Anxious Visions: Surrealist Art


Filled with forebodings of fascism, surrealist artists between the two world wars explored the dynamics between life and death. Rejecting Western ideals of a single truth, universal order or progress, they upset the polarizing we/they mentality that WW I had promoted, writes Sidra Stich, a chief curator at the University Art Museum at UC Berkeley. This amply illustrated exhibition catalogue places a range of surrealist works in historical context. Surrealism is presented as a barometer that responded to many forces, including the semi-liberated new woman of the 1920s, black literature and music in interwar Paris, the arts of Asia, Oceania and prehistoric cultures, and the films of Chaplin, Eisenstein, and Bunuel. Berkeley Museum, 1990 9.5 x 11.5 inches, 264 pp., color illustrations Softcover, ISBN 978-1558591097

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