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"[A] strange book, sketchy but unforgettable, tendentious but instructive....In linking pictures by Man Ray, Duchamp, and Copley, the authors have made us think anew about art and murder. And here's the rub: the intellectual daring of such pictures cannot quite be separated from a torturer's coolness....Exquisite Corpse creeps up on you: if you have the patience to let its leaves fall, eventually an autumnal mood gathers." David Thomson, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review

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Bridging the worlds of high art and true crime, Exquisite Corpse presents a unique perspective on the most notorious unsolved murder case of the twentieth century — the bizarre 1947 killing of Elizabeth Short, better known as the Black Dahlia murder.

Unlike previous books on the Black Dahlia, Exquisite Corpse provides a detailed and compelling explanation for the unusual nature of this gruesome killing. Exquisite Corpse reveals, through visual comparisons and historical research, what seem to be profound connections between surrealist art and the Black Dahlia case-both before and after the murder. The evidence includes startling crime-scene and autopsy photographs of Elizabeth Short, rarely seen photographs by Man Ray, and surprising comparisons with a wide range of surrealist artworks. A "web of connections" indicates a direct link or one degree of separation between the alleged killer and a host of influential people in the arts and film industry in Los Angeles in the 1930s and 40s. A timeline provides a revealing chronology of events surrounding the murder.

Exquisite Corpse is a must-read for anyone interested in true crime, art history, Hollywood noir, and the infamous Black Dahlia case.

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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.

About the Author

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

Mark Nelson, is the design director of Anthony McCall Associates in New York City, where he designs books for prominent museums, galleries, and artists. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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lisa_emily, October 23, 2006 (view all comments by lisa_emily)
Honestly, I never really knew much about the Black Dahlia murder until I read the review of this book in late Sept. I became fascinated by the book, since I had studied Surrealism, with many different angles, as an art history student. This connection of surrealism to a murder was a radically strange approach for me.

It is irrelevant whether or not they solve the murder by the end of this book.
I appreciated the analysis connecting the Short's sadly fragmented body with the often grotesque female body depicted by surrealist artists. Nelson & Bayliss do a pretty good job of discussing this horrific crime without dipping into crass sensationalism (which would have been easy to do with all the Black Dahlia interest now- with the movie et all.). The writers stay focused in presenting coherent and cogent art evidence to back up their claim. They discussed art works that are not very known, showing the depth of their research. The chapter on the art world connections with Hollywood insiders could be a book in of itself.

Overall, the book was an engrossing and nimble read; perfect for a couple of quiet evenings with a glass of wine.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780821258194
Subtitle:
Surrealism and the Black Dahlia Murder
Author:
Mark Nelson and Sarah Hudson Bayliss
Author:
Bayliss, Sarah Hudson
Author:
Nelson, Mark
Author:
Bayliss, Sarah
Publisher:
Bulfinch Press
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Surrealism
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
History - Surrealism & Dadaism
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 18, 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
191
Dimensions:
10.38x8.42x.88 in. 2.27 lbs.

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Product details 191 pages Bulfinch Press - English 9780821258194 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "[A] strange book, sketchy but unforgettable, tendentious but instructive....In linking pictures by Man Ray, Duchamp, and Copley, the authors have made us think anew about art and murder. And here's the rub: the intellectual daring of such pictures cannot quite be separated from a torturer's coolness....Exquisite Corpse creeps up on you: if you have the patience to let its leaves fall, eventually an autumnal mood gathers." David Thomson, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review
"Synopsis" by , 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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