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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The fact that the only representative of this tendency to appear in the pages of
DOCUMENTS was Karl Blossfeldt is ... current photographic fashions.23 In
DOCUMENTS, Blossfeldt's austere close-ups of plants are mercilessly uprooted
Blossfeldt and the label of DOCUMENTS, 1930 Paper and postage stamps 22.5 x
28.4 Karl Blossfeldt Archiv Ann and Jurgen Wilde. Zulpich Lst of Contend fix
DOCl MEATS, 1929 Olfprint 27.4 x 22 Bibliotheque nationale de France.
171) Karl Blossfeldt Bryonia alba ( 1 1 hite Bryony), 1915-25 Silver gelatin print
29-7 x 23-7 © Karl Blossfeldt Archiv - Ann and Jitrgen Wilde, Ziilpich 68 (p. 170)
Karl Blossleldt (1865 1932) Dryopterisfilcx mas (Common Male Fern), I9'5 25 ...
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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