Austin's Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery will host a compilation of rarely viewed pieces from noted surrealist Salvador Dali. The collection is curated by Christine Argillet, the daughter of Dali's publisher and close friend, Pierre Argillet. Usually housed at the Museum of Surrealism in Melun, France and the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain, the 100-plus pieces of authenticated work will grace Russell Collection through November 28 and will feature work primarily in the form of copper etchings, drawings, and intricate tapestries.
Christine Argillet spent the summers of her formative years with her father and Dali. She has equated her relationship to Dali as that of an uncle and remembers his sense of humor fondly. The artist was well known for his eccentricities, but Christine Argillet maintains that he was a much more gentle presence around the home. Her father was the original holder of the work which covers a variety of subjects, from classic mythology to the brutality of intimacy to his distaste for bullfighting, a popular activity in his time.
This rare collection, the bulk of which was published in the 1960s, offers a fresh perspective on the artist. Curator Christine Argillet will attend the gallery's reception for "The Salvador Dali Argillet Collection" on November 7 at 6 pm to share stories about the artist and the artwork.
The gallery requests you register to the free event, which is open to the public. RSVP at Russell Collection Fine Art or call 512-478-4440.