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July 10, 2008



I saw this show in LA some months back, primarily for the films, tho many of his most famous paintings were on display as well. "Un Chien Andalou" and the Disney film "Destino" are great, well worth seeing, but I'd say you can skip the too long and boring "L’Age d’or" ("L’Age d’bore?"), tho it does have a few striking images.


British writer J.G. Ballard, author of one of the most transgressive novels ever published, CRASH, (the Cronenberg film was but an icy shadow of the fever dream of Ballard's book), has long admired Dali, and has stated that we are too superficially familiar with Dali's paintings through seeing them in reproduction to the point where we really fail to see them for their true achievement, for their unparalleled depiction of psychological space. He also considers Dali a brilliant writer, and his AUTOBIOGRAPHY a masterpiece.

I don't know that I can marshall quite the enthusiasm for Dali's work as Ballard, but he makes a good case for Dali--despite his celebrity--as an undervalued genius of art.

Dale Hazelton

I went to the Dali Museum when it was in Cleveland. What struck me about his work was the scale. You always saw these incredibly detailed images reproduced in texts and imagined they were huge. More often the original paintings were smaller than the reproductions in the book! He must have painted with a mustache hair!

One of my favorite posessions is a Dali designed cravat I got at a Brooklyn thrift shop.



I agree with the post that talked about the exhibit. I visited twice while it was in town and would go again if it were still here. To see the original Persistence of Memory in person is exciting. Your blog is a nice read.



I think that Dali's work conveyed a depth far greater than Magritte's and particularly Miro's, although I like all three, as well as Man Ray, very much. "The Hallucinogenic Toreador" is one of the most impressive surrealist paintings around. He was incredibly skilled.

Also, I believe that Dali's eccentricities have probably done more good than harm to his reputation... at least among non-art scholars. To me, that facet of his public life seems to amplify, and not diminish, public awareness of his creativity. Interestingly enough, Dali developed a kind of camouflage for warships that is still in use today.

Thanks for the links. I haven't seen the 2004 documentary you mentioned, but I'll be sure to pick up a copy if I can.

Webhamster Henry

If you're interested in his technique and ideas about painting - as well as enjoying his blustery and fun prose style - look up
50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship
(Also in Google Books, but available from Dover books. )

Vic Perry

Oh, but let me put in a good word for L'Age D'or. One of my all-time favorite movies for sure.

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