Oui: The Paranoid-Critical Revolution: Writings 1927-1933

Salvador Dali, Author, Yvonne Shafir, Translator Exact Change $13.95 (192p) ISBN 978-1-878972-22-4
""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 wrote--poems, 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 art--Dal 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 had--or claimed he had--""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.)
Reviewed on: 01/12/2004
Release date: 01/01/2004
Genre: Nonfiction
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