The Eclectic Bookstore: Surrealism, photography, travel to Japan/France, web, digital photography, cookbooks seasonal selections

Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo & Other Surrealists including a few modern photographers: Michiko Kon, Ana Mendieta, and Francesca Woodman.: Links to Galleries, Bios, and articles plus a bibliography on them.

Surrealist Exhibits

(If I come across them.)

Tate Modern Museum, London: Surrealism: Desire Unbound
20 September - 16 December 2001.

A historical examination of surrealism's engagement with the subject of desire, this exhibition will include many of the iconic works associated with surrealism and will include
works by less well known artists, including Hans Bellmer, Claude Cahun, Maria, Jindrich Styrsky, Dorothea Tanning, Toyen, and RemediosVaro. Art, film, photographs, and some rare and beautiful books produced by the surrealists in their celebration of love and desire, as well as a selection of manuscripts, letters and documentary photographs that show something of the personal contexts of the group's exploration of desire. This exhibition will travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (February 6, 2002-May 12, 2002).

Weinstein: Leonor Fini and women surrealist contemporaries
January 2002.

San Francisco, CA. Featured on the third floor: Leonor Fini's artwork and her contemporaries: Stella Snead, Anne Bachelier, Leonora Carrington Oil paintings, water colors, lithographs, mixed media and pen and ink. Fini's work is an intriguing kaleidescope of feminine sensuality, erotic awareness, whimsy and humor. In many of her paintings her use of a pastel palette is deceptive. Her work is often layered with sexual nuance or social commentary contradicting an almost dreamy sweetness. While her work is known in Europe, it is rare to find it in the U.S.

Salvador Dali: IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING, SPRING: JACQUELINE LAMBA (1910-1993)
11/08/2001 - 2/24/2002


St. Petersburg, FL. A selection of roughly 25 paintings from the 1930s to the 1980s by surrealist and André Breton's wife. Lamba began working as a surrealist in New York in the 1940s. After the war she returned to France, where her work engaged with the French landscape. Organized by Mills College, California. Guest Curated by Salomon Grimberg. . Located next to the University of South Florida Bayboro Campus at 1000 Third Street South, houses a comprehensive collection of the Spanish artist's works, Dating from 1914-80, Dali's paintings range from small impressionistic works to gigantic surrealistic montages. Sculptures and other objects illustrate Dali's artistic diversity.

Winifred Shortell Kenney Gallery: Life Is But A Dream: Surrealist Prints From the Permanent Collections
Jan. 8-March 17, 2002

New York. The purpose of Surrealism, according to its founder and chief spokesman, Andre Breton, was, “to resolve the previously contradictory condition of dream and reality into an absolute reality, a super-reality.” In New York, European and American artists met at the studio of Stanley William Hayter, a British printmaker who is today considered one of the most influential modern printmakers. Among other Surrealist emigrants represented in the exhibition are Joan Miró, Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteauand Max Ernst. Seven lithographs and one etching by Dorothea Tanning acquaint viewers with this under-recognized American member of the Surrealist movement.

de Young Museum: Dreaming with Open Eyes
February 2, 2002 - April 28, 2002.

San Francisco, CA. Dada and Surrealist Art from The Vera, Silvia, and Arturo Schwarz Collection in the Israel Museum. Approximately 200 provocative works document the raucous, convention-challenging, highly creative histories of two closely related movements in early 20th-century art: Dada and Surrealism.

Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten: An exhibition featuring JANE GRAVEROL (1905 - 1984) and RACHEL BAES (1912 - 1983)April 6th 2002 - June 23rd 2002

Antwerpen, Netherlands.Publications about surrealism mistakenly pay little if any attention to the paintings of Jane Graverol and Rachel Baes, two Belgian surrealists. Fifty works, executed between1940 and ca. 1975, attest to the bizarre imagination of both artists, while many letters, photographs and other personal documents evoke the lives of these two women. 

Haggerty Museum: Man Ray on Paper
25 April - July 2002.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Works on paper by Man Ray including the 1926 Revolving Doors portfolio are the subject of this exhibition which looks at the important contribution made by Man Ray to Surrealism and Abstraction. The Revolving Doors portfolio represents an important body of work, which reflects Man Ray's interest in color and abstraction. Also included in this exhibition will be the photogravure series L'Electricité along with other works by Man Ray.

Miami Art Museum: Matta in America: Paintings and Drawings of the 1940s
March 20 - June 2, 2002

Miami, Florida. This exhibition will focus on Chilean-born artist Roberto Sebastian Matta’s time in the United States from 1939–1948. During this decade, Matta developed some of the most unique and powerful works of his career, fusing surrealist practices of automatism with a wide-ranging approach to painting in which abstraction and figuration increasingly intertwined. He also helped forge important links between the European Surrealists in exile in the United States and a generation of younger American artists who would become known as abstract expressionists, with lasting consequences for the development of their work.

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza: DALÍ IN FOCUS: GRADIVA
June 3 - September 29, 2002

Madrid, Spain. Gradiva, the subject of Wilhelm Jensen's novel of the same name fascinated Freud, Dalí, and the surrealists. This exhibition traces Dalí's extensive treatment of the theme, a kind of modern psychoanalytic parable. Organized by the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. Curated by William Jeffett. .


Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Museum: Salvador Dali's Surrealist World
July 5 - September 1, 2002.

Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Museum of Contemporary Art: Matta in America: Paintings and Drawings of the 1940s
July 13–October 20, 2002


Chicago, Illinois. This exhibition will focus on Chilean-born artist Roberto Sebastian Matta’s time in the United States from 1939–1948. During this decade, Matta developed some of the most unique and powerful works of his career, fusing surrealist practices of automatism with a wide-ranging approach to painting in which abstraction and figuration increasingly intertwined. He also helped forge important links between the European Surrealists in exile in the United States and a generation of younger American artists who would become known as abstract expressionists, with lasting consequences for the development of their work.. It will open at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and travel to the Miami Art Museum prior to its presentation in Chicago.

 

Salvador Dali: DALÍ IN FOCUS: GRADIVA
November 2, 2002 - January 19, 2003


St. Petersburg, FL. Gradiva, the subject of Wilhelm Jensen's novel of the same name fascinated Freud, Dalí, and the surrealists. This exhibition traces Dalí's extensive treatment of the theme, a kind of modern psychoanalytic parable. Organized by the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. Curated by William Jeffett. . Located next to the University of South Florida Bayboro Campus at 1000 Third Street South, houses a comprehensive collection of the Spanish artist's works, Dating from 1914-80, Dali's paintings range from small impressionistic works to gigantic surrealistic montages. Sculptures and other objects illustrate Dali's artistic diversity.

 

Surrealism/Transrealism/Magic Realism

This is what I like so this is what you get. My opinions are dropped in where you don't want it but you'll like the links.

The Fantastic Art Centre is a non-profit project established by Christian De Boeck in 1977. The aim, mission and purpose of the Fantastic Art Centre is:
1. To be the definitive internationally recognised information database/resource on fantastic/surreal/visionary art. The database will eventually contain documentation on some 4000 artists from the Renaissance to the present whose work merits their inclusion.
2. To publish a comprehensive book on fantastic art which will include an exhaustive dictionary of artists including a concise bio- and complete bibio-/filmography.

Includes the following links:
Fantastic Art Links
Surrealist resources and links : International in orientation. (pretty cool. definitely worth a look)

Surrealism: a short essay on surrealism. Short blurb and images on the following artists: Max Ernst (okay, innovative), Magritte (cool), Salvador Dali (full of himself, contrived but I admit I like parodies of his work), R emedios Varo (wonderful, she takes you in and opens you up), Frida Kahlo (well-known, defined as a surrealist but refused the label, maybe more of a magical realist), Leonora Carrington (wonderful, myths bleed into life)

Art History on Surrealism: Lots of essays and images on surrealism. Includes a link directly to the famous groundwork by André Breton, "What is Surrealism?" Problem is very chauvinists: only lists the guys as painters.

Guggenheim on Surrealism. Without Peggy Guggenheim, we may not have come to know many of those artists featured. Much as I appreciate her efforts, the surrealist section at the museum website only features the guys so there are a few holes there. However, the artists in the artist section includes modern surrealists featured in the MIT Mirror show: Louise Bourgeois, Faith Ringgold (she's not a surrealist but I like her quilts and narratives), Cindy Sherman

ArtLex on Surrealism: Another dictionary type entry on surrealism with links to various artists. Several links are out of date and the blinking ad is irritating. Has a number images of images by various artists but ignores the women artists working in surrealism at that time. Images by James Ensor, Marc Chagall , Max Ernst , Joan Miro, Alberto Giacometti, Escher, Magritte , Tanguy, Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dali , Peter Blume, Alfred Pellan , Louise Bourgeois (okay, included one woman but that was all), Matta. A few links.

surrealism.co.uk. The Brits strike again. an international community of more than 70 living artists worldwide.

now Surreal. A site for the expression of your ideas, the collaboration of artwork projects and the exhibition of surrealist artwork. Also you can exhibit your artwork and fiction.

Retif´s Art Index: Artists : Painting : Surrealism: Links on artists, mostly still living as far as I can see.

The New Surrealism. Contemporary artists and web essays on surrealism.

SuRrEaLiSm's Journal. A web journal. The idea has potential but it's way too close to reality to be called surrealism.

Walter Benjamin, Surrealism and Photography. A paper by Rajeev S. Patke presented at Workshop on "Literature as Revolt in Twentieth Century Europe", 17 August 1998, The University of Haifa, Israel (6th ISSEI Conference)]

igram salon. "A group of artists headed by Ellen Sandor from (art)n Laboratory, and Dana Plepys from the Electronic Visualization Laboratory, have created an artistically empowering aperture that offers artists an exciting way to explore synthetic worlds through a virtual photographic eye,,,Inspired by Man Ray and the Surrealists, who were known for using photography to record their fabricated worlds, this new direction celebrates the evolution of photography". The Salon includes images by the surrealists as well as modern works by the collaborators. (pretty cool)

The american museum of photography has several surrealist choices:

Italo Calvino: Cybernetics and Ghosts by David C. Weichert. I love the title

Yahoo's links on Dada and Surrealism

Dada and Surrealism: Reports from the Unconscious, Excerpted from the book Women Artists.

Transrealism Definitions

I thought I coined a new term to define my work as surreal seemed insufficient only to find out others have used it for two decades. There seems to be two other definitions: a genre within sci-fi/cyberpunk literature by Rudy Rucker and an visual art genre from Russia although some of those artists from that group may have immigrated and now reside in other countries.

Yuri and Nathan Brusovany on transrealism in their work

Rudy Rucker , writer, one of the founders of cyberpunk. I still haven't read his sci-fi work but he started using the word transrealism in the 80's. I found out about him when someone asked me if my definition of transrealim matched his. He's on my "to read" list but haven't had time as yet. Here are a few more links for those doing research on him: his own bio, where he states: "As my own alternative to cyberpunk, I also developed a style of writing which I call transrealism. The essence of transrealism is to write about one's real life in fantastic terms."; TWO CYBERPUNKS: STERLING & RUCKER by John Shirley; FICTION THAT BLEEDS TRUTH by Jon Lebkowsky. He became a mathematician but continued as a writer.

CYBER NOODLE SOUP. I like the title so I put it here but more like cyberpunk.

My definition of transrealism to describe my work and others that I feel are working in a certain style

Modern surrealists, transrealists (alphabetically)

Dolores Bermak, photographer, USA

Daniel Boyle USA

Yuri and Nathan Brusovany , painter/photographer, Russia?. Also at PaintBrush.net

John W. Diehl, photographer, USA

Cliff Finity, painter, USA

Karl Franklin, painter, USA

Amy E. Fraser, painter, USA

Mikhail J. Ilin , painter, Russian

Richard Jue, painter, USA

me-Nakazato LaFreniere, photographer & digital, USA

Alexander Shteynberg, painter, Ukraine.

Cynthia Tom, painter, USA

Pablo Weisz-Carrington, painter, USA

Zazie, Vivid Surrealism, digital, animated, USA

General Art sites

Artcyclopedia: An art search engine

Art 420.2: Issues in Women's Art: List of Artists Discussed: many names and a few links.

Women Artists in history

Course: Dada and Surrealist film. A good mix of reading list and films.

Women Studies, art

Sci-fi, surrealist literature

 

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