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Siren of the Niger, 1950

Wifredo Lam, Cuban, b. Sagua la Grande, 1902–1982

Oil and charcoal on canvas, 51 × 38 1/8 in. (129.5 × 96.8 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972

Accession Number: 72.169

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, by May 1950, Edwin Bergman Collection, Chicago, Galerie Albert Loeb, Paris, before September 1966-30 August 1967, Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 30 August 1967-6 March 1972, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972, PIERRE MATISSE GALLERY, New York. "Wifredo Lam," 2-20 May 1950., PARQUE CENTRAL, Havana. "Wifredo Lam," 2-15 October 1950, no. 12, ill., MUSEO DE BELLAS ARTES, Caracas. "Exposicion Lam," 8-22 May 1955, no. 29., KUNSTHALLE, Basel. "Wifredo Lam," 10 September-9 October 1966, no. 42. Tour: KESTNER-GESELLSCHAFT, Hanover, 16 December-15 January 1967; STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Amsterdam, 26 January-12 March; MODERNA MUSEET, Stockholm, 8 April-7 May; PALAIS DE BEAUX-ARTS, Brussels, 18 May-18 June., HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, fig. 551, p. 391, p. 710., HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Ibero-American Art: Selections from the Hirshhorn Museum Collection," 8 October-15 November 1981, no. 7., HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Crosscurrents of Modernism: Four Latin American Pioneers: Diego Rivera, Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Wifredo Lam, Matta," 11 June-7 September 1992, no. 71, p. 183, ill. p. 210., MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ART REINA SOFIA, Madrid. "Wifredo Lam," 29 September-14 December 1992, ill. p. 111. Tour: FUNDACION JOAN MIRO, Barcelona, 21 January-28 March 1993., MUSEUM OF ART, Fort Lauderdale. "Cuban Artists of the Twentieth Century," 22 October 1993-2 January 1994, ill. p. 12., NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, Roslyn Harbor, New York. "Latin Viewpoints: Into the Mainstream," 18 August-3 November 1996, ill. p. 76., HAGGERTY MUSEUM OF ART, Milwaukee. "Wifredo Lam in North America," 11 October 2007-21 January 2008, ill. p. 36; pl. 48, p. 122. Tour: MIAMI ART MUSEUM, 8 February-18 May; MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICA, Long Beach, California, 12 June-31 August; SALVADOR DALI MUSEUM, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2 October-10 January 2009., COMPLESSO DEL VITTORIANO, Rome. "Dada into Surrealism," 8 October 2009-7 February 2010., HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection," 9 June 2016-6 August 2017, no cat., ORTIZ, FERNANDO. “WIfredo Lam y su obra vista a traves de significados criticos,” Publicaciones del Ministerio de Educacion (Havana: L’Anana, 1950), ill., TARNAUD, CLAUDE. “Wifredo Lam et le ‘Bestiare Ambigu’,” XXe Siècle 25, no. 21 (May 1963), p. 38, ill., LEIRIS, MICHEL. Wifredo Lam (Milan: Fratelli Fabbri, 1970), p. 35, ill. p. 98., LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), fig. 551, p. 391, p. 710., FOUCHET, MAX-POL. Wifredo Lam (Paris: Éditions Cercle d’Art, 1989), n.p., LAURIN-LAM, LOU. Wifredo Lam: Catalogue Raisonné of the Painted Work, Volume I 1923-1960 (Lausanne: Acatos, 1996), no. 50.14, ill. p. 424.

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