SIDNEY SIMON: CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION
Catalogue for the Paam Exhibition SIDNEY SIMON: CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION September 23 - November 6 2016
The 2016 exhibition, Sidney Simon: Centennial Exhibition, curated by Joe Fiorello, demonstrates a new unity in showing the crucial transition Simon made, after the war, from two-dimensional figuration to sculpture. His friends always joked that any one person show by Simon looked like a group show by multiple artists. In Fiorello’s focused installation, Simon comes forth as a figurative artist who was compelled , following his experience as captain of the army unit of combat artists, to turn to sculpture. Something about the experience of war forced Simon to expand into a third dimension. I am reminded of the classic work on the effect of war on artists that experienced it , “The Great War and Modern Memory” by Paul Fussell, who quotes from modern writers, poets, and artists to illustrate how irony became the aesthetic to remember the war. To irony, Simon added humor, wit, mirrors, masks, inversions, apertures, scrims, blinds, elevations, and other reversals of beginnings and ends.
from the catalog essay: Sidney Simon: Idea into Physicality by Cristopher Busa
- 6 x 9 inches