Star in a Dream


Jean Arp ( French, 1886 - 1966 )

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General Description

Curvilinear teardrop forms flow into and out of one another, creating a rhythmic and elegantly fused composition. Simultaneously organic and abstract, "Star in a Dream" references reality in a minimal fashion, beckoning the viewer to form a personal interpretation of the work.

Jean Arp was a founding member of the Dada group that formed in Zurich during the First World War. Arp, along with Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, and other Dadaists, challenged the idea of formally planned art and exalted the accidental. "Chance is also a dream," he once said. A pioneer of "automatic," or unconscious, drawing and writing, Arp continued the theme of uninhibited artistic creation throughout his life using various media.

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Heather MacDonald, Label text, 2010.

Web Resources

  • arp museum
    Explore the lives and work of Jean (Hans) Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp.

  • Smithsonian Magazine
    Learn more about Dada, the early 20th century avant-garde movement Arp helped to establish.