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It is surreal to be back by gvlr
January 7, 2011, 4:13 pm
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Dear Students, faculty, and Staff,

Welcome back to school after a lovely winter break. While you were gone the library staff have prepared an exhibit on the 1940’s surrealist magazine The View. The View was created by Charles Henri Ford and ran from 1940 – 1947.  This magazine was responsible for introducing Americans to the fascinating art form of Surrealism.

Come see our library exhibit case to see these original magazines. The cover art is done by such famous artists as Tanguy, Noguchi, Max Ernst, and others. The library has also made small mock copies containing portions of copied contents for handling. Viewing these copies gives you a sense of slipping back in time to the 1940’s and into the wonderful world of Surrealist art.

Yves Tanguy / Pavel Tchelitchew Issue
Covers : Tanguy,  Tchelitchew, to be read
right side up, and in reverse from either end.
Series 2, Issue no. 2,
1942 May

Below are some of the re known contributors to the View as taken from Wikipedia

‘It attracted contributions from writers like Wallace Stevens, an interview with whom was featured in the first number of View, William Carlos Williams, Joseph Cornell, Edouard Roditi, Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Paul Bowles, Brion Gysin, Philip Lamantia, Paul Goodman, Marshall McLuhan, André Breton, Raymond Roussel, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Genet or Jorge Luis Borges and artists like Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Fernand Léger, Georgia O’Keeffe, Man Ray, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, Marc Chagall, René Magritte and Jean Dubuffet (Surrealism in Belgium, Dec. 1946). Max Ernst (April 1942), the Yves TanguyPavel Tchelitchew number with Nicolas Calas, Benjamin Péret, Kurt Seligmann, James Johnson Sweeney, Harold Rosenberg and Charles Henri Ford on Tanguy, Parker Tyler, Lincoln Kirstein and others on Tchelitchew (May 1942) and Marcel Duchamp, with an essay by André Breton, (march 1945) all got special numbers of the magazine. The earlier Surrealism special (View 7-8, 1941) had featured Artaud, Victor Brauner, Leonora Carrington, Marcel Duchamp and André Masson. There was an Americana Fantastica number (January 1943) and, edited by Paul Bowles the Tropical Americana issue on Mexico ([2] In the 1940s, View Editions, the associated publishing house, came out with the first monograph on Marcel Duchamp and the first book translations of André Breton’s poems.”

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