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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1 Boiffard's photographs are also unusual in being so closely tied to the
magazine, with no apparent existence beyond it. It's interesting to compare his
contribution to that of Eli Lotar with whom he shared a studio at the time. Lotar's '
The four pictures of men modelling carnival masks are more distanced and were
shot in clear daylight, while the largest group of pictures that Boiffard produced
for DOCUMENTS - the five photographs of Paris statues that accompany Robert ...
In different ways, then, Boiffard's pictures all give us something we can recognise
while simultaneously rendering that familiarity unstable. As Bataille's Critical
Dictionary perversely refuses the possibility of delinition, so Boiffard doesn't tell
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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