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Surrealism : desire unbound

Author: Jennifer Mundy; Vincent Gille; Dawn Ades; Tate Modern (Gallery); Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The surrealist leader André Breton described desire as the "only master that man must recognize." One of the surrealism's defining themes, desire was expressed variously in Salvador Dalí's charged landscapes, Joan Miró's lyric abstractions, and Hans Bellmer's unsettling nudes. Influenced by Sigmund Freud, the surrealists saw sexual desire as a path to self-knowledge - "a theatre of provocations and prohibitions  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Expositions
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Mundy; Vincent Gille; Dawn Ades; Tate Modern (Gallery); Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN: 0691090645 9780691090641 0691123365 9780691123363
OCLC Number: 46809974
Notes: Tate Modern exhibition, Sept. 20-2001-Jan. 1, 2002, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Feb. 6, 2002-May 12, 2002.
Description: 349 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Letters of desire / Jennifer Mundy --
Omnipotence of desire : surrealism, psychoanalysis and hysteria / David Lomas --
Prière de frôler : the touch in surrealism / Julia Kelly --
Anamorphic love : the surrealist poetry of desire / Katharine Conley --
Books of love, love books / Vincent Gille --
Lives and loves / Vincent Gille --
Surrealism, male-female / Dawn Ades --
Violation and veiling in surrealist photography : woman as fetish, as shattered object, as phallus / Hal Foster --
History, pornography and the social body / Carolyn J. Dean --
Critique of pure desire, or when the surrealists were right / Neil Cox --
Staging desire / Alyce Mahon --
Desire, a surrealist "invention" / Annie Le Brun.
Responsibility: edited by Jennifer Mundy ; consultant editor, Dawn Ades ; special advisor, Vincent Gille.
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The surrealist leader André Breton described desire as the "only master that man must recognize." One of the surrealism's defining themes, desire was expressed variously in Salvador Dalí's charged landscapes, Joan Miró's lyric abstractions, and Hans Bellmer's unsettling nudes. Influenced by Sigmund Freud, the surrealists saw sexual desire as a path to self-knowledge - "a theatre of provocations and prohibitions in which life's profound urges confront one another." Published to accompany a major transatlantic exhibition of international surrealism, this lavishly illustrated catalogue explores desire in surrealist art in both words and images. Key works by such artists as Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Max Ernst, Dalí, Giogio de Chirico, Alberto Giacometti, Bellmer, Meret Oppenheim and Claude Cahun are illustrated and discussed, as are surrealist films and photographs by Man Ray, Brassaï, and others. The volume also features some of the rare and beautiful books produced by the surrealists in their celebration of love, as well as a selection of fascinating manuscripts, letters, and documentary photographs that reveal the personal contexts of the group's exploration of desire. Essays by leading scholars show how the theme of desire was implicated in almost all aspects of surrealist activity - not only its art and writings, but also its political struggles and its ethical stances on issues involving individual liberty and the social control of sexuality. This attractive and provocative volume illustrates a vision of desire that embraces both sublime exaltation and dark carnality. It shows the unprecendented intensity with which the surrealists extolled love and the extent to which they depicted desire as implicated in every thought, action, event, and encounter. A major contribution to surrealist studies, this volume is edited by Jennifer Mundy and has contributions from Dawn Ades, Katherine Conley, Neil Cox, Carolyn J. Dean, Hal Foster, Vincent Gille, Jean-Michel Goutier, David Hopkins, Radovan Ivsic, Julia Kelly, Annie Le Brun, David Lomas, and Alyce Mahon. -- from dust jacket.

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