Author(s): Ghislaine Wood
From the sensuality of Dali's Mae West Lips sofa to Schiaparelli's dramatic Tear dress, Surrealism produced some of the most extraordinary objects ever created. Now available in paperback, this book examines the movement's impact on the wider fields of design, photography and the decorative arts, and its sometimes uneasy relationship with the commercial world. Surreal Things features works from artists and designers such as Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Horst P. Horst, Alexander Calder, Max Ernst and Joan Miro and explores some of Surrealism's dominant themes. The range of objects spans painting, sculpture, works on paper, bookbinding, jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles, furniture, fashion, film and photography.
Ghislaine Wood is a curator specializing in twentieth-century art and design in the Research Department at the V&A. She is the author and co-author of numerous publications including Art Nouveau 1890 - 1910 (V&A, 2000), Art Deco 1910 - 1939 (V&A, 2003), and British Design from 1948: Innovation in the Modern Age (V&A, 2012).