Undercover surrealism: Georges Bataille and Documents
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. "Copublished by Hayward Gallery Publishing, London"
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As Waldemar Deonna remarked, archaeology can act as 'an agent of patriotism';
but in DOCUMENTS Bataille deployed archaeology' against a certain paradigm
of national identity. Archaeology has often conspired with nationalism, since ...
amid ihisAncien Regime conspicuous consumption that Bataille obsessed about
hierarchy, revolution and excess. Bataille's first DOCUMENTS article emerged
from the Cabinet des medailles, though it deviated violently lrom the numismatic
COINS AND MEDALS Georges Bataille apparently became involved with
DOCUMENTS through his work as a numismatist at the Bibliotheque nationale
de France. We know little about Bataille's interest in coins, a subject he appears
not to ...
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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
E PEACE Martin CaigerSmifh 174 JACOUES ANORE BO1FEARO Ian Walker
DOCTRINES TThe Appearance of Things Simon Baker MAX ERNSTS HUNOREOHEAOLESS WOMAN Translation Robert Oesnos
ARCHAEOLOGY CEO Miller 2D8 CINEMA Michael Richardson
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