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Oui : the paranoid-critical revolution : writings, 1927-1933
Dalí, Salvador, 1904-1989.
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Oui. English
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Boston : Exact Change, 1998.
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ix, 178 pages ; 21 cm
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ND813.D3 A26 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
ND813.D3 A26 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Dali is the most famous artist associated with the Surrealist movement, but his official association with the movement was brief, following his expulsion by Andre Breton after five years.Oui was first published in French in 1971, and elicited a reassessment of Dali. Here through short fictions, essays and poems, Dali shows his love for his Spanish comrades, Bunuel and Lorca, his passion for the emerging arts of photography and cinema (UN CHIEN ANDALOU), his Catalan roots and subsequent entry into the cosmopolitan world of Parisian Avant Garde.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"If I press your fingers, I crush the droplets of my picnic grapes; and if I want to remind myself of your legs, I need only recall that disturbing rotting donkey with the nightingale head." Outlandish, funny, disturbing and out-of-control, the Catalan surrealist Salvador Dal¡ didn't confine himself to the vivid, weird paintings for which he is known. Dal¡ also wroteÄpoems, essays, short fiction, art criticism and art theory, "Reverie," "Documentary" and descriptive prose-poetry, all meant to "stray unmethodically onto the paths of the involuntary." Some of it describes others' works of artÄDal¡ reviews and recommends, for example, the drawings of Federico Garc¡a Lorca and the poetry of Benjamin P‚ret. Dal¡'s expertly wacky, sometimes icky, prose shares many of its attractions with his canvases: will his fans be surprised to learn that he hadÄor claimed he hadÄ"at three or four years of age, a vision of a decomposed lizard, gnawed by ants"? Dal¡'s exuberantly off-the-cuff theories, notes, self-mockeries and reactions are good antidotes for the overseriousness of so much other writing about modern art. Art historians who follow surrealism will be happy to see this first English translation of volume one of Dal¡'s Oui (published in French in 1971), but hopefully they won't be the only ones, since the prose can be so much fun to read. Dal¡ suggests that "new Surrealist objects" "be photographed... by dropping the object from ten meters... onto a little heap of hay"; his strenuous assertions and non sequiturs retain, 70 years later, the exhilarating strangeness of such a fall. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved