Dali A&i

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One of the best-known and most visually influential artists of the twentieth century, Salvador Dali (1904-89) redefined the boundaries of art, fashion and popular culture. His melting watches, space elephants and the sofa inspired by Mae West's lips have become firmly established both in the popular imagination and the world of advertising. In this fascinating account, Dali the painter, writer, filmmaker, illustrator, object-maker, jewellery designer, myth-maker and performance ...
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Overview

One of the best-known and most visually influential artists of the twentieth century, Salvador Dali (1904-89) redefined the boundaries of art, fashion and popular culture. His melting watches, space elephants and the sofa inspired by Mae West's lips have become firmly established both in the popular imagination and the world of advertising. In this fascinating account, Dali the painter, writer, filmmaker, illustrator, object-maker, jewellery designer, myth-maker and performance artist are all given proper recognition.

Robert Radford analyses the artist's complex personality and the rich variety of his work against the background of ideological and political conflict that erupted in the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War. He traces Dali's career from the crucial early years in the Spanish town of Figueras to membership of the Surrealist group in 1930s' Paris, then on to New York and Hollywood, where his purposefully extravagant behaviour made him a media star. Radford succeeds in making the reader rethink and re-evaluate the work of one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714834115
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Art and Ideas Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 994,025
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
1 False Memories and Real Passions: Growing up in Catalunya 9
2 Modern Painters in their White Studios: The Student Years 39
3 Illuminated Pleasures: Arrival in Paris 85
4 Systematized Confusion: The Surrealist Years 133
5 Living in the Atomic Era: Dali and America 195
6 Wearing the Uniform of the Celebrity: Dali and the World 247
7 Spectacles and Illusions: The Museums of Dali 295
8 The Persistence of the Embarrassing Genius: Reappraising Dali 319
Glossary 334
Brief Biographies 336
Key Dates 339
Map 343
Further Reading 344
Index 346
Acknowledgements 350
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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    Interesting informative introduction to a truly unusual individual.

    I come to this book with no art background. I have known of Dali's paintings for many years and acquired this book on impulse. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The insight into the artist and how he fit in with other contemporary artists is very interesting. I find the political aspect of Dali's work quite surprising. The author's explanations of the artist's expression leaves me with a much greater understanding of the surrealist's work. I can recommend the book as a really good first look at Dali.

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