Pop Surrealism

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Press: The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (February 2, 1999)
Publication Date:1998
Author Name:Dominique Nahas


Description: Pop Surrealism highlights the recent explosion of pop-influenced surrealist art from an emerging generation of artists and a few key senior figures who have influenced their work. 
Designed in a special pocket format, this intriguing book offers a primer on the confluence of pop and surrealist iconography, and features work by over seventy artists, including Gregory Crewdson, Mariko Mori, Ashley Bickerton, Art Spiegelman, Tony Oursler, and Cindy Sherman.
The book's informative essays consider such varied topics as the relation between comics and surrealism, Hollywood and surrealism, and the image of the grotesque body.
Reviewing the exhibition for ArtForum, Steven Henry Madoff wrote: "The mutant sensibility at work in this droll, smartly curated exhibition proposes the marriage of Surrealism's dream-laden fetish for the body eroticized and grotesque and Pop art's celebration of the shallower, corrosively bright world given over the packaged good."


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  •     I very much enjoyed seeing this catalog. I only wish I had been in the country when the actual exhibit that took place in Connecticut. This book is small, but charming and the images showed a good overview of what had been just before the current massurrealist era that is now. Building upon the theme of mass-media & surrealism, Pop Surrealism showcased established artists works (in decent quality reproductions), and is a must for anyone's collection of contemporary art publications.
  •     This book looks at the first use of pop surrealism in a show at a museum in California. It has wonderful essays on cartoons and abnormal bodies as characteristic of this movement. Really great if you want to see where and how this all started. FYI. It's a small format book and while it has images its really about the essays if you ask me.

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