The Dalí Renaissance New Perspectives on His Life and Art after 1940 Michael R. Taylor

Publication date:
28 Mar 2008
Philadelphia Museum Distribution
236 pages: 238 x 165mm
90 b-w illus.
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Perhaps the best-known artist of the international Surrealist movement, Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) transformed his dreams and personal obsessions into some of the most original and arresting images of the 20th century. While the Surrealist works from his early years are widely known and admired, Dalí’s controversial late works—often inspired by science and religion—have been given a different reception. In this important book, experts provide a revisionist account of the last five decades of the artist’s career.

The Dalí Renaissance explores a wide range of topics from this period, including the artist’s fascination with religion and popular culture, his "Nuclear Mysticism" lecture tour of the midwestern United States, and his influence on film, photography, design, and fashion. Based on an international symposium held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the volume also features an enlightening discussion between two of Dalí’s former companions, Ultra Violet and Amanda Lear, that provides a glimpse into his personal life and working methods.

Michael R. Taylor is The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and author of Thomas Chimes: Adventures in ’Pataphysics (Yale).



"The Dal¡ Renaissance offers new insights into the last five years of the artist's life and work. Includes analyses by a host of scholars as well as personal reminiscences of Dal¡'s companions."?Art Times

"It is highly unlikely that anything Michael Taylor puts his mind or name to will be anything but fascinating. Period. However that may be, this compilation of essays . . . goes past fascinating. . . . This illustrations are fabulous. . . . Taylor's introduction is a masterpiece of logical-headed and clear exposition."?Mary Ann Caws, Journal of Surrealism and the Americas