Meret Oppenheim: From Breakfast in Fur and Back Again : the Conflation of Images, Language, and Objects in Meret Oppenheim's Applied Poetry

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Kerber, 2003 - Art - 255 pages
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One of the most unusual women of the twentieth century, Meret Oppenheim most famously created the legendary Le D jeuner en Fourrure, her 1936 assemblage of a tea cup and a fur. But Oppenheim was not just a Surrealist mouthful--though she provided the movement with one of its most recognizable symbols. Like her counterparts Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Andr Breton and Man Ray, she used found materials freely in her artworks, often to the point of creating a critical alienation of the viewer from an otherwise familiar object. Her greater oeuvre has often been subsumed by the dominance of the ubiquitous fur cup, a situation which this publication aims to remedy, presenting a career-spanning selection of witty drawings, paintings, objects, collages, poems and designs for "applied artworks"--fantastic clothes, jewelry and furniture. Shortly before her death, Oppenheim and editor Thomas Levy developed the idea of realizing some of her applied artworks; those that were made to appear here through photo documentation. Also included are scholarly essays, an exhibition list, a bibliography and a filmography.

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Die Pelztasse war nur der Anfang
She was incredibly open for everything

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About the author (2003)

Meret Oppenheim was born in 1913 in Berlin and grew up in Switzerland. As a teenager she moved to Paris, but didn't last long in art school before meeting pioneering Surrealists Alberto Giacometti, Hans Arp and Man Ray, and becoming enmeshed in their world. She was contributing to their shows by 1933, and had her first solo exhibition in 1936 in Basel. An eventual return to school was followed by deep depression and a dry spell of more than 20 years. Reentering public life again in the period that followed, she observed that "Nobody gives you freedom, you have to take it." Oppenheim died in Switzerland in 1985.

Thomas Patrick Levy attended a high school for "at risk" teenagers, holds a B.A. in English, and dropped out of Antioch University's MFA in Writing. He freelances as a web and eBook designer, is a licensed automotive repossession agent, and works as the Lead Product Developer at YesYes Books. His first full-length collection, I DON'T MIND IF YOU'RE FEELING ALONE, is available from YesYes Books and a thoroughly tiresome list of his publications is available on his web site.

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