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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99) and Bataille's Critical Dictionary entry on 'Abattoir'." This text links the
slaughterhouse to temples of bygone eras and evokes 'the ominous grandeur
typical of those places in which blood flows'; photos and text relate to Bataille's
interest in ...
15 J. Clilford, 'Histories of the Tribal and the Modern', in The Predicament of
Culture. 16 See Bataille's Critical Dictionary entry 'Black Birds', 4. 1929. 17 6,
1930. 18 Barthes's comments are made in regard to Edward Steichen's 1955
Although both Leiris and Bataille conceived of the practice of sacrifice as
fundamental to human experience, there is no Critical Dictionary entry for the
term in DOCUMENTS. Nevertheless, sacrifices are everywhere in the pages of
the journal: ...
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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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DOCTRINES TThe Appearance of Things Simon Baker MAX ERNSTS HUNOREOHEAOLESS WOMAN Translation Robert Oesnos
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