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i cannot believe i found this book! 1936 book on Surrealism / Dada by Julien Levy - a book designed by Joseph Cornell

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Art and Design Books117 of 131Surrealism by Julien Levy - 1936 book designed by Joseph Cornell - 1500 copiesmy best book find from Urban Ore in Berkeley today!
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    while my friends were into the Celtics, Patriots and starsky and hutch, i was reading books about botany and modern art history, Marcel Duchamp and the dadaists, and watching strange flicks by Salvador Dali - where huge, black ants streamed out of a hole in someone's hand by the hundreds. I've found a few things over the years, but only very rarely. i know that works like this book are extremely rare. in 1936, there probably weren't more than 1000-2000 people in the country who had even heard of surrealism/dadaism. i found it last night at my favorite bookstore in san francisco - Forest Books on 16th st in the mission. the book is a surrealist explanation of surrealism / dadaism as told to americans through print, plays, film, paintings, drawings, spontaneous outbursts, poetry. The pages are colored - bright pink, yellow, green and white and all of the illustrations are wonderfully printed in black and white, many of them are of little known works by Magritte, Arp, Duchamp, Cheval, Atget, Breton, Bunuel, Cornell, Ernst, Giacometti, Dali, Ray, as well as a few i've never heard of. i'll post some more photos in another post. and the Marx Bros' Animal Crackers is mentioned as having been influenced by the movement. i'm very happy to have found this book - i can barely believe it!

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      Love the cover!

      "Once Levy decided to shift the gallery focus from photography, he launched the first of several group exhibitions featuring the Surrealists. This exhibition's key attraction was Dalí's The Persistence of Memory. Also on display were notable Surrealist pieces acquired by Levy during his years in Paris. Reportedly, It was at the Surrealism Paintings, Drawings and Photographs exhibition that Arshile Gorky saw something that fundamentally changed the way he made art for the remainder of his career. Interestingly, a similar incident occurred at the Julien Levy the previous year, when a young Joseph Cornell visited the gallery. After viewing a collection of collages by Max Ernst, Cornell was struck with an epiphany and immediately went home to construct a series of his own collages. Some of those very works were later featured in the Surrealism Paintings.. exhibition."

      I'm off to see the Eugene Atget "old Paris" exhibition here in Sydney this week.

      Thanks for this post.

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