1952 in art
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The year 1952 in art involved some significant events and new works.
- August 29 – Composer John Cage's 4′33″, during which the performer does not play, premieres in Woodstock, New York.
- Eight younger British artists (Robert Adams, Kenneth Armitage, Reg Butler, Lynn Chadwick, Geoffrey Clarke, Bernard Meadows, Eduardo Paolozzi and William Turnbull) are represented in the "New Aspects of British Sculpture" exhibition at the Venice Biennale which Herbert Read describes as the "Geometry of Fear". Britain also displays paintings by Graham Sutherland and Edward Wadsworth.
- Louis le Brocquy's 1951 painting A Family sparks controversy in Ireland when a group of art patrons offer to present it to the Dublin Municipal Gallery and it is rejected by the Art Advisory Committee on the grounds of incompetence.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson's photographic collection Images à la sauvette is published by Tériade in Paris.
- Publication of Un Art Autre, by Michel Tapié.
- Michael Andrews – A Man who Suddenly Fell Over
- Francis Bacon
- Salvador Dalí – Galatea of the Spheres
- Dwight D. Eisenhower – Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
- M. C. Escher
- Helen Frankenthaler – Mountains and Sea
- Lucian Freud – Girl In Bed
- Elisabeth Frink – Bird
- Willem de Kooning – Woman I
- Henri Laurens – L'Amphion (sculpture, University City of Caracas)
- René Magritte – The Listening Room
- Henri Matisse – cutouts
- John Minton – The Death of Nelson
- Henry Moore – King and Queen (bronze)
- Jackson Pollock – Blue Poles
- Kay Sage – On the Contrary
- David Smith – Agricola I (sculpture)
- Dorothea Tanning – The Friend's Room
- Lovejoy Columns, Portland, Oregon, painted by Tom Stefopoulos
- September 25 – November 9 – Jacob Epstein retrospective, Tate Gallery, London
- Exhibition of forgeries, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
- March 22 – Bernard Pras, French plastics technician
- May 23 – Martin Parr, English documentary colour photographer
- August 13 – Herb Ritts, American photographer (d. 2002)
- October 20 – Derek Ridgers, English portrait and street culture photographer
- November 15 – Blek le Rat (Xavier Prou), French stencil graffiti artist
- November 22 – Corno (Joanne Corneau), Canadian post-pop painter (d. 2016)
- date unknown – Graham Forsythe, Northern Irish/Canadian painter
- March 3 – Howard Chandler Christy, American painter and illustrator (b. 1873)
- April 9 – Caroline Risque, American sculptor and painter (b. 1883)
- May 5 – Alberto Savinio, Italian writer and painter (b. 1891)
- August 16 – Lydia Field Emmet, American painter (b. 1866)
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- In the catalogue (London: British Council), cited in: "Geometry of Fear". Glossary of art terms. London: Tate. Retrieved 2015-08-05. See also: "The Sculpture Show 17th December 2011–24th June 2012: Geometry of Fear: British Sculpture of the 1950s". Edinburgh: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Retrieved 2015-08-05.