The Scandalous Eye: The Surrealism of Conroy Maddox

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Liverpool University Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Art - 292 pages
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Conroy Maddox discovered surrealism by chance in 1935 and spent the rest of his life exploring its potential through his paintings, collages, photographs, objects and texts. Inspired by artists such as Max Ernst, Oscar Dominguez and Salvador Dalí, he rejected academic painting in favor of techniques that expressed the surrealist spirit of rebellion. Maddox went on to become a rebel in every sense – the defiance that had initially turned towards aesthetics became a broader challenge against morality, religion and the establishment as a whole. Maddox’s colorful exploits and outstanding artistic production undoubtedly made him Britain’s most beguiling, provocative and vigorous exponent of surrealism. This book maps out his place in the history of the surrealist movement and reveals the intellectual complexity as well as the poignant charm of an oeuvre that spans eight decades.
 

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Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
9
BIRMINGHAM YEARS 19331954
27
LONDON AND BEYOND 19542003
111
AUTOMATIC BEGINNINGS
143
UNHOLY MISSION
159
VISIONS OF WOMAN
181
HYSTERICAL FANTASIES
203
EXHIBITIONS
223
Texts and broadcasts with references to Maddox
241
INDEX
288
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