[Item #53024] The International Surrealist Exhibition - Thursday, June 11th to Saturday, July 4th, 1936. SURREALISM - GREAT BRITAIN, London Surrealist Exhibition.

The International Surrealist Exhibition - Thursday, June 11th to Saturday, July 4th, 1936

[London]: New Burlington Galleries / Women's Printing Society, Ltd., 1936. First Edition. Slim octavo (24cm); pictorial wrappers, saddle-stitched; 31,[1]pp. French gallerist and art dealer Pierre Loeb's copy, with "Exemplaire de Pierre Loeb" in red ink on title page by E.L.T. Mesens, along with his signature, and those of the following individuals associated with the exhibition directly beneath: Shiela Legge, André Breton, Jacqueline B. (Jacqueline Lamba, Breton's wife), Roland Penrose, David Gascoyne, Humphrey Jennings, Hans Arp, and George Reavey. Light external wear and dust-soil, wrappers starting to pull away from staples, with some scattered discoloration to rear wrapper; a few very light pencil marks in-text, else contents quite fresh; Very Good+. Housed in a custom clamshell case.

Well-preserved catalog of the first Surrealist art exhibition in England, organized by artist Roland Penrose and poet David Gascoyne, and held at the New Burlington Galleries from June 11th - July 4th, 1936. A ground-breaking event, described alternately as chaotic, indecent, and inspiring, the organizers assembled nearly 400 paintings and sculptures by 71 Surrealist artists, including Hans Arp, Jacqueline B., Hans Bellmer, Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Paul Nash, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy, and others. The three-week event was a true spectacle, involving Dalí delivering a lecture (and nearly passing out) while wearing a full deep-sea diving suit, Sheila Legge's performance as "The Phantom of Sex Appeal" in Trafalgar Square, and poet Dylan Thomas circulating among the guests at opening, offering them cups of boiled string. In addition to listing all 392 works in the exhibit, the catalog features a cover illustration by Max Ernst, an English-language preface by André Breton (translated by Gascoyne), and an introduction by Herbert Read. A significant copy, signed by several artists and presented to French gallerist Pierre Loeb, one of the great champions of Surrealism. On its own, a somewhat elusive catalog, though with such a collection of signatures, the auction record shows the last such copies for sale in 1976 (George Hugnet's copy, signed by at least nine) and 1973 (Suzanne Malherbe and Claude Cahun's copy, signed by 11).

Price: $6,500.00

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