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Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me: A biography of Salvador Dali by [Thurlow, Clifford]
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Carlos Lozano's sexy, eyewitness account of life with Dali is described in a colourful, energetic style that touches the sublime and the magnificent. The combination of his story and the breathtaking style of his collaborator, the award winning writer Clifford Thurlow, combine to create a book that is truly memorable. For once, names are named and, the veil of hype and mystique that so often surrounded Dali is blown away for all to see. Once we started, we couldn't put it down! EXHIBIT:A - International Art & Literature Journal, April 2000 --nternational Art & Literature Journal

"Salvador Dali painted lush, exquisitely-detailed and disturbing masterpieces that are a joy to behold. Clifford Thurlow in Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me has conjured up the same alchemy from the memoirs of Carlos Lozano to follow in the Master's footsteps. Full of passion, charm and wit, I laughed and cried and couldn't put it down. Brilliant." --Amazon

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  • File Size: 927 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: YellowBay.co.uk; 2 edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HRYCWI
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This book tells the story of Carlos Lozano, Dali & the people in their lives. Lozano met Dali when he was past 60 - so this is definitely not the story of his most creative years. So if you're looking for a more structured understanding of Dali's life & contemporary European art at the time - look elsewhere.

This book paints a very vivid picture of Dali as he was in the years that Lozano & Dali were together. It is full of interesting observations about the great painter & his eccentricities - many bordering on the lewd & obscene, I think it is safe to say. Lozano's success lies in blending a very interesting style of articulating this story - part floral, poetic, part astute observations, part hippie & boundless, always genuine & deeply human - with the colors of Dali's persona & the inundation of the absurd. In many ways, I think that this book was written very deliberately in that particular way, to capture a certain flavor - to arrest more than to inform, to tease more than to be precise.

I definitely enjoyed reading this book for all its unresisting structure & forays into the absurd.

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Being a pretty conservative person who lives a conventional life and about as different from the lifestyle portrayed in this book;I really enjoyed it.Generally I tend to prefer Graphic and Realism in my art;but I do enjoy some of the unique art that Dali has created and is famous for.
However;don't expect much about his art in this book.The book dwells on Dali's later years,when his fame provided virtually unlimited funds to live any way he wanted;and everyone else be damned.It also deals extensively with the relative handful of people who were close to him.It also deals with a large number of world famous people who came into his world,but only fleetingly.His lifestyle was so far removed from reality,that it is inconceivable to people who live normal or conventional lives,that anyone would choose live that way.
While Dali had a mind that could create and admire great beauty,that same mind was able to indulge in the most filthy and abnormal thoughts and actions.
It has often been said that there is often very little separating brilliance and insanity;and from what the author learned from Carlos Lozano,that idea is displayed by both Dali and some of his close associates.
When I first saw this book ,I thought it would be a difficult read;but such was not the case. Rather than a background in Art,Clifford Thurlow comes from the field of Journalism,and writes in a simple ,readible fashion.The book is filled with interesting quotes and descriptions,and he is able to take a mishmash of information and construct very clear account of a weird man and his eccentric lifestyle.
Just as an aside,I calculated the Gunning Fog index for this book.How to calculate the Fog Index can be found on the Net.
I chose page 85 as an example and the Fog Index was 6.7.As a comparison,the U.S High School leaving readability is at the 12 level.No wonder I found it so readible and is often the readability one gets from Journalists.
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This is a remarkable and tremendously vibrant biography of the surrealist Salvador Dali seen through the eyes of his muse/lover/model Carlos Lozano - a one-time dancer in the musical Hair, actor, gallerista and lifetime friend and companion of one of the greatest artists and personalities of the 20th century.

Dali said if you have 100 ideas and only get to realise ten, it is nine more than the person who has only one. To this end, Dali worked frenetically painting, sculpting, designing and, like the keenest FaceBook digital networkers of today, he knew how to promote himself, an innate skill practised long before the Mad Men of Madison Avenue.

For example: on the eve of World War Two with Hitler marching into Poland and Mussolini seizing Abyssinia, Dali had his first major exhibition in New York. He had decorated a window for the departmental store Bonwit Teller with a naked mannequin in a tin bath with a bull's head above dripping blood into the water. Assistants at the store "tidied up" the lewd display and, when Dali saw it, with maniacal strength, he upset the bath, smashed the window and walked through the shattering glass into the crowds on Fifth Avenue screaming in Latin. Arrested by the cops, it took all the skills of revolutionary gallery owner Julian Levy to prevent him being charged. The press cameras waiting outside the police station captured the moment Dali was released and, next morning, the New York Times had, along with the war stories, a column on Page 1 with the key sentence announcing the opening of Dali's show. That night, there were lines around the block and the show was a sell-out, naturally.
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This is an unusual tract of writing among biographies. It's delicious felicity reflects the writer's close shave in everything related to Dali. Interpretation of paintings, especially Persistence of Memory (chapter 13), and, his personal journey mingle completely. Just superb. The other parts of the book show how much the author is seeped into Dali eccentricities, surreal mood, critique of abstract art, women and their farts and sexist hilarity of it all. If you like to read Dali with or without the discussion on regeneration (read semen) this is the book. But if you want a structure d prosaic kind of writing sort out other biographies of Dali, e.g. Carlton Lake's In Quest of Dali. It is a pleasure able (perhaps serious hedonist) read. Enjoy it as a heady marijuana for the author believes the latter opens the minds to different ways of perceiving.
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