Taking the reader on a narrative journey through the history of Surrealism, this book is a digestible introduction to the movement's key figures, their works and where to find them.
Surrealism aims to revolutionise human experience. It balances a rational vision of life with one that asserts the power of the unconscious and dreams. The movement’s artists find magic and strange beauty in the unexpected and the uncanny, the disregarded and the unconventional. At the core of their work is the willingness to challenge imposed values and norms, and a search for freedom.
Complete with a glossary of key terms and chronology, this is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in learning about this most influential of art phenomena.
Amy Dempsey is an art historian and author who studied under Rosalind Krauss at Hunter College in New York and received her doctorate from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Dempsey has written for various London museums and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.