DE FLEURUS
January 31–March 4, 2018
Salon de Fleurus is an artwork, a contemporary reconstruction of Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas’ Parisian salon that existed at 27 Rue de Fleurus from 1904-34. It is a work that displays and references a story of modern art’s beginnings through one of the first gathering places for burgeoning young artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Stein herself. It was in Stein’s salon that paintings by Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso were seen exhibited together for the first time both by her peers and transatlantic art experts who spread the word back home, eventually creating the American narrative of European modern art familiar today.
Through painted reproductions exhibited within a constructed interior, the Salon de Fleurus questions where, why, and how certain narratives of modern art originated through the salon structure that first canonized them. These copies are perhaps more significant and tell us more about history than the original artworks themselves by weaving fiction into history and leaving space to contemplate and reconsider the past. When one looks at Picasso here, they are viewing Picasso through the lens of Stein.
From 1992 to 2014 Salon de Fleurus existed as a semi-private salon in lower Manhattan. Since then, it has appeared in fragments in Beirut, Paris and Los Angeles and now continues to tour as a complete project organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. This exhibition and tour are made possible by The Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA), and with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees.
All exhibitions and events at the Handwerker Gallery are free and open to the public. The Handwerker Gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 10am-6pm; Thursdays from 10am-9pm; and Saturday & Sunday from 12pm-5pm. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Mara Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 274-3548. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.
Thursday, February 1 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm