Marcel Mariën Star Dancer 1991

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Artist
Marcel Mariën 1920–1993
Title
Star Dancer
La Danseuse étoile
Date 1991
Medium Starfish and plastic shoe on card
Dimensions Object: 360 x 260 x 47 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist's estate 2005
Reference
T12051

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Mariën published the first monograph about Rene Magritte in 1943 and became the principal historian of the Belgian surrealist group, as well as an associate of the Situationists. In his own photographs, collages and assemblages, Mariën continued the surrealist tradition of making unexpected combinations of objects to reveal hidden or poetic meanings. In Star Dancer, the addition of a toy shoe creates a visual rhyme between a starfish and the leg of a dancer.

August 2012

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