Surrealists on Art (1971) by Lucy R. Lippard is a classic collection of Surrealist texts by some of the most well known poets, novelists, and painters of the 20th Century with writing that expresses the ideas and personal mythologies of those who developed the poetic style of the Surrealist text. Excerpts from two Surrealist manifestoes by André Breton, and discussions of Surrealist painting begin the anthology, with essays by poet-critics Louis Aragon and Paul Eluard. The Artist section features Surrealist texts by: Jean Arp, Hans Bellmer, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Arshile Gorky, René Magritte, André Masson, Matta, Joan Miró, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso and others. Texts by the Surrealist men are well represented, with the work of the women Surrealists to follow. Lucy R. Lippard has edited a collection of Surrealist texts that I keep coming back to year after year, reading a rare text by the artists who inspire the mind of fellow Surrealists with the true spirit of innovative writing.
Surrealists on Art
Ernst's Natural History
Images: Narrative Line
David Detrich lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he has just completed The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending, an ultramodern Surrealist novel written in minimal squares. This year he is working on Dream the Presence of the Circular Breast Starfish Topography, a monumental Surrealist novel written with innovative typographical design. His first novel Big Sur Marvels & Wondrous Delights (2001) is available from Amazon. He is the editor of Innovative Fiction Magazine and Surrealist Star Clustered Illuminations.