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L'Amour fou: Photography and Surrealism Hardcover – October 25, 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 dream." British and American art educators Krauss, Livingston and Ades in this rich picture book examine the very extensive role of photography (an unlikely medium on the face of it) in the surrealist movement. Shown here are photographs by Man Ray, Brassai, Tabard, Ubac, Boiffard and others whose choice of subject and/or photolab manipulations leave in no doubt their surrealist competence and intent. Illogical juxtapositions, twisted imagery (e.g., Hans Bellemer's "Doll" sequence), light-and-shadow cutouts, and coldly unerotic dissections of the female form boldly assert surrealism's quest for an ultimate truthits own "psycho-atmospheric-anamorphic" knowledge. A scholarly tour de force, this is the catalogue of a traveling exhibition. December 27
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About the Author

Rosalind Krauss, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Art and Theory at Columbia University, is a widely published author of books and articles on art subjects. Since 1976 she has edited October, a journal of aesthetics. Jane Livingston, former associate director and chief curator of The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., has written major books and exhibition catalogues on art and photography. Dawn Ades, Professor of Art History and Theory Essex University, Colchester, England, has written several art books, including Abbeville's The 20th-Century Poster.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press; First Edition edition (October 25, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896595765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896595767
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,536,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I remember writing my thesis with this book next to me all the time. It was by far the best writing on Surrealism and Photography. Rosalind Krauss has given the most compelling and exciting essay on the role of photography and artist's thinking of mechanics of pictures, dreams and bodies in the realm of visual art.
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