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Overview

Presenting the most compelling explanation yet for the bizarre nature of the Black Dahlia murder, this volume includes never-before published crime-scene photographs and links the alleged killer to a vast array of influential people.

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Sometimes life collides with art in the most violent way. According to Mark Nelson and Sarah Bayliss, that brutal interface played out in the Black Dahlia murder, the unsolved 1947 killing and mutilation of would-be actress Elizabeth Short. Drawing on recent Black Dahlia Avenger revelations about George Hodel, the authors bare links between this savage murder and surrealist art, both before and after the slaying. Exquisite Corpse isn't just hip nouveau art criticism; Nelson and Bayliss here pinpoint direct and near-direction connections between the alleged murderer and influential L.A. artists and filmmakers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821258194
  • Publisher: Bulfinch
  • Publication date: 9/18/2006
  • Pages: 192

Meet the Author

Mark Nelson is the design director of Anthony McCall Associates in New York City. He has over fifteen years of experience designing books, brochures, and exhibition graphics for prominent museums, galleries, and artists around the country. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Sarah Bayliss has written on art and culture for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Conde Nast Traveler, among other publications. She also lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2006

    Garbage in, garbage out

    Don't read this book if you know anything about art and art history, especially Surrealism, or, for that matter, about the Black Dahlia case. This is a work for the ignorant, and for those who find facts and truth irrelevant. It descends from Steve Hodel's silly and trashy _Black Dahlia Avenger_ which has already been adequately demolished on this site. Apparently Steve's misreading of Surrealism wasn't vulgar enough, so two hardy souls have been found to plunge in lower. There's no need to follow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    SURREALIST SIGNATURES

    KUDOS TO MARK AND SARAH. As relates to the Nelson/Bayliss EXQUISITE CORPSE: SURREALISM AND THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, I would like to add my heartfelt appreciation and high praise for their outstanding research, dedication and documentation. I believe their independent and academic investigation, adds mountains of evidence to my original lay/foundational thesis that suggested surrealism and its art were the key to the DAHLIA crime signatures. Mark Nelson and Sarah Hudson Bayliss have connected the dots and the people and presented them for all of us to see. They have taken the long silent voices of those who knew (or suspected) and by holding up their works (riddles wrapped in mysteries)--HAVE MADE THEM SPEAK! Steve Hodel Los Angeles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    SURREALIST SIGNATURES

    KUDOS TO MARK AND SARAH. As relates to the Nelson/Bayliss EXQUISITE CORPSE: SURREALISM AND THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, I would like to add my heartfelt appreciation and high praise for their outstanding research, dedication and documentation. I believe their independent and academic investigation, adds mountains of evidence to my original lay/foundational thesis that suggested surrealism and its art were the key to the DAHLIA crime signatures. Mark Nelson and Sarah Hudson Bayliss have connected the dots and the people and presented them for all of us to see. They have taken the long silent voices of those who knew (or suspected) and by holding up their works (riddles wrapped in mysteries)--HAVE MADE THEM SPEAK! Steve Hodel, Author of Black Dahlia Avenger-- Los Angeles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2006

    Don't Bother

    This piffle of a book can be read in one short sitting. If not for the extra-large typeface and huge margins that take up half of each page, the text would probably run about 30 pages. Here you will learn little about the Black Dahlia murder, less about surrealism, and next to nothing about any connection between the two. I'm sorry I wasted my money one this book. Learn from my mistake!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2006

    Well worth reading!

    This book was a fascinating journey for me. I learned about surrealism and about a period of history I had previously not explored. The connections proposed between the art world and this murder are intriguing. I imagine the pictures in this book would please both those familar with the works of Duchamp, Dali, and Man Ray as well as anyone who is new to this genre but can appreciate art. The authors meaningfully bring the tragedy of this murder to life in the pages of Exquisite Corpse.

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