Kay Sage, Page 49, 1950. Oil on canvas, 18 1/8 x 15 1/8 in.
Kay Sage: Serene Surrealist recreates the American artist’s inaugural 1950 exhibition with the Catherine Viviano Gallery in New York. One of the few women Surrealists, Kay Sage (1898-1963) achieved notable success during her career. Sage’s representation with Catherine Viviano followed her successful solo showings at the Pierre Matisse Gallery, Julien Levy Gallery, and the San Francisco Museum of Art. The paintings included in the 1950 exhibition demonstrate a shift to diffused light, scaffold-like elements, and subdued colors, qualities for which the artist became best known. Of the original fourteen paintings shown that year, one was destroyed in a fire and one was sold from the exhibition to a private collector and has since gone missing. This intimate look at her paintings brings viewers into a dream-like world where, in Sage’s words, things are, “half mechanical, half alive.” The exhibition comprises all twelve of the extant paintings, marking their first showing as a group in over 65 years.
(Photo courtesy of Williams College Museum of Art.)