The Case for Surrealism
04:56 - 10:13
5m 17s
"Surrealism" has become shorthand for the bizarre, the irrational, the hallucinatory. But what IS it? Or what WAS it? Integrating found objects, experimenting with automatism, or the disorienting effects of collage, and summoning the uncanny body to socially critical ends. If we could find meanings that exist beyond the rational mind, we might be free from the tyranny of the mundane logic, and that we might discover truths more real than reality. Today we delve into the history and make a case why Surrealism is important.


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The word "surrealism has become a catch-all for the bizarre, the irrational, the hallucinatory; but when it emerged in Europe during the tenuous turbulent years following world war one and leading into world war two. Surrealism has positions itself not as an escape from life but as a revolution art force within. A movement aimed at the wholesale liberation of the individual. Aesthetic as well as political; literary as well as visual. Lets explore what surrealism is.
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Frida Kahlo is known for the masterful self-portraits she made during her turbulent life (1907 - 1954). We are fascinated by Kahlo for good reason. It's impossible to separate her remarkable and tragic life from her work, and she didn't want us to. Her beauty and resilience can make it hard to fully recognize the complexity and importance of the artwork that communicates it. We take a close look at her catalog, and consider what it tells us (and doesn't) about her as a person and her wider body of work.
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