New from Yale University Press, Salvador Dali: The Late Work complements an exhibition of the same name now on view at High Museum in Atlanta (nice web component, FYI). Dali’s output after 1940 has been consider repetitive and overly commercial. As such, scholarly discourse on the material has found it of less importance than his surrealist work. This exhibition and book reevaluates the period in which Dali distanced himself from Modernism.
This handsomely illustrated volume focuses on Dalí’s work after 1940, presenting it as a multifaceted oeuvre that simultaneously drew inspiration from the Old Masters and the contemporary world. Beginning in the late 1930s with the transition from Dalí’s well-known Surrealist canvases to the classicism he announced in 1941, the volume traces the artist’s work in illustration, fashion, and theatre, predating commercial ventures by such celebrity artists as Andy Warhol. Essays evaluate the significance of Dalí’s “nuclear mysticism” of the 1950s, his enduring interest in science, optical effects, and illusionism, his collaborations with photographer Philippe Halsman (and his brief forays into Hollywood to work with Alfred Hitchcock and Walt Disney), and visit the two major repositories of his work—the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres and the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg.
About the authors – Elliott H. King is a lecturer in European modern art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Montse Aguer Teixidor is Director of the Centre for Dalinian Studies at the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres. Charles Henri (Hank) Hine is Director and William Jeffett is Chief Curator of Exhibitions at the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida.