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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to all of these objects.20 Where magazines of the time used photography to
transform everything into aesthetic equivalents, DOCUMENTS opted instead to
deny the symbolic functions of aesthetic objects in favour of their tasks or use-
We know that in 1928 Bataille read Deonna,4 w hose understanding of the
archaeological object as 'a psychological ... This would lit with Denis Hollier's anti
-aesthetic reading of DOCUMENTS.6 But the mobilisation of ancient objects in ...
The mechanism that has become a veritable object of worship is cast aside and
mnemotechnic repetitions are suspended. The flow of ... Painting no longer seeks
to describe given forms or the structures found within objects. In other words ...
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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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Undercover Surrealism: Georges Bataille and Documents
Dawn Ades,Simon Baker,Hayward Gallery
Fragmentweergave - 2006