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A Boatload of Madmen. Surrealism and the American Avant-Garde 1920-1950.
by (Surrealism) Tashjian, Dickran.

Publisher Information:
Thames and Hudson, New York: 1995.

A Fine tight copy in a Very Good plus unclipped dust jacket missing a small chip on the top edge of the rear panel. In 1932, against the troubled background of the Depression, the American art community had its first glimpse of the revolutionary art of the Surrealists. Combining a fascination for Freud's new symbolic language of dreams with a radical utopianism, the Parisian movement galvanized an emerging American avant-garde. New galleries opened to exhibit the terrifying, insane works of Surrealist artists, and new magazines sprang up to publish a startling crop of Surrealist poetry, criticism, and vociferous attacks on mainstream culture and politics.Four years later, a major Surrealist exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York catapulted Surrealism into the cultural limelight. This innovative and vividly written cultural history tells the story of Surrealism's remarkable sea change during its years in America, from a fiercely leftist, strongly literary avant-garde movement into an apolitical, almost exclusively visual style. Exploring both high and low cultural perspectives, Dickran Tashjian shows how the American avant-garde selectively filtered and reshaped European Surrealism to meet its own agendas.


Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition
Book Id: 25902

Price: $95.00

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