Undercover Surrealism: Georges Bataille and Documents
An exploration of the unsettling collisions of art and culture in Georges Bataille's revolutionary journal and a new consideration of twentieth-century masterpieces by Picasso, Miró, Dalí, and others against the canvas of their renegade times.
In the Paris art world of the 1920s, Georges Bataille and his journal DOCUMENTS represented a dissident branch of surrealism. Bataille--poet, philosopher, writer, and self-styled "enemy within" surrealism--used DOCUMENTS to put art into violent confrontation with popular culture, ethnography, film, and archaeology. Undercover Surrealism, taking the visual richness of DOCUMENTS as its starting point, recovers the explosive and vital intellectual context of works by Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Giacometti, and others in 1920s Paris. Featuring 180 color images and translations of original texts from DOCUMENTS accompanied by essays and shorter descriptive texts, Undercover Surrealism recreates and recontextualizes Bataille's still unsettling approach to culture. Putting Picasso's Three Dancers back into its original context of sex, sacrifice, and violence, for example, then juxtaposing it with images of gang wars, tribal masks, voodoo ritual, Hollywood musicals, and jazz, makes the urgency and excitement of Bataille's radical ideas startlingly vivid to a twenty-first-century reader. Copublished by Hayward Gallery Publishing, London
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L ' abattoir relève de la religion en ce sens que des temples des époques
reculées , ( sans parler de nos jours de ceux ... Il en résultait sans aucun doute (
on peut en juger d ' après l ' aspect de chaos des abattoirs actuels ) une
... of his ear; in the immolation of a bull by the god Mithras or in the blood soaked
temple of Kali; on the altars of Aztec temples; in the local slaughterhouse or in
Andre Masson's painting Abattoir (1930); in the child's act of mutilating an insect.
Masson, of course, went with Eli Lotar when the latter photographed the abattoir
of La Villette, the images of which accompany Georges Bataille's short Critical
Dictionary text on the slaughterhouse ('Abattoir', 6, 1929). In Masson's painting ...
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Art historian Ades, the author of several books on Surrealism and Dadaism, and Baker (art history, Univ. of Nottingham), a member of the editorial group of theOxford Art Journal , here tell the story ... Volledige review lezen