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Souren Melikian's latest article (When Cubism married Dada, December 4, 2004) in the International Herald Tribune describes a fascinating Henri Laurens retrospective, "entirely drawn from private collections," at the Galerie Berès, in Paris, until January 8.
Of the multiple encounters that led to the making of modern culture none is as weird as the marriage of Cubism, with its austere advocacy of geometricism, and Dada, the tongue-in-cheek art of the absurd. Is this why it took so long for public attention to turn to Henri Laurens (1885–1954), the sculptor who championed this odd couple?The gallery has no Web site, so the trail ends there.