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October 2012

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In This Issue:

The Last Days of Pompeii
Surrealism in Latin America
Farewell to Surrealism

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The Last Days of Pompeii
Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection
Victoria C. Gardner Coates, Kenneth Lapatin, and Jon L. Seydl
The Last Days of Pompeii

Destroyed yet paradoxically preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, Pompeii and other nearby sites are usually considered places where we can most directly experience the daily lives of ancient Romans. Rather than present these sites as windows to the past, however, the authors of this volume explore Pompeii as a modern obsession, in which the Vesuvian sites function as mirrors of the present. An exhibition of the same name will be on view at the Getty Villa through January 7, 2013, before traveling to the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

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Surrealism in Latin America
Vivísimo Muerto
Edited by Dawn Ades, Rita Eder, and Graciela Speranza

This collection of essays—the first major account of surrealism in Latin America that covers both literary and visual production—explores the role the movement played in the construction and recuperation of cultural identities and the ways artists and writers contested, embraced, and adapted surrealist ideas and practices. Deriving from a conference held at the Getty Research Institute, the book is rich in new materials drawn from the GRI's diverse Mexican and South American surrealist collections.

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Surrealism in Latin America
Farewell to Surrealism
The Dyn Circle in Mexico
Annette Leddy and Donna Conwell
Introduction by Dawn Ades

Farewell to Surrealism is the title of a 1943 essay by Austrian artist-critic Wolfgang Paalen published in the inaugural issue of the journal Dyn. The journal was founded by Paalen and an international group of writers and artists taking refuge in Mexico City during World War II. Several of them had been part of André Breton's Parisian surrealist circle in the 1930s. When they arrived in Mexico, they were still proponents of surrealism. Two years later, however, this group had broken with Breton and set out to define a new direction for art. Their vision coalesced in the pages of Dyn. While recent scholarship has treated individual artists in the circle, this study is the first to examine the new aesthetic found in Dyn itself. This catalogue accompanies an exhibition of the same name on view at the Getty Research Institute through February 17, 2013.

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Farewell to Surrealism

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