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Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now

7 Feb 15 – 31 May 15, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA

On a rainy afternoon on the coast of France in August 1925, Max Ernst made a discovery. Struck by the texture of the floorboards in his hotel room, he pulled out a sheet of paper, laid it on the ground, and rubbed it with graphite. “He was impressed by the imaginary forms lifted from the planks of wood,” says Allegra Pesenti, the chief curator of the Menil Drawing Institute in Texas. Once transferred to paper, the wood’s grain transformed into strange organisms and grotesque faces. In that moment, Ernst claims he invented a new technique,... Read on

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