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Little Italy hosts Dali’s work

The Little Italy based Meyer Fine Art Gallery displays one of the largest collections of Salvador Dali’s works, known as the Argillet Collection. Photo credit: Celia Jimenez

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The Little Italy based Meyer Fine Art Gallery displays one of the largest collections of Salvador Dali’s works, known as the Argillet Collection. Photo credit: Celia Jimenez

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The Argillet Collection of Salvador Dali’s work is one of the most authentic and largest collections of his career.

“This is the most authenticated collection of Dali etchings ever produced,” said the gallery’s owner, Perry Meyer. “We were shocked by the turnout, with over 700 people attending in the first weekend.”

The gallery had multiple types of work by Dali, in particular over 120 etchings. For those not familiar with etchings, they are drawings that are actually carved. They are carved into a copper plate covered in ink and then pressed against paper, this way multiple copies can be made.

One of the etchings that received a lot of attention was a piece named “Medusa.” The etching was popular with the crowds because of how complicated it was. The piece shows a woman crawling on all fours and instead of having an actual Medusa head, this part is replaced by an octopus. The complicated process was done just like any other etching although instead of the octopus being carved in, Dali went above and beyond. He used a dead octopus he found that washed up on shore, dipped it into acid and placed it on top of the copper plate.

Dali’s significance in the art world can be traced back to how much these pieces of art work are worth, ranging from $12,000 to $15,000 each. Most of the work in the gallery are etchings, though there were a few tapestries as well. These masterpieces were a copy of an etching that Dali had done, and each individual string was dyed by hand and woven together, resulting in a process that was not only time consuming but also expensive.

Though many may hear Dali’s name and instantly think of his paintings, there was so much more to the artist and it was clearly evident in this exhibition.

This collection was seen from July 25 to Sept. 27, at the Meyer Fine Art gallery located on Kettner Boulevard in Little Italy.

 

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