The Eye of Arturo Schwarz

Frieze Masters

Regent's Park, A6

6-9 October 2016

Tano FESTA (1938-1988)

Al Livello Del Mare. Studio Numero 2

signed, titled, and dated August 1965 (on the reverse)

enamel on canvas

76 3/4 x 51 1/8 (195 x 130 cm.)


Painted in 1965

Shusaku ARAKAWA (1936-2010)


signed and inscribed S. ARAKAWA 1965

inscribed (Tubes) ARAKAWA 1965 NY City (on the reverse)

acrylic and art marker on canvas

51 x 69 in. (129.5 x 175.3 cm.)


Painted in 1965

Enrico BAJ (1924-2003)

Le comte de Hornes (The Count of Hornes, Lord of the Low Country and William iX of Nassau)

signed baj (lower left)

oil, collage, cloth, objects, decorations, and medals on canvas

57 1/2 x 45 in. (146 x 114 cm.)


Executed in 1965

Salvador DALI (1904-1989)

Desert Trilogy: Oasis

signed and dated Dali 1946 (lower right)

oil on canvas

14 x 23 5/8 in. (35.6 x 60 cm.)


Painted in 1946

Marcel DUCHAMP (1887-1968)

La Boîte-en-valise

linen covered wood and mixed media

15 11/16 x 14 13/16 x 3 1/2 in. (40 x 37.5 x 9 cm.) closed


Assembled in 1958


At Frieze Masters, 2016, Eykyn Maclean presented The Eye of Arturo Schwarz, an homage to the legendary gallerist and the eponymous Galleria Schwarz, which operated in Milan from 1954-1975.  The gallery became a cultural centre in Milan, as Schwarz not only introduced Italy to the avant-garde art of Dada and Surrealism, but also discovered, promoted, and exhibited emerging artists such as Tano Festa, Enrico Baj, and Shusaku Arakawa.  The gallery, originally a bookshop, held regular poetry readings and was frequented by artists who considered it a haven for artistic discussion and debate.  Galleria Schwarz was one of the most prominent galleries in Europe after the war, and left a void beyond the Italian art market when it closed in 1975. 

To help recreate the atmosphere of Galleria Schwarz, all works in this exhibition were either shown at the gallery or are by artists whose work Schwarz exhibited. Works included paintings, sculpture, original catalogues from past Schwarz exhibitions, as well as books of poetry published by Schwarz.  

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Dada movement and the 50th anniversary of Schwarz's seminal exhibition of the same theme.

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