Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography
The David Raymond Collection in the Cleveland Museum of Art
Imprint: The Cleveland Museum of Art
This handsomely illustrated volume is the public debut of the Surrealist photography collection of David Raymond that was recently acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Photography and its many techniques—photograms, montage, collage—played a vital role amongst Surrealist artists who sought to mine the unconscious and unsettle the everyday. Raymond’s collection is distinctive in its breadth and quality and reflects the adventurous spirit of the movement’s founder, André Breton. This book presents 178 vintage prints from the 1920s through the 1940s by artists from 14 countries. Works by notable artists including Brassaï, László Moholy-Nagy, Dora Maar, and Man Ray are joined by rare examples by equally provocative but less well-known photographers. Essays by scholars Tom E. Hinson, Ian Walker, and Lisa Kurzner provide analysis and context, exploring the philosophy behind Raymond’s selections as well as the history, techniques, and symbolism of the photographs.
‘This book of 178 surrealist prints challenges the eye with its playful juxtapositions and visions of an ordinary world rendered extraordinary. Compiled from a private collection acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2007, these images are a thought-provoking delight.’—New Statesman~New Statesman
Winner of the Midwest Art History Society's award for Outstanding Catalogue of 2014.~Outstanding Catalogue, Midwest Art History Society