Judit Reigl Guano-Round 1958-64

  • MoMA, Floor 4, 401 The David Geffen Galleries

Reigl fled Hungary in 1950, escaping the restrictions of life behind the Iron Curtain to join an international artistic community in Paris. The textured, moonlike surface of this painting reflects its previous life as a floor covering in her studio. The canvas was initially part of an entirely different series of paintings but was rejected by the artist and consequently used as a drop cloth, absorbing splatters of paint and getting creased and stained from movement. Reig later rediscovered and renamed it Guano-Round; this new work had a new, all-over composition formed partially by chance, a technique that had fascinated her in earlier experiments with automatic painting and writing, creative activities that tap into the unconscious mind.

Gallery label from 2023
Oil, alkyd, and acrylic on canvas
6' 11 1/2" x 69" (212.1 x 175.3 cm)
Gift of the artist
Object number
Painting and Sculpture

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