Leonora Carrington, Gunther Gerzso, Diego Rivera
Three Artist's Sketchbooks
23 East 73rd Street
New York, NY 10021
February 27, 2018 - March 4, 2018
For the Art Show, Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art presented an installation of three original artist’s sketchbooks: Diego Rivera, The Italian Sketchbook 1920-21; Gunther Gerzso, The Surrealist Sketchbook 1943-46; and Leonora Carrington, Untitled (Sketches from Down Below), October 1940.
The Rivera sketchbook, which consists of 30 drawings, was made on an exploratory trip to Italy to study Italian Renaissance murals before the artist returned to Mexico to lead the Mexican Mural Movement.
The Gerzso sketchbook, which is in the original binding, contains 54 studies executed during his surrealist phase when he was influenced by expatriate artists including Matta, Paalen, Varo, Breton, and Alice Rahon.
The Carrington sketchbook, drawn while she was committed to the madhouse in Santander, Spain, following her forced separation from her lover Max Ernst, is presented to the public for the first time ever. Carrington was encouraged to draw by her psychiatrist Dr. Luis Morales as part of her therapy, which also included the seizure-inducing drug Cardiazol.