Two new exhibitions are coming to Boise Art Museum and will be on display from June 16 to October 7: Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art and Pierre Daura: Fifty Fifty, according to a press release from BAM. Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art offers “a new and insightful look at modernism in interwar Europe.” The exhibition focuses on the influential but short-lived artistic group known as Cercle et Carré (Circle and Square), which was founded in December of 1929 by Belgian artist and critic Michel Seuphor, Uruguayan-Catalan artist Joaquín Torres-García, and Catalan-American artist Pierre Daura.
Catalan-American artist Pierre Daura (1896-1976) was born on the island of Minorca, Spain. He grew up in Barcelona, and moved to Paris as a young man in 1914. As a result, artistically he came of age alongside some of the most significant members of the European avant-garde, including Joaquín Torres-Garcia and Michel Seuphor, with whom he founded the modernist group Cercle et Carré.
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In celebration of a major gift from the artist’s daughter, Martha R. Daura, of paintings, prints, and drawings, and in conjunction with the exhibition Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art, this exhibition of works from BAM’s Permanent Collection examines Daura’s varied approach to art making and investigates his storied life in Spain, France, and the United States. He was a prolific artist, and one not easily categorized, said the press release, because he was interested in both realism and abstraction. Pierre Daura: Fifty Fifty “resituates Daura as an influential 20th-century artist and highlights his creative range by showing works in several styles and media.”
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