Tiny Surrealism

Tiny Surrealism

Salvador Dalí and the Aesthetics of the Small

Book - 2012
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"New light on both Dalí's well-known and little-studied works and his work as a response to modernism through a focus on Dalí's identification with the small and the marginal"-- Provided by publisher.
"Although one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century, Salvador Dali; has typically been considered no more than peripheral to the dominant practices of modernism. Roger Rothman's Tiny Surrealism argues that this marginal position itself should be examined as a coherent response to modernism. It demonstrates how Dali;'s practice was in fact organized around the logic of the small and the inconsequential and considers in this context Dali;'s identification not only with the literally small (ants, sewing needles, breadcrumbs, blackheads, etc.) but also with the metaphorically small (the trivial, the weak, the superficial, and the anachronistic). In addition to addressing Dali;'s imagery, Tiny Surrealism demonstrates that the logic of the minor and the marginal was a fundamental factor in Dali;'s adherence to the techniques of miniaturist illusionism; long derided as antimodernist and kitsch, Dali;'s style was itself a strategy of the small aimed at subverting the dominant values of modern painting. Dali; constructed his practice as a parasite on the body of modernism: a small but potentially virulent intruder. Because Dali; was a prolific and complex writer, Rothman makes extensive use of Dali;'s writings, both his public pronouncements and private correspondence. By attending to the peculiarities of Dali;'s technique and examining overlooked aspects of his writings, Tiny Surrealism is the first study to detail his deliberate subversio n of modernist orthodoxies."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Lincoln, Nebraska : University of Nebraska Press, [2012]
ISBN: 9780803280885
Branch Call Number: 709.2 DALI
Characteristics: xiv, 262 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm


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