Absent mindedness about grapes: surrealism and contemporary art

Haynes, Douglas (2015) Absent mindedness about grapes: surrealism and contemporary art. Garage, 15.

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This article for fashion/art magazine considers the way Surrealism continues to influence contemporary art. I discuss how the ideas and practices of the Parisian avant-garde re-emerge, mostly consciously and deliberately, in artists like Urs Fischer, Sarah Lucas, Louise Bourgeois, Jeff Koons and others. I look especially at the use of black humour, on the subject of which Andre Breton once published a seminal anthology. Artists like Sarah Lucas and Louise Bourgeois use Surrealist black humour against itself, I argue, developing a feminist sensibility from Surrealism's misogyny, recovering female desire from the inert bodies of doll and mannequin artists Hans Bellmer and Andre Masson.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: surrealism, contemporary art, Breton, Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Lucas, Jeff Koons, Urs Fischer, Mike Kelley, Tony Oursler, feminism, humor, black humour
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N0061 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture > NB1135 General works
N Fine Arts > ND Painting > ND1130 General works
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Depositing User: Douglas Haynes
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2015 12:55
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 12:27
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56725
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