The Galerie St. Etienne’s spring exhibition, ILIJA/MANGELOS: Father & Son, Inside & Out, is the first show ever to pair and compare the work of Ilija Bašičević (1895-1972) with that of his son Dimitrije Bašičević (1921-1987).
Ilija was a Serbian peasant with four years of schooling, whereas Dimitrije was a well-educated curator and art critic who went by the pseudonym Mangelos. Persecuted first by the proto-Nazi Croatian Ustashi and then by the Yugoslav Communists, Ilija and Mangelos each developed semi-secret artistic practices that endeavored to grapple with the overarching existential issues of their time. But whereas the father was typecast as an “Outsider,” the son has lately achieved widespread acclaim as one of the key forerunners of international Conceptualism.
At a time when the modernist dichotomies of the 20th century—realism versus abstraction, East versus West, insider versus outsider—have become increasingly irrelevant,ILIJA/MANGELOS: Father & Son, Inside & Out attempts to transcend obfuscating labels by examining each of the two artists on his own terms. Timed to coincide with the “Outsider Art Fair,” the Galerie St. Etienne exhibition comprises 35 paintings and watercolors by Mangelos and over twenty paintings by his father Ilija. The show will be on view from April 24 through July 3.
ILIJA/MANGELOS: Father & Son, Inside & Out is accompanied by a detailed checklist and scholarly essay by Galerie St. Etienne Co-Director Jane Kallir. For further information and images, please contact Courtney Donner at 212-245-6734 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Through Saturday, May 24, the Galerie St. Etienne is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 AM to 5 PM, and other times by appointment; thereafter, the gallery’s hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 AM to 5 PM.