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SURREALISM: DESIRE UNBOUND (SPECIAL EDITION)

Mundy, Jennifer

ISBN 10: 1854374044 / ISBN 13: 9781854374042
Published by Tate Publishing, London, England, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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351 pp; This is a great book with solid binding, and completely clean tight and unmarked interior. Boards are fur covered with pink cloth spine. Slipcase has a few trace scuffs but is also in excellent condition. From the exhibition at the Tate Modern, this collection brings together many of the most important surrealist paintings, sculptures, drawings, many well known works, and some never before exhibited. ; Always Delivery Confirmation. 35 Years Fast Excellent Service. We Know How To Pack Books. Bookseller Inventory # 87347

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Title: SURREALISM: DESIRE UNBOUND (SPECIAL EDITION)

Publisher: Tate Publishing, London, England

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: Special Edition.

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Deluxe edition.Hardcover exhibition catalog in pink boards bound in fur. A wild production. An excellent copy.

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Surrealism: Desire Unbound is not only a wonderfully produced catalog to accompany the Tate Modern's excellent surrealism exhibition but also a compelling addition to surrealist studies in its own right. As lavishly illustrated as you could hope for (no fewer than 300 color illustrations), the book really owes its strength to the quality of the essays, which come from some of the best art historians around. Professor Dawn Ades, the consultant editor, contributes "Surrealism, male-female," which builds on themes of sexuality and the notion of the fluidity of the category of gender so important to the surrealists, which she (and others, see particularly Surrealism and Women) has previously addressed elsewhere; her book on Marcel Duchamp, a constant reference point for so much modern art, is particularly good. Hal Foster (well known for his argument that the 1990s saw the return to bodies and spaces in art in his thought-provoking The Return of the Real) adds a superb essay on the objectification and fetishization of women within surrealist photography. David Lomas walks us through the influence of Freud (arguably the first theorist of desire and psychoanalysis) on surrealism, and Annie Le Brun rounds off the book with a look at the invention of desire by surrealism and its adoption by modernity. Desire, as a category and as an impetus, compelled much of the art and thinking of the surrealists, and this excellent volume does much to explore and problematize the issues surrounding sex, gender, and identity (the subtitle of the essential Women in Dada, which should certainly be consulted when broaching these issues) that obsessed these important artists and their often iconic art. This is a big, beautiful, and bold book that does the surrealists proud. --Mark Thwaite, Amazon.co.uk

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