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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Take, for example, the importance attributed to 'Formless', a short text written by
Bataille for the Critical Dictionary section of DOCUMENTS, which it describes as
follows: 'a dictionary would begin from the point at which it no longer rendered ...
In the 1997 book Formless: A Usee's 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 ...
As an example, Bataille gives us his definition of formless, seen as the epitome of
what eludes classification. 'Formless' appears in the Dictionary section of the final
issue of the first year of DOCUMENTS (the 'Critical Dictionary' had been a ...
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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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