AN UNWRAPPING: THREE SELIGMANN WORKS RETURNEDJoin us Friday, November 7 for a one-night exhibition, reception, and gallery talk by author, curator, and long-time friend of Arlette Seligmann's, Stephen Robeson Miller.
In August 2014, three of Kurt Seligmann's paintings, executed in Paris in the 1930’s, were returned to the Seligmann Center. When the Seligmanns came to New York in 1939 they left the paintings behind in their Paris apartment. Although they planned to eventually return to Paris to live, they never did, instead remaining on their homestead in Sugar Loaf, now home to the Seligmann Center. Over the course of decades many of their friends lived in their Paris apartment, among them Man Ray, Wolfgang Paalen, Isamu Noguchi, and Stanley Cohen. When the apartment faced water damage, Stanley Cohen moved these three works to his friend Alexander Calder’s apartment in Paris, where they remained for some time. Now, decades later, thanks to Stanley Cohen, these works have followed the Seligmanns home.
STEPHEN ROBESON MILLER has written extensively on Kurt Seligmann’s life and career. A curator and scholar specializing in Surrealism, he is co-author and co-curator of “Double Solitaire: The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage & Yves Tanguy,” in which he examines the intersection of the two artists' lives and work.