L'Amour Fou: Photography and Surrealism. Text by Rosalind Krauss & Jane Livingston with an essay by Dawn Ades. Images by numerous artists. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C./Abbeville Press, New York, 1985. 244 pp. First edition. Large quarto. Clothbound with photo-illustrated dust jacket. 236 black-and-white reproductions.
Until this groundbreaking exhibition, most of the erotic, disorienting, and exquisite Surrealist photographs of Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, André Breton, Brassaï, Salvador Dalí, André Kertész, and Hans Bellmer remained all but unknown. Traditional criticism has viewed Surrealist photography as a pale imitation of authentic Surrealist work. The assumption has been that photography, a 'realistic' medium, is fundamentally incompatible with a cause devoted to the wildly subjective, the world of dreams, and the unconscious. As a consequence, Surrealist photography, a major body of twentieth-century art, has remained largely unexplored. L' Amour fou was the first exhibition to study the crucial role photography played in the Surrealist movement. It shows how photographers enlisted into the service of 'subjective' Surrealism their medium's very claim to 'objective' reality. Of greatest interest, of course, is the book's abundant reproductions of the fantastic and distorted photographic creations that must be acknowledged as an important part of the Surrealist oeuvre.
NOTE: A later printing of this book is available as photo-eye catalogue #AV086
An unusually pristine, Very Fine copy, in a Very Fine dust jacket, of a landmark work of art historical scholarship.