L'amour fou: photography & surrealism

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Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1985 - Art - 243 pages
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Much has been written about Surrealist painting and sculpture, but most of the erotic, disorienting, and exquisite Surrealist photographs of Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Andre Breton, Brassai, Salvador Dali, Andre Kertesz, and Hans Bellmer have remained all but unknown--until now. Traditional criticism has viewed Surrealist photography as a pale imitation of authentic Surrealist work. The assumption has been that photography, a "realistic" medium, is fundamentally incompatible with a cause devoted to the wildly subjective, the world of dreams, and the unconscious. As a consequence, Surrealist photography, a major body of twentieth-century art, has remained largely unexplored.

L' Amour fou is the first book to study the crucial role photography did in fact play in the Surrealist movement. It shows how photographers enlisted into the service of "subjective" Surrealism their medium's very claim to "objective" reality. Of greatest interest, of course, is the book's abundant reproductions of the fantastic and distorted photographic creations that must be acknowledged as an important part of the Surrealist oeuvre.

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200 duotones, 24 full-color illustrations. 9 x 12" trim size. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C./Abbeville Press, New York, co-publishers. First published 1985.

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Andre Breton's surrealist manifestos of the 1920s and '30s, along with his novel concept of "l'amour fou," ascribed to his revolutionary Parisian art movement "the intensely illogical reality of a ... Read full review

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Yeah, the cover looks sexy. Rosalind Krauss does not write sexy. Don't be fooled. It's an interesting dissertation on the relationship of photography to surrealism (you don't say, right?). She's a genius. Read full review

Contents

Preface
11
Corpus Delicti 57
40
Artist Biographies and Bibliographies
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About the author (1985)

Rosalind E. Krauss, University Professor at Columbia University and an editor and cofounder of "October" magazine, is the author of "The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths" (1985), "The Optical Unconscious" (1993), "The Picasso Papers" (1999), and "Bachelors" (1999), all published by the MIT Press, and coauthor (with Yve-Alain Bois) of "Formless: A User's Guide" (Zone Books, 1997).

Jane Livingston is an independent author and curator living in Rappahannock County, Virginia. John Elderfield is Chief Curator-at-Large at The Museum of Modern Art. Ruth Fine is Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery.

DAWN ADES is Professor of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex. She pioneered the study of Latin American art in the United Kingdom and has also published widely on Dada, Surrealism, and photography.

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