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Unica Zurn: Dark Spring


The Drawing Center scores again with this exhibit of unnerving dream visions inked in the 1950s and ’60s by Unica Zürn, when the German poet and artist was battling depression. Companion of surrealist Hans Bellmer, who’d become infamous years earlier for his freakish doll-mutants, Zürn, too, was creating strange new forms of life. Her exquisite creatures—drawn with delicate, almost ephemeral lines—meld elements of birds, fish, and amoebas. They swim across the paper like hallucinations from Zürn’s fragile psyche; tragically, in 1970, she leaped from Bellmer’s apartment window to her death.

Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.; Saturdays, noon. Starts: April 17. Continues through July 23, 2009

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