Desire was one of the defining themes of surrealism. Influenced by the Freudian notion that sexual instincts were fundamental to the development of the psyche, the surrealists saw desire as a path to self-knowledge. Published to accompany the exhibition of international surrealism held at Tate Modern, summer 2001, this title features essays that are intended to provide a wide-ranging exploration of the theme of surrealism and desire. Key works by artists such as Duchamp, Magritte, Ernst, Dali, de Chirico, Giocometti, Bellmer, Claude Cahun, and Dorothea Tanning are illustrated and discussed, as well as surrealist films and books, and photographs by Man Ray, Brassai and others.
1 Surrealism: Desire Unbound Jennifer Mundy 2 Unstable Identities Dawn Ades 3 Desire and Psychoanalysis David Lomas 4 Encounters Julia Kelly 5 Poetry of Desire Katharine Conley 6 Lives and Loves Dawn Ades and Jennifer Mundy 7 Love Books Vincent Gille 8 Desire and Photography Hal Foster 9 Filming Desire Dawn Ades 10 The Boundaries of Desire Neil Cox 11 Pornography Carolyn Dean 12 Staging Desire Alyce Mahon 13 Desire and Liberty Annie Le Brun