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Most popular Art & design styles: Surrealism & Dada books

The most popular Art & design styles: Surrealism & Dada books currently available. Updated weekly.
Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington
A personal biography of Leonora Carrington, the debutante who ran away to Mexico and became one of the world's most significant surrealist artists.
In Montparnasse: The Emergence of Surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali
From soft watches to burning giraffes, this book celebrates the fantastical world and flamboyant personality of Salvador Dali, one of the most visionary and prolific artists of the 20th century. In equal parts provoking, eccentric, and technically skilled, Dali's provocative work, and his controversial persona, revolutionized the concept of the...
Dada: Art and Anti-Art
As a member of the first Dada group in Zurich during the First World War, the author was in a unique position to tell its history. In this book, he draws together not only important historical documents but the testimonies of friends, such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Raoul Hausmann.
Dali. Les diners de Gala
Ever heard of surrealist fine dining? This must-have reprint of Les diners de Gala reveals the exotic flavors and elaborate imaginings behind the legendary dinner parties of Salvador and Gala Dali. With recipes from such leading Paris restaurants as La Tour d'Argent and Maxim's, a special section on aphrodisia, and bespoke illustrations from...
Age of Light
Model. Muse. Lover. Artist. This sweeping debut novel is based on the true story of Lee Miller's journey to become an artist and her lover affair with Man Ray in bohemian 1930s Paris.
A concise and gripping encounter with Francis Bacon, one of the most individual, powerful, and disturbing painters of the 20th century. Emerging into notoriety in the period following World War II, Bacon developed a unique figurative form, distorted, dismembered, and writhing with intense emotional content.
Explore the lyrical seven-decade career of Catalan-born Joan Miro, a towering figure of 20th-century art, whose highly individual style reflected Surrealist, Dadaist, and abstract elements in dazzling colors and unique symbolic narratives. From automated drawing to sculptures made of gas, this modernist legend abandoned categorization and...
Small, smart, essential - an incisive overview of Surrealism, introducing the movement's key artists and capturing its essential and enduring concepts.
Lives of the Surrealists
Life histories of the Surrealists, known and unknown, by one of the last surviving members of the movement--artist and best-selling author Desmond Morris
Dada Bodies: Between Battlefield and Fairground
A comprehensive study of Dada's images of the body in various media and geographical centres. Mask or machine-part, grotesque or iconoclastic, the bodily image is confronted as both a reflection of and on the disjunctive, dehumanised society of wartime and post-war Europe, and a blueprint of the New Man. -- .
Dali. The Paintings
An essential overview of Salvador Dali's mind-melting ideas and seismic art historical impact, this compact publication reviews the master of Surrealism's complete paintings, supplemented with sketches and ephemera. Presented by Robert Descharnes and Gilles Neret, many of these works have rarely been seen before but epitomize Dali's depictions...
Frida Kahlo Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)
Now regarded as a feminist and LGBT icon, as well as a key artist during the twentieth century, this calendar celebrates Frida Kahlo's life with beautiful portraits alongside her famous quotes about life and art. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next months views.
Manifestoes of Surrealism
Presents the essential ideas of the founder of French surrealism
After an initially guarded response from the critics, the work was rapidly reevaluated and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play the following year. Set in London and Venice the play has an innovative chronology that opens at the end of an affair and works its way backwards over nine years, from 1977 to 1968.
Militant Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism
A beautifully written and elegantly constructed narrative that explores the intense, complex and far-reaching female friendships among the Surrealists during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
Semaine de Bonte: A Surrealistic Novel in Collage
When is a urinal no longer a urinal? When Marcel Duchamp declared it to be art. From his infamous Fountain to reworked Mona Lisa with mustache and beard, this essential introduction to Duchamp surveys his audacious practice of "readymades" and beyond and its critical place in 20th-century art.
With his frenetic compositions and spontaneous approach, Franz Marc was cofounder of Der Blaue Reiter and a pioneer of German Expressionism. He drew inspirations from masters like van Gogh and Picasso to galvanize a new vocabulary of form and color, setting an artistic standard that would flourish for decades. In this essential introduction, we...
Paul Nash Masterpieces of Art
Paul Nash, the British landscape and Surrealist painter, lived through both the First and Second World Wars. His depictions of these human catastrophes, with their damaged landscapes and broken machinery are much remembered today. This new book offers 100 powerful images, with an introduction to his life and art.
Salvador Dali: Coloring Book
An activity book that allows young artists to explore the crazy world of Salvador Dali. It offers plenty of space to colour outside the lines, and is also designed to give children an early interest in some of the great masters. It includes sections of Dali's masterpieces to inspire children's creativity, whatever their age.
Surrealism: 50 Works of Art You Should Know
This accessible book on the Surrealist art movement features paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, film stills, and architecture, displaying the enormous breadth and variety of Surrealism.
Dali: the Reality of Dreams
Now available again, this fascinating look at Dali explores the forces that shaped the life and works of one of the modern art world's most inscrutable and misunderstood figures.
This is Magritte
Belgian artist Rene Magritte's life is infused with bizarre moments: a surreal journey oscillating between fact and fiction that he always conducted as the straight-faced bowler-hatted man. He would shape his own life story to be its own surreal work of art. This book tells his story.
Salvador Dali at Home
Salvador Dali at Home explores the profound influence of Catalan culture and tradition, Dali's home life and loves, and the places he lived on his extraordinary creative output.
Fictions of Arthur Cravan: Poetry, Boxing and Revolution
The first comprehensive English-language account and critical reading of the legendary poet and boxer Arthur Cravan, a fleeting figure on the periphery of early twentieth-century European avant-gardism. -- .
Dali's Mustache
Surrealism is an art movement, dedicated to expressing the imagination as revealed in dreams, free of the conscious control of reason and convention. Surrealism inherited its anti-rationalist sensibility from Dada, but was lighter in spirit than that movement. Like Dada, it was shaped by theories on our perception of reality.
Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
The first major collection of poetry written in English by the flabbergasting and flamboyant Baroness Elsa, "the first American Dada."
Magritte: The Treachery of Images
This major new book on Rene Magritte offers fresh interpretations of the artist's use of symbols and imagery to articulate his particular brand of surrealism.
Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington
A personal biography of Leonora Carrington, the debutante who ran away to Mexico and became one of the world's most significant surrealist artists.
Leonora Carrington and the International Avant-Garde
The first comprehensive examination of Leonora Carrington (1917-2011), a major twentieth-century writer and multi-media artist. It offers an interdisciplinary exploration of the intellectual, literary, and artistic currents that animate her relationships with avant-garde movements throughout the Western Hemisphere. -- .
Chasm: A Weekend
Chasm is the only novel by Dorothea Tanning, the famed surrealist artist, and was published when she was 93 years old.
Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics
An investigation of the irrational and the unconventional currents swirling behind the Bauhaus's signature sleek surfaces and austere structures.
Dada and Surrealist Film
This groundbreaking collection of thirteen original essays analyzes connections between film and two highly influential twentieth-century movements.
Max Ernst and Alchemy: A Magician in Search of Myth
Surrealist artist Max Ernst defined collage as the 'alchemy of the visual image'. This book demonstrates that the artist had a profound and abiding interest in alchemical philosophy and often used alchemical symbolism in works created throughout his career. It helps you understand a multilayered complexity of Ernst's works.
Revolution of the Mind: The Life of Andre Breton
Duchamp Dictionary
Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) has entered mainstream culture as one of the founding fathers of modern art. This book explores the artist's life and work. It features more than 200 entries on the interesting and important artworks, relationships, people and ideas in Duchamp's life.
de Chirico: The Song of Love
Eminent scholar Rudolf Kuenzli presents a rich selection of the Dadas' experimental visual and literary works to give a lively, accessible and comprehensive assessment.
Marcel Duchamp: In the Infinitive
Russian Dada 1914-1924
A lavishly illustrated volume that views Russian avant-garde art through the lens of Dada.
Short Survey of Surrealism
Presents a comprehensive work on Surrealism.
What is Surrealism?: Selected Writings
Surrealist Women: An International Anthology
Beginning in Paris in the 1920s, women poets, essayists, painters, and artists in other media have actively collaborated in defining and refining surrealism's basic project - achieving a higher, open, and dynamic consciousness. This anthology displays the range and significance of women's contributions to surrealism.
Ithell Colquhoun: Pioneer Surrealist Artist, Occultist, Writer, & Poet
This Is Not a Pipe
What does it mean to write "This is not a pipe" across a bluntly literal painting of a pipe? By exploring the nuances and ambiguities of Magritte's visual critique of language, the author finds the painter less removed than previously thought from the pioneers of modern abstraction.
Drawing Surrealism
This expansive and informative book on surrealist drawing reveals drawing to be a fundamental medium of surrealist expression.
Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art
The paperback edition of a milestone work that has been unavailable for several years, documenting the short but influential life of Black Mountain College.
Pictorial Nominalism: On Marcel Duchamp's Passage from Painting to the Readymade
Reveals the invention of the readymade as a critical point in contemporary art. Arguing that the readymade belongs to that moment in the history of painting when both figuration and the practice of painting become "impossible," this book presents a psychoanalytically informed account of the birth of abstraction.