Undercover Surrealism: Georges Bataille and Documents
Hayward Gallery, 2006 - 271 pagina's
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, Dali, Miro, 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.
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We know little about Bataille's interest in coins, a subject he appears not to have
pursued after publishing two essays in the journal: 'The Academic Horse' (1,
1929, translated in this book) and 'Base Materialism and Gnosticism' (1, 1930).
THE ACADEMIC HORSE Georges Bataille There appears to be nothing in the
history of the animal kingdom, a simple succession of confusing metamorphoses,
to suggest the determinations characteristic of human history: the transformations
The relation between Greek and Gaulish expressions is all the more significant
as it relates to the noble and correctly calculated form of horses, animals rightly
considered to be among the most perfect and academic of forms. There is no ...
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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
DOCTRINES The Appearance of Things Simon Baker
ARCHAEOLOGY CFB Miller
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