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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In the 1997 book Formless: A Users Guide, Rosalind Krauss and Yve-Alain Bois
propose a subtle counterpoint to that of 'formless resemblance'. They too draw on
Bataille's 'formless' but offer an alternative spin on its relationship to the ...
148) DOCUMENTS, 4, 1930 Spread from DOCUMENTS, 3, 1929 themselves,
resemblances are not 'unformed': it is the very concept of resemblance that is
debased as it gradually makes less and less sense. As Bataille says, 'formless is
These are indeed 'something', but resemble nothing at all. But in what sense is
resemblance a token of 'form'? Insofar as a work (of art) has a form is it possible
for it to resemble nothing? Can it never be a thing in its own right? The works by ...
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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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