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Publisher Comments:

"With its unprecedented depth and range, this massive new history of Surrealism from veteran French philosopher and art critic Durozoi will be the one-volume standard for years to come. . . . The book discusses expertly the main surrealist artists like Jean Arp, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Yves Tanguy, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró, but also treats with considerable understanding the surrealist writing by Louis Aragon, Paul Eluard, Robert Desnos, Julien Graçq and, of course, the so-called 'Pope of Surrealism,' André Breton. . . . This book should turn up in all serious collections on 20th century art."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

From Dada to the Automatists, and from Max Ernst to André Breton, Gérard Durozoi here provides the most comprehensive history of the Surrealist movement. Tracing the movement from its origins in the 1920s to its decline in the 1950s and 1960s, Durozoi tells the history of Surrealism through its activities, publications, and reviews, demonstrating its close ties to some of the most explosive political, as well as creative, debates of the twentieth century.

Drawing on a staggering amount of documentary and visual evidence—including 1,000 photos—Durozoi illuminates all the intellectual and artistic facets of the movement, from literature and philosophy to painting, photography, and film, thus making History of the Surrealist Movement its definitive encyclopedia.

Synopsis:

From Dada to the Automatists, and from Max Ernst to André Breton, Gérard Durozoi here provides the most comprehensive history of the Surrealist movement. Tracing the movement from its origins in the 1920s to its decline in the 1950s and 1960s, Durozoi tells the history of Surrealism through its activities, publications, and reviews, demonstrating its close ties to some of the most explosive political, as well as creative, debates of the twentieth century.

Drawing on a staggering amount of documentary and visual evidence—including 1,000 photos—Durozoi illuminates all the intellectual and artistic facets of the movement, from literature and philosophy to painting, photography, and film, thus making History of the Surrealist Movement its definitive encyclopedia.

About the Author

Gérard Durozoi is coauthor, with Berdanrd Lecherbonnier, of the books, André Breton: L'Écriture surréaliste and Le Surréalisme: Théories, thèmes, techniques and the editor of Dictionnaire de l'art moderne et contemporain and Dictionnaire de philosophie. During the 1950s and 1960s he ws closely affiliated, as a philosopher, with the Surrealist movement. Alison Anderson holds a degree in translation fromthe University of Geneva, Switzerland. She has translated extensively from French and is also a novelist.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE

1919-1924 "Get Ready for Some Fine Explosions . . ."

Littérature

From Jacques Vaché to Tristan Tzara

Picabia Enters the Scene

Dada in Paris

1920: The First Glorious Feats

Ambiguous Recognition

1921: New Offensives

The First Max Ernst Exhibition in Paris

"The Barrès Trial"

The Arrival of Man Ray

Failure of the "Paris Conference"

Littérature at a Distance from Dada

Sleeping Fits

Which Meeting, and for Which Friends?

Last Dadaist Fireworks

Tension and Waiting

CHAPTER TWO

1924-1929 Salvation for Us Is Nowhere

The Surrealist Manifesto

A Cadaver

La Révolution surréaliste

Artaud's Influence

Homage to Saint-Pol Roux

Affirmation of Pictorial Surrealism: Priority to Picasso

De Chirico

Ernst, Man Ray, Masson

Miró

The Surrealist Gallery and Publications

Yves Tanguy, Jean Arp

The Political Question

La Guerre civile

Pierre Naville: Légitime défense

Disappointing Enrollment in the Communist Party

In Belgium

Magritte

Love

The Struggle against Dominant Values

Surrealist Paris

Meeting at the rue du Château

"Surrealism in 1929"

The Discovery of Dalí: Ernst's Romans-collages

CHAPTER THREE

1929-1937 "Elephants Are Contagious"

The Second Surrealist Manifesto

Shared Writing

Surrealism in the Service of the Revolution

"La Peinture au défi"

Lâge d'or

Dalí and the Paranoiac-Critical

Anticolonial Struggle

Surrealist Objects

The Aragon Affair

The AEAR: Political Collaboration and Autonomous Research

Minotaure

The Supremacy of Picasso

Political Initiatives in 1934

New Propositions

In Belgium

Internationalization

Break with the AEAR

Contre-Attaque

The London International Surrealist Exhibition

Impact of the Spanish Civil War

The Moscow "Trials"

The Galerie Gradiva

"The Guaranteed Surrealist Postcard"

Japan

Recognition to Jarry

CHAPTER FOUR

1938-1944 "During the Sordid Years'

The Concise Dictionary of Surrealism

Criticism and Its Clichés

Breton in Mexico

For an Independent Revolutionary Art

Constitution and Failure of the FIARI

Trajectoire du rêve

Nicolas Calas: Foyers d'incendie

Dreams in the News

News from Mexico

Latest Trends in Surrealist Painting

Going beyond the Three Dimensions

International Exhibition in Mexico City

Marseille

The Permanence and Pertinence of Black Humor

The Antilles

New York

VVV

The Problematic of the Myth: The Great Transparencies

First Papers of Surrealism

"Art of This Century": The Beginnings of Abstract Expressionism

Arshile Gorky

Péret Takes the Floor

Tensions

Latin America

In France

La Main à Plume

In England

In Belgium

CHAPTER FIVE

1944-1951 "Freedom, My Only Pirate"

The Salon d'Automne

Le Déshonneur des poètes

Dialectic of Dialectics

For a Lack of Anything Better

An Exhibition in Brussels

Breton's Return

Politics at a Distance

Surrealism in 1947

The War Years in Czechoslovakia

Néon

Internationalist Policy

la niche les glapisseurs de Dieu!

The Automatists

Art Brut

Surrealist Solution(s)

Almanach surréaliste du demi-siècle

CHAPTER SIX

1951-1959 Commitment, That Ignoble Word

The Carrouges Affair

Julien Gracq Refuses the Prix Goncourt

Film Enthusiasts

Different Places to Speak Out

Le Libertaire's "Billets surréalistes"

Camus and Rebellion

Offensive against Socialist Realism

Diffusion or Disappearance?

New Artistic Ideas

Charles Estienne's Contributions

"Phases": Group and Periodical

From Gallic Art to Magic Art

Among the "Classics"

Médium; le surréalisme, même; Bief

Political Vigilance

CHAPTER SEVEN

1959-1969 "Ideas Crackling with Images"

EROS

The Manifesto of the 121

The Mostra Internazionale in Milan

La Brèche

Inadequacies of Pop Art

Defending Duchamp

L'écart absolu

Against Planetary Consumption

The Windows of Refusal

The Trajectory of Refusal

"Readymade" Reviews

The Cerisy Décade

André Breton's Death and Debate over the Continuation of Group Activity

L'Archibras

The Cuban Temptation and May 1968

The Prague Platform

Le Quatrième Chant

Reaction to Le Quatrième Chant; the Bulletin de liaison surréaliste, Coupure

Now and Beyond

Notes on the Principal Surrealists and Some of Their Close Followers

Notes

Bibliography

Index of Names

Index of Periodicals

Illustration Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226174129
Translator:
Anderson, Alison
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Translator:
Anderson, Alison
Author:
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Author:
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Author:
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Author:
Durozoi, Gerard
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Anderson, Alison
Author:
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Location:
Chicago
Subject:
History
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Art, modern
Subject:
Arts, Modern
Subject:
Surrealism
Subject:
History - Surrealism
Subject:
History - Surrealism & Dadaism
Subject:
Arts, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Surrealism -- History.
Subject:
Art-Surrealism
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 183
Publication Date:
20051231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
232 color plates, 777 halftones
Pages:
816
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in

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From Dada to the Automatists, and from Max Ernst to André Breton, Gérard Durozoi here provides the most comprehensive history of the Surrealist movement. Tracing the movement from its origins in the 1920s to its decline in the 1950s and 1960s, Durozoi tells the history of Surrealism through its activities, publications, and reviews, demonstrating its close ties to some of the most explosive political, as well as creative, debates of the twentieth century.

Drawing on a staggering amount of documentary and visual evidence—including 1,000 photos—Durozoi illuminates all the intellectual and artistic facets of the movement, from literature and philosophy to painting, photography, and film, thus making History of the Surrealist Movement its definitive encyclopedia.

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