Pedro Friedeberg - The New York Times

Pedro Friedeberg - The New York Times

Hands On

By Melissa Feldman
Oct. 2, 2009


“I never relax,” Pedro Friedeberg insists. “My art is my therapy, my medication.” The first major retrospective of the work of the 73-year-old artist will open on Oct. 15 at the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and includes paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and furniture. Friedeberg’s iconic hand chairs, which he began making in 1962, have been objects of desire for boldface design-world names from Arnold Scaasi to Kelly Wearstler. The Surrealist writer and poet André Breton was also mesmerized by the chair, as were Yul Brynner, Roman Polanski and Jeanne Moreau. The son of German Jews, Friedeberg fled Europe with his mother during World War II and settled in Mexico’s capital. James Oles — an art historian who is the curator of the exhibition — describes Friedeberg’s art as “fusing late Surrealism with Op and Pop Art,” while the artist himself cites the trompe l’oeil heads of Giuseppe Arcimboldo and the lithographs and woodcuts of M. C. Escher as inspirations. A monograph by Trilce Ediciones will accompany the exhibition, and next month, Reyna Henaine, a promoter of Latin American arts, will host a Friedeberg exhibition in New York, which can be seen by appointment only.  MELISSA FELDMAN

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Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/style/tmagazine/04pedro.html

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