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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October, 107, Winter 2004, p. 38. 14 In the same issue, Leiris evokes 'a negress
from the troup of the Black Birds holding a bouquet of misty roses with her two ...
What did it mean to object to the description of the Black Birds as 'Art with a
capital ─ in a critique of the concept of civilization in 1929? It is true that
throughout the run of DOCUMENTS, ethnographers like Griaule and art-
historians like Carl ...
This is best exemplified by a single issue of DOCUMENTS (4, 1929) which calls
into question the nature of cultural exchange epitomised by jazz-age Paris by
rifling on the theme of Lew Leslie's Black Birds in a variety of ways. First, through
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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
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