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Drawing Surrealism was written by Leslie Jones, with essays by Isabelle Dervaux, and Susan Laxton
Drawing, often considered a minor art, was central to Surrealism from the very beginning. Automatic drawing, exquisite cadavers, and frottage are just a few of the techniques invented by Surrealists as means to tap into the subconscious realm. While previous books have examined the connection between drawings and Surrealist paintings, Drawing Surrealism, which accompanies a major exhibition organized by LACMA, is the first to recognize the medium as a fundamental form of Surrealist expression, and to explore its impact on other media. Works of collage, photography, and even painting are presented in the context of drawing as a metaphor for innovation and experimentation.
This book includes works by approximately 100 artists and includes a substantial historical essay and illustrated chronology. It also encompasses the contributions of a wide array of artists on a global scale - from the great figures in surrealist history to lesser-known surrealists from Japan, central Europe and the Americas, where the movement had profound and lasting effects on the arts.
Leslie Jones is Curator of Prints and Drawings at LACMA. Isabelle Dervaux is the Acquavella Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawing at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York. Susan Laxton is Assistant Professor of the History of Art at the University of California, Riverside, specializing in the European avant-garde and the history of photography.
- 244 pages, 12 x 9-3/4 x 1-1/8 inches
- Over 200 illustrations reproduced in color