As many of the European Surrealists fled the continent at the outbreak of the second world war, Matta, one of the youngest of the group, found in New York a fertile ground for artistic rebirth – situated at the nexus of the Europeans in exile and the burgeoning New York School. Architectonically beautiful yet deeply imbued with the horror and anxiety of its time, Argumouth is a paragon of Matta’s post-war production. The piece will be offered as a highlight in Sotheby's Modern Evening Auction, 17 May 2022.
Matta’s Argumouth: A Surrealist Masterwork
New York | 17 May