On Saturday, February 23, Salvador Dalí admirers celebrated the Spanish icon donning elaborate masks at the American Contemporary Art Gallery‘s (ACA) Surrealist Masquerade.
The unique reception was packed with some of Manhattan’s most prestigious art dealers. Upon arrival, ACA curators walked The Knockturnal through the solo exhibition, and masquerade — acknowledging Dalí as a founding father of the surrealist experience. Dalí’s canvas’ are still renowned globally.
With the note of Dalí’s entry into the Surrealist Movement in 1929, attendees celebrated the painter, graphic artist, sculptor, and designer by reviewing some of his most coveted workings. As drinks began flowing, the ACA’s DJ spun radio favorites of the past and present. The gallery host encouraged art lovers to “unlock their subconscious.” Soon, colorfully arranged hors d’oeuvres were passed below Dalí’s tapestries — bringing each more viewing traction.
A line stretched beyond a red-carpeted photo booth, making for a fun highlight of the beautiful evening. Women clad in bright vintage gowns posed around etchings, and drawings such as “Ronsard Weeping Willow, 1968,” and “Mythology Judgement of Paris, 1965.” Framed masterpieces, “Petits Nus Apollinaire 7, 1967,” and “Apollinaire Woman With Guitar, 1965,” brought massive crowds. Whispers of their worth filled the room. So, inquiries about future bids commenced. Withal, the ACA upheld its reputation, adorning the evening with the lustrous art it has been known for since its establishment in 1932.
The gallery is offering New York City the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Salvador Dalí’s efforts through March 9, 2019. “SALVADOR DALI” is a vulnerable exhibition which brings its onlookers up close and personal with the man, artist, and legend. For more information visit http://www.acagalleries.com/artists/.