In the mid-1940s, surrealist artist Salvador Dali
began collaborating with Walt Disney
on a short film. The idea was fully storyboarded and an 18 second test animation was completed by Disney animator John Hench
. Soon after, the idea was shelved
due to a changing of focus with Disney Feature Animation.
Almost 60 years later, Walt's nephew Roy E. Disney (with consultation from the now 95-year old Hench) spearheaded an effort to finish the film. In 2003, the finished product, "Destino"
, premiered. [more inside]
posted by inturnaround
on May 15, 2014 -
Salvador Dali's Dream of Venus
, one of the earliest full-scale art installation pieces
, raised some eyebrows at the 1939 World's Fair. Visitors entered beneath the spread legs of a woman in high heels to find a grotto featuing Venus, a topless sleeping actress
on a red satin bed surrounded by lobsters and champagne bottles. Her dream, visible through the nearby window, included cavorting (again topless) mermaids
flapping their rubber fins and playing a woman-shaped piano. Murry Korman took many iconic photos
of the spectacle. What few knew was that Dali was engaged in a battle of creative crontol
with his sponsor, a rubber tycoon and creator of rubber mermaid tails among other things. Dali would appear on site while the exhibition was being created and snip the tails off of the mermaids
(pdf). While he was not around for the opening of his creation, he purportedly hired a plane to drop printed leaflets over New York: "The Declaration of the Independence of the Imagination and the Rights of Man to his Own Madness
," a protest against efforts to interfere with his vision. [some links NSFW, via]
posted by jessamyn
on Nov 5, 2011 -
is one of the greatest enigmatic personalities to emerge from the 70's. Known in equal measures for her disco hits (such as Enigma
,Queen of Chinatown
, and Follow Me WARNING, youtube link
) and her affairs with David Bowie, Brian Ferry of Roxy Music (and thus appearing on their For Your Pleasure album cover
) and Salvador Dali. Her past was hazy
at best. The most debated aspect of her past (so prevalent as to be mentioned even in reviews of her paintings
is what sex she was born (One popular telling of the rumor even claimed it was Dali
who paid for her surgery to become a woman). Her more recent, very private life took a tragic turn in 2000 when her home in France burned down killing her husband, the equally interesting Alain-Philippe Malagnac d'Argens de Villele. [MI]
posted by piratebowling
on Mar 13, 2006 -
"Romantic"...or "Neo-National-Socialist" Realism?
If the following representations
can whatsoever be called 'realist', then wherefore the campy ideological
vulgarity of their subject matter, which make Leroy Neiman's works
- yes, you may remember him accurately from the notorious Burger King collection
of the late 1970's - seem as profound as Salvador Dali (156 MB - and "obscene" - MPEG file
)? To wit:
"Romantic Realism, the movement which renews the high esthetic standards and techniques of pre-20th century ateliers, brings a rebirth of comprehensibility, beauty, romanticism and stylization to contemporary subject matter."
Linked from Instapundit. (Do political posts rendered as purely aesthetic questions merit "newsfilter" warnings? Consult
! And apologies for the question sounding like the title of a Paul Zindel
Qu'est-ce que c'est, le 'degenerate art', vraiment?
posted by objet
on Oct 11, 2005 -
is the homepage of cartoonist Carol Lay, creator of the strip Story Minute. In addition to being one of the few places one can view the strip
without going through Salon's obnoxious free pass system. The site has the best autobiography
I've seen for an artist site and images of earlier bizarre parodies
of Salvador Dali and the Shroud of Turin.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Apr 24, 2003 -