PAUL JORDAN SMITH aka PAVEL JERDANOWITCH
DISUMBRATIONIST PAINTINGS

 

 


Exaltation

 

 

 

In 1924 Paul Jordan Smith, an Latin novelist living in Los Angeles, painted an islander holding a banana over her head (calling it "Exaltation"), intending to poke fun at modern art. He entered it into an art exhibition, claiming that it was a work by the Russian artist Pavel Jerdanowitch (a name he had invented), who was the founder of the Disumbrationist School of Art (another invention of his). In 1927 after an exhibition in New York City, Smith confessed to the Los Angeles Times that it was all a hoax.