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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'I had the distinct sense - not at all literary, but truly spontaneous that I had offered
a sacrifice, with all that this word implies of the mystical and intoxicating.'1 Such
was the revelation that Michel Leiris claimed to have experienced, having just ...
sociology and the comparative study of religions in the late nineteenth century. In
this vast literature, 'sacrifice', closely tied to the concepts of the 'sacred' and the '
numinous' (a neologism coined by Rudolf Otto in 1917, referring to the power of ...
13 ) AP ' Human Sacrifices of Central America ' The pages ... For Leiris sacrifices
are always allied to eroticism . ... It was later rumoured , perhaps maliciously , that
Bataille sought to organise a human sacrifice under the aegis of Acéphale , the ...
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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