JULY 13–19, 2020
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EXPLORE THE COLLECTION

Dada Humor

Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp worked as a painter, sculptor, and designer. She and her husband, Jean (Hans) Arp, were early members of the Dada movement, founded in Zurich in 1916. Her Turned Wood Sculpture (1937) testifies to the artist’s interest in form and balance while also playfully alluding to the forest gnome Kaspar, a popular figure in German children’s literature.

Jean (Hans) Arp gave Turned Wood Sculpture to the Gallery in memory of his late wife in 1950. He had been impressed by the Société Anonyme collection when he viewed it at Yale with Katherine Dreier the year before.

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FEATURED AUDIO

Turned Wood Sculpture

Listen to a two-minute chat with Frauke V. Josenhans, former Horace W. Goldsmith Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, on this fascinating and humorous artwork.

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ART AT HOME

A Time for Work and a Time for Play

This month’s Stories and Art pairs Aesop’s Fables’ “The Ant and the Grasshopper” with an etching of the same subject by Wenceslaus Hollar.

Look at nature, animals that work and those that play music as you listen to an adapted version of the story. Then get creative and make your own pictures of animals that can talk and play music.

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ARTIST’S VOICE

Chris ‘Daze’ Ellis:

‘Spray Paint Is an Amazing Medium’

Before becoming a studio artist and gaining renown as a muralist, Chris “Daze” Ellis began his career writing graffiti on New York City subway cars in the late 1970s. Daze was the Happy and Bob Doran Artist in Residence in 2015 when he created a multisection mural (above; now destroyed) in the Gallery’s lower lobby with the help of Yale students, including Annelisa Leinbach, B.A. ’16.

In March 2015, Daze gave a three-part public talk about this mural and works then on view in the modern and contemporary art galleries.

Part I: Daze looks at La Vida (1988), a work by his friend Martin Wong. Wong included in his painting portraits of many significant people in his life, among them Daze, who appears twice.

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Part II: Daze discusses two of his paintings—The Crossroads (2012) and Neon Canyons (2012)—which were influenced by the artist’s interest in photography and New York’s Times Square.

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Part III: Daze describes how comics and the 2015 attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo influenced the mural’s imagery and how the work is about “freedom of speech and the power of the pencil.”

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