Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Broad and Cherry Street
118 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Honoré Sharrer (1920 – 2009) was a major figure in the years surrounding World War II, though her commitment to leftist ideals and an alternate trajectory of surrealism put her at increasing odds with the political and artistic climate of the 1950s. Drawing on the more recent critical attention to these immediate post-war years, and, importantly, to the decades following, this exhibition considers Sharrer’s work as an important bridge between earlier practices of surrealism and its motifs, and the processes and concerns more closely associated with the Pop artists.
Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer offers the first critical reassessment of an artist whose mature oeuvre constitutes a rich and often disquieting critique that is equal parts wit, seduction, and bite.