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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... which ran for 15 issues through 1929 and '93°-2 Conceived as a 'war machine
against received ideas',3 DOCUMENTS drew in several dissident surrealists
such as Michel Leiris, Joan Miro, Robert Desnos and Andre Masson. Never
... although Robert Desnos apparently played a role in the latter and the notion
that DOCUMENTS looks the way it does because Bataille and Desnos worked
closely together is a tantalising possibility.5 What seems most likely however, is
Robert Desnos, Image of the Eye 2) Georges Bataille, Cannibal Delicacy 3)
Marcel Griaule, E\il Eye 4) The Eye in the French Academy Michel Ijjiris.
Civilization Andre SchaelTher, The 'Lew Leslie's Black Birds' at the Moulin Rouge
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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