She knew Dali, and exhibit honors her father, artist’s publisher
This weekend, art lovers have an opportunity to hear from the family of a famed art collector.
Christine Argillet, daughter of Salvador Dali's legendary publisher and confidante Pierre Argillet, will speak during two public appearances - Friday from 6-8 p.m., and Saturday from 6-8 p.m. - at Gallery 72, 1806 Vinton St., where works by Dali are on display through Saturday. The Argillets are touring the show nationally.
The exhibit, Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection, features Dali's original etchings and watercolors from Pierre Argillet's personal collection. As a child, a youngChristine Argillet said Dali was a regular in the family home. The two can be seen horsing around in the photo above, which is from the Argillet Collection.
Her father was an avid collector of works by futurists, Dadaists and surrealists, and very early on, met the major artists of the 20th century. Argillet met Dali in his 20s, which led to a life-long friendship and fruitful collaboration. They produced nearly 200 etchings. To name a few: la Mythologie (16 planches), le Christ, Sanit-Anne, L’Incantation.
In 1974 the publisher and the artist parted ways.
In a 2013 interview with the Houston Chronicle, Christine Argillet said Dali valued everyone's opinion. "He wanted in a way to be universal, like Leonardo da Vinci. He'd stay in Spain half of the year to work on large-scale paintings. We stayed nearby. We'd see his light on in the studio at 5 or 6 a.m. He didn't want to be disturbed, but he later wanted to know what people saw in his paintings. He'd ask me if I could see something in super-imposition. He would even go to the fishermen or the ladies making lace in the village and ask them to come and look and tell him what they thought the paintings said."
“DALI: The Argillet Collection is a tribute to the work of my father, Pierre Argillet, as an extraordinary publisher of the Dada and Surrealist group,"Christine Argillet said. "This collection reflects a constant endeavor, a very personal archive of not only Dali’s finest etchings and tapestries, but an intimate glimpse into my family’s personal and cherished photos, films, anecdotes and memories of life with Dali and Gala."
All appearances are free, but RSVP’s are required. For more info, visit www.gallery72.com - RSVP to 402-496-4797.
Gallery hours this week are Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.