Undercover Surrealism

Undercover Surrealism

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In the Paris art world of the 1920s, Georges Bataille and his radical journal DOCUMENTS represented a dissident branch of surrealism. Published in 1929 and 1930, Bataille—poet, philosopher, writer, and self-styled "enemy within" surrealism—used DOCUMENTS to put art into violent confrontation with popular culture, ethnography, film, and archaeology. 

Taking the visual richness of DOCUMENTS as its starting point, Undercover Surrealism recovers the explosive and vital intellectual context of works by Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Giacometti, and others. Featuring 180 color images and translations of original texts from DOCUMENTS accompanied by essays and shorter descriptive texts, Undercover Surrealism recreates and recontextualizes Bataille's still unsettling approach to culture.

272 pages
27x 21 cm
180 illustrations
ISBN: 9781853322501
RRP £27.99

2006 The Art Newspaper & AXA Award Catalogue of the Year

Dawn Ades is the author of a number of books on dada, surrealism, and related topics, including Dada and Surrealism Reviewed, Photomontage, and Salvador Dalí. She is Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Board Centre for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacies at the University of Essex.


Simon Baker is Lecturer in Art History at The University of Nottingham and a member of the editorial group of the Oxford Art Journal.

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