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Found Sculpture and Photography from Surrealism to Contemporary Art

1st Edition

Edited by Anna Dezeuze, Julia Kelly


216 pages

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Taking its departure point from the 1933 surrealist photographs of ’involuntary sculptures’ by Brassaï and Dalí, Found Sculpture and Photography from Surrealism to Contemporary Art offers fresh perspectives on the sculptural object by relating it to both surrealist concerns with chance and the crucial role of photography in framing the everyday. This collection of essays questions the nature of sculptural practice, looking to forms of production and reproduction that blur the boundaries between things that are made and things that are found. One of the book’s central themes is the interplay of presence and absence in sculpture, as it is highlighted, disrupted, or multiplied through photography’s indexical nature. The essays examine the surrealist three-dimensional object, its relation to and transformation through photographs, as well as the enduring legacies of such concerns for the artwork’s materiality and temporality in performance and conceptual practices from the 1960s through the present. Found Sculpture and Photography sheds new light on the shifts in status of the art object, challenging the specificity of visual practices, pursuing a radical interrogation of agency in modern and contemporary practices, and exploring the boundaries between art and everyday life.


'… this nuanced and thoughtful collection offers an engaging account of surrealism as a rich and important vein of twentieth-century photographic and sculptural practice.' Modernism-Modernity

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: involuntary sculpture: process, photography and the ephemeral object, Anna Dezeuze and Julia Kelly; Voluntary and involuntary sculpture, Steven Harris; The found, the made and the functional: surrealism, objects and sculpture, Julia Kelly; Close-up on the object: attending to the films of Man Ray, Samantha Lackey; Kaprow’s vector, Martha Buskirk; Richard Wentworth’s Making Do, Getting By and the elusive everyday, Anna Dezeuze; In formation: on Terry Fox’s Children’s Tapes, Carrie Lambert-Beatty; Documents, dreams and fantasies: passages through the involuntary from photography to sculpture in the work of Mike Kelley, John C. Welchman; Chance/lens (subversive translation), Simon Baker; Involuntary photography, Margaret Iversen; Bibliography; Index.

About the Editors

Anna Dezeuze is Lecturer in Art History at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design Marseille-Méditerranée in Marseilles, France.

Julia Kelly is a researcher at the University of Hull, UK.

About the Series

Studies in Surrealism

Studies in Surrealism
With scholarly interest in Surrealism greater than ever, the Studies in Surrealism series serves as a forum for key areas of Surrealist inquiry today. This series extends the ongoing academic and popular interest in Surrealism, evident in recent studies that have rethought established areas of Surrealist activity and engagement, including those of politics, the object, photography, crime, and modern physics. Expanding and adding various lines of inquiry, books in the series examine Surrealism's intersections with philosophical, social, artistic, and literary themes. Potential subjects to be examined in the context of Surrealism include but are not limited to: nature; queer studies; humor and play; science; theory in the 1950s and 1960s; the New Novel; Surrealist activities beyond Paris. Proposals are welcomed for both monographs and essay collections dealing with the above subjects or with discussions of Surrealism in other aspects and genres. Monographic writings on artists and writers who have been generally overlooked by English-language scholarship (for instance, Victor Brauner, Toyen, Jorge Camacho) would also fall within the scope of this series.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General