“Magic Realism” in 1943… in 2016

“Magic Realism” in 1943… in 2016

“Magic Realism” came to my attention when inventorying the Marianetti estate.  Delighted to see that Debra Force Gallery is exploring the movement in her current NYC exhibit.

http://debraforce.publishpath.com/events

Check out this quote from MOMA Press release February 2, 1943…
Dorothy C. Miller, Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture, is Director of the exhibition and has been assisted by Lincoln Kirstein, a member of the Museum’s Advisory Committee. Miss Miller writes in the foreword of the catalog of the exhibition:
“The subject, Realists and Magic Realists, was chosen to demonstrate a widespread but not yet generally recognized trend in contemporary American art. This trend has appeared not as a concerted movement but spontaneously, in many parts of the country and among many different types of artists. The exhibition does not begin to cover all the varieties of painting which might be described by the term, realism. Itislimited,inthemain,topictures of sharp
focus and precise representation, whether the subject has been observed in the outer world–realism, or contrived by the imagination—magic realism. Magic realism has been defined by Alfred H. Barr, Jr. as ‘a term sometimes applied to the work of painters who by means of an exact realistic technique try to make plausible and convincing their im- probable, dreamlike or fantastic visions.'”