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Surrealism and the Visual Arts : Theory and Reception - Kim Grant

Surrealism and the Visual Arts

Theory and Reception

By: Kim Grant

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Published: 28th March 2005
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This study traces the development of Surrealist theory of visual art and its reception, from the birth of Surrealism to its institutionalization in the mid-1930s. Situating Surrealist art theory in its theoretical and discursive contexts, Kim Grant demonstrates the complex interplay between Surrealism and the critical expectations of contemporaries. She examines the challenge to Surrealist art raised by the magazine Cahiers d'Art, which promoted a group of young painters dedicated to a liberated and poetic painting process that was in keeping with the formalist evolution of modern art. Grant also discusses the centrality of visual art in Surrealism as a material manifestation of poetry; the significance of poetry in French theories of modern art; and the difficulties faced by an avant-garde movement at a time when contemporary audiences expected revolutionary innovation.

"Surrealism and the Visual Arts is an excellently researched companion through this hectic journey." The Art Book, Robert Radford, University of East Anglia

Poetry in the Theory and Criticism of Modern Painting in France
The tradition of poetry and lyricism in French art criticism
Modern painting as poetic language
The discovery of lyricism
Andre Breton and modern art
Establishing a Surrealist Visual Art
Defining Surrealism
Defining Surrealist visual art
Surrealism and painting I: the foundation of Surrealist art
La Peinture Surrealiste: the presentation of Surrealist art and its reception
Surrealism and painting II: materialism and morality
The Threat of Surrealist Art
Initiating the challenge
Surrealism and painting III: avoiding automatism
Appropriating automatism
Realism and Surrealism
Poetry Made Concrete
Defying painting
Remaking reality
Automatic style
Conclusion: Surrealism as an institution
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ISBN: 9780521836555
ISBN-10: 0521836557
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 28th March 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.94