BARONESS ELSA VON FREYTAG-LORINGHOVEN
Galerie Graf:DADA, the live presentation of the Surrounded by Lions multi-media triptych featured eight paintings for auction, the book release of TRENCH: Diary of a German Soldier(The book was included with the price of ticket) and excerpts from the experimental film TRENCH(www.vimeo.com/53232604), which was previously screened in 2012 at EMMEDIA’s PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival.
The paintings are my work, that is the multi-disciplinary artist Lon Parker, under the pseudonym of Alexander Graf. Within the story arc of Surrounded by Lions, Alexander Graf was a bartender who grew up in Zurich and the Cabaret Voltaire, confidant of the early Dadaists, émigré in 1920 to New York City and subsequent passing acquaintance to the early Abstract-Expressionists. The paintings were presented to Leo Castelli’s for his infamous 9th Street Show in 1951, later to be considered the coming out of the New York School. Featured were de Kooning, Pollock, Franz Kline and Hans Hoffman among the 60+ artists. His work was turned down by Castelli. They were only publicly presented in 2016 at the Galerie Graf:DADA.
When Graf emigrated to America and NYC, the first person he met was the outlandish, ground-breaking and proto-punk icon Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. A confident to Marcel Duchamp it has recently been discussed that it was in fact the Baroness who was behind “Fountain”, one of the most influential artworks of the 20th century.