• May 5, 2021
 El Paso Museum of Art to present: Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art

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El Paso Museum of Art to present: Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) presents “Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art,” the first major exhibition in the United States devoted to the art and activities of the group Cercle et Carré, on view now through August 15, 2021.

“This exhibition includes works by famous artists Wassily Kandinksy, Sonia Delaunay, and Taueber-Arp. “It is a rare opportunity for the community of El Paso to experience an exhibition on the artist collective Cercle et Cerré,” said The El Paso Museum of Art Interim Director Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov.

William U. Eiland, Director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia said, “We are excited that our exhibition, Cercle et Carré (Circle and Square), is on view in El Paso, a city and its museum that certainly understands the international spirit it represents.

Short lived but, in some ways, a pivotal event in the history of Modernism, the movement allowed the artists whose works are on view to express a purer reality in abstraction than what they saw as the skewed reality of the Surrealists. Their response came through geometry, plain and solid. There, these artists found truth.”

“Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art” reunites some works from the 1930 exhibition and includes work by more than 30 of the original participating artists.

This exhibition tells the story of the group. Pairing rarely seen drawings, paintings, and prints from the exhibition with earlier and later works, Cercle et Carré (Circle and Square) illuminates the international legacy of abstract art.

A catalogue published by the museum will accompany the exhibition. Because Cercle et Carreì is seldom discussed in depth, especially in English-language publications, this catalogue will present new research and a new perspective on important works by both major and lesser-known artists.

Organized by the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia. This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Council is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Generous support for this exhibition provided by the Daura Foundation. Additional support provided by the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation, and El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.

For more information, call the El Paso Museum of Art at (915) 212-0300 or visit the Museum’s website.

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