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L'Amour fou : Photography and Surrealism

Krauss, Rosalind, Jane Livingston and Dawn Ades
Corcoran Gallery of Art / Abbeville Press, New Yor
1985
ISBN: 0896595765
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Format: Hardcover in Dustjacket
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Condition: Near Fine

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First edition. 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.

A sumptuous book! 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.200 duotones, 24 full-color illustrations. 9 x 12" trim size.  Light crease to dustjacket. pp. 243 #240415 

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