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The Imaginary Made Real | Curated by Paul Laster

June 27 @ 10:00 am - August 16 @ 6:00 pm




June 27 – August 16, 2024


“The imaginary is what tends to become real.” ― André Breton


Berry Campbell is pleased to present The Imaginary Made Real, curated by Paul Laster. Featuring 31 international contemporary artists, the exhibition celebrates Surrealism’s centennial anniversary with artworks that approach the dreamlike movement through fresh eyes. 


The exhibition loosely explores ways of thinking and working that are figuratively and abstractly related to the surreal while embracing visionary, spiritual, and psychological viewpoints.


“Art is the bridge between the visible and the invisible worlds.” ― Max Ernst


The exhibition features work in a variety of sizes and media, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, ceramics, mosaics, assemblages, and bronzes. On view in the gallery’s two front spaces, The Imaginary Made Real can be seen from the street day or night, making it visible during diverse moments of reverie.


Exhibited artworks include visionary paintings by Italian self-taught artists Vera Girivi and Elisabetta Zangrandi, as well as David Onri Anderson and Sarah Lee; dreamlike scenarios by Leyla Runzi Cui, Charles Hascoët, Valerie Hegarty, Nir Hod, Katinka Huang, Oda Jaune, Nianxin Li, Rosa Loy, Donna Moylan, GaHee Park, Erik Parker; collage-like compositions by David Alekhuogie, Alex Anderson, Hoda Kashiha, Yasue Maetake, Tony Matelli , Melissa Rios, and Rhonda Wall; distorted figures by David Baskin, Saint Clair Cemin, Amie Dicke, Thomas Lerooy, Larissa De Jesús Negrón, Bony Ramirez; and the abstract realms of Yevgeniya Baras, Luiza Gottschalk, and Karla Knight.


“When you look at a picture, you may wonder what is imaginary and what is real. Do we talk about the reality of the phenomena or the phenomenon of reality? What is really inside and what is outside? What do we have here: reality or dream? If a dream is a revelation about life in reality, then life in reality is also a revelation about a dream.” ― René Magritte


The Imaginary Made Real opens with a reception Thursday, June 27, 2024, 6 – 8 p.m. and is on view through August 16, 2024. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through July 3, 2024. Summer gallery hours begin Monday, July 8, 2024, and are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. or by appointment. For further information please call at 212.924.2178, visit our website at www.berrycampbell.com, or email at info@berrycampbell.com.


Christine Berry and Martha Campbell opened Berry Campbell Gallery in Chelsea, New York, ten years ago. The gallery has a fine-tuned program representing artists of post-war American painting that have been underrepresented or neglected, particularly the women of Abstract Expressionism. Since its inception, the gallery has developed a strong emphasis in research to bring to light artists overlooked due to age, race, gender, or geography. This unique perspective has been increasingly recognized by curators, collectors, and the press.


In 2022, Berry Campbell moved to 524 W 26th Street, one of the most prestigious blocks in Chelsea. The 9,000 square foot space was previously inhabited by art world icons such as Paula Cooper Gallery and Robert Miller Gallery. 

Further information on the gallery can be found on its website and on Instagram or Facebook.


June 27 @ 10:00 am
August 16 @ 6:00 pm
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Berry Campbell Gallery
524 W 26th Street
New York, NY 10001 United States
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David Alekhuogie, Alex Anderson, David Onri Anderson, Yevgeniya Baras, David Baskin, Leyla Cui, Larissa De Jesús Negrón, Amie Dicke, Vera Girivi, Luiza Gottschalk, Charles Hascoët, Valerie Hegarty, Nir Hod, Katinka Huang, Oda Juane, Hoda Kashiha, Karla Knight, Thomas Lerooy, Nianxin Li, Rosa Loy, Yasue Maetake, Donna Moylan, GaHee Park, Bony Ramirez, Melissa Ríos, Rhonda Wall, Elisabetta Zangrandi.
Paul Laster
Artwork Medium
Mixed Media
Event Type