Le Surrealisme c'est moi!: Hommage to Salvador Dali

Edited by Gerald A. Matt
312 pages
Color illustrations
9 x 6.5 inches

More than almost any other artist of the twentieth century, Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) blurred the distinctions between art and life and between art and commerce. Dalí packaged himself as a mass-media experience that impressed even Andy Warhol, who once said of him, “It’s like being with royalty or circus people.” Yet in spite of his fame, Dalí’s legacy is rarely considered. “Le Surrealisme, c’est moi!” was one of Dalí’s most famous self-aggrandizing statements, and it serves as an apt title for this luxuriously produced, faux-leather-bound catalog. The ongoing influence of Dalí’s art is traced through subsequent generations, from Louise Bourgeois, Philippe Halsman, and Andy Warhol to Jean-Michel Othoniel, Eric Schaal, Glenn Brown, Markus Schinwald, and Francesco Vezzoli. Their works are juxtaposed with a selection of some seventy paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Dalí.