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    • Guernica.

    • Guernica.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Civil wars; War; Politics & government; Political issues; Dictators; Nazis; Fascism; Civilization; Bombings; Military tactics; War destruction & pillage; Death; Dismemberment; Body parts; Mental states; Despair;...

    • "In this monumental work of 1937, Guernica, Picasso combined Analytic and Synthetic Cubist forms with several traditional motifs, juxtaposing them in a new Surrealist way. The combination serves the political message of the painting - namely,...
    • Inflammatory Essays, page detail.

    • Inflammatory Essays, page detail.

    • Prints; Broadsides; Broadsides; Advertisements; Advertising; Language; Communication; Communication devices; Inscriptions; Lettering (Layout features); Punctuation; Question marks

    • "Jenny Holzer extended the use of language in art to another dimension by presenting words alone; for the viewer, looking and reading became one and the same act. […] In graduate school at the Rhode Island School of Design in the mid-1970s,...
    • Numbers.

    • Numbers.

    • Drawings; Numerals

    • "Johns used letters or numbers as a means of reintroducing the signifiers of a collective sign system into a Modernist 'field' previously answerable to subjective judgments of taste. The textures in his drawings in particular are subtly...
    • Untitled.

    • Untitled.

    • Sculpture; Abstract sculpture; Abstract works; Boxes; Geometry

    • "Judd's industrially manufactured, modular pieces, developed from 1966 onwards, were stubbornly empirical investigations of specific materials and visual effects. He shunned mystification and openly declared the nature of his structures. The...
    • Untitled (Cowboy).

    • Untitled (Cowboy).

    • Photographs; Prints; Advertisements; Advertising; Men; Cowboys; Clothing & dress; Cowboy hats; Hats; Headgear; Shirts; Coats; Chaps; Horseback riding; Riding; Sitting; Roping; Ropes; Locomotion; Human locomotion; Animal locomotion; Animals;...

    • "Prince's early 'appropriations' from advertising, of which this is an example, have interesting connections with his later practice. After 1985 Prince started to employ verbal jokes in his works. They were often silkscreened as texts across...
    • Mercenaries II.

    • Mercenaries II.

    • Paintings; Acrylic paintings; Political issues; Politics & government; Corruption; Men; Mercenaries (Soldiers); Soldiers; Military personnel; People associated with military activities; Military life; Conversation; Smiling; Standing; Clothing...

    • "Set against huge fields of red oxide on mural-sized, unstretched canvases, Golub's figures' frozen poses fleetingly echo those on Greek pottery, but they travesty classical faith in the body." (Caption, p.205); "Another rediscovered...
    • Imperial Monument to the Child-Woman.

    • Imperial Monument to the Child-Woman.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Allusions; Sex; Lust; Relations between the sexes; Love; Worry; Fear; Disgrace; Anxiety; Distress; Women; Men; Couples; Spouses; Fathers; Families; Family; Faces; Heads (Anatomy); Body parts; Buttocks;...

    • "The Child-Woman is Gala, who appears here for the first time in Dali's work." (Caption); "Meanwhile, Dali had painted the first major work in which he alluded directly to the relationship with Gala that was partially to blame for...
    • Board of Demented Associations (Fireworks).

    • Board of Demented Associations (Fireworks).

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Symbols; Lust; Erotica; Sex; Relations between the sexes; Human body; Body parts; Women; Men; Portraits; Self-portraits; Nudes; Clothing & dress; Footwear; Shoes; Keys (Hardware); Fireworks; Firecrackers; Explosives;...

    • "The dedication reads 'Painted for Paul Éluard by his friend Salvador Dalí'. Éluard, who enjoyed his erotica as much as Dali, must have been impressed by this tour de force." (Caption); "One of his earliest ventures was Board of...
    • The First Days of Spring.

    • The First Days of Spring.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Collages; Fantasy; Symbols; Sex; Lust; Relations between the sexes; Psychotherapy; Psychiatry; Fear; Disgrace; Anxiety; Distress; Solitude; Loneliness; Spring; Men; Women; Children; Girls; Older people; Fathers; Couples;...

    • "The First Days of Spring inaugurated a series of works in which, determined to be more Surrealist than the Surrealists themselves, Dali elaborated a symbolic language for delineating, with microscopic precision, his erotic obsessions. It...
    • Little Ashes.

    • Little Ashes.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Symbols; Sex; Women; Men; Heads (Anatomy); Faces; Nudes; Buttocks; Breasts; Body parts; Backs (Anatomy); Arms (Anatomy); Fingers; Birds; Animals; Feathers

    • "The painting anthologizes Dali's obsessions of the moment." (Caption); "As a result of Santos Torroella's dedicated researches, it is now generally accepted that the two heads in The Birth of Venus represent those of Lorca [Federico...
    • Two Urinals.

    • Two Urinals.

    • Sculpture; Mixed media; Plumbing fixtures; Urination; Allusions; Sex; Men; Hygiene; Walls

    • "These highly stylized, non-utilitarian versions of plumbing fixtures evoke complex psycho-sexual concerns surrounding issues of hygiene and male bonding. At the same time, they participate in a witty dialogue with Jasper Johns's famous bronze...
    • Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (The Premonition of Civil War).

    • Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (The Premonition of Civil War).

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Fear; Anxiety; Civil wars; War; Body parts; Heads (Anatomy); Arms (Anatomy); Legs; Hands; Fingers; Feet; Breasts; Beans; Clouds; Landscapes (Representations); Furniture; Furnishings; Drawers (Furniture components)

    • "This great painting was later renamed, with fitting opportunism, The Premonition of Civil War." (Caption); "The events of October 1934, and his scare in Barcelona, seem to have convinced Dali that civil war was a real possibility in...
    • Metamorphosis of Narcissus.

    • Metamorphosis of Narcissus.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Optical illusions; Allusions; Symbols; Myths; Sex; Fear; Love; Self-interest; Poetry; Women; Men; Nudes; Gays; Dancers; Dance; Backs (Anatomy); Pedestals; Body parts; Hands; Fingers; Eggs; Landscapes...

    • "This is the painting Dali took to show Freud in London. It belonged formerly to Edward James." (Caption); "At Zürs […] Dali embarked on a new experiment: the composition, in French, of a 'paranoaic' poem, The Myth of Narcissus,...
    • Augustus as Supreme Pontiff, front view.

    • Augustus as Supreme Pontiff, front view.

    • Sculpture; Portraits; Men; Emperors; Rulers; People associated with politics & government; Priests; Clergy; People associated with religion; Clothing & dress; Hairstyles

    • "This portrait of Emperor Augustus (27 B.C. - 14 A.D.) is a fragment of a full-length statue that was recarved into a bust and then set on an architectural element taken from another source. The chin, nose, and arch of the right eyebrow are...
    • The Great Masturbator.

    • The Great Masturbator.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Symbols; Fantasy; Lust; Sex; Relations between the sexes; Fear; Disgrace; Anxiety; Distress; Women; Men; Couples; Standing; Hugging; Body parts; Genitals; Heads (Anatomy); Legs; Animals; Lions; Wild cats; Tongues; Ants;...

    • "To the right of the photograph [referring to the photograph in Dali's painting The First Days of Spring, 1929] we find the first appearance of an icon soon to proliferate in Dali's work: a waxy-complexioned head with closed eyes, long...
    • Venus from Montagne, front view.

    • Venus from Montagne, front view.

    • Sculpture; Figurines; Women; Goddesses; Myths; Legends; Supernatural beings; Fictitious characters; Hairstyles; Headgear; Grooming; Gestures; Mirrors; Symbols; Cupids; Dolphins; Aquatic animals; Lifting & carrying

    • "Venus is represented rising out of the water in accord with the conventions of the Aphrodite Anadyomene type. The triton and dolphin, which recall the maritime setting, were sometimes depicted alternately with two cupids accompanying the...
    • Cow Wallpaper, detail.

    • Cow Wallpaper, detail.

    • Prints; Screen prints; Wallpapers; Details; Commercialism; Patterns (Design elements); Cows; Cattle; Bulls; Animals; Livestock; Heads (Anatomy); Horns (Animal); Ears; Bridles

    • "Warhol's 'wallpaper' initially decorated a room at Leo Castelli's New York gallery in April, 1966. Another room was devoted to his floating Silver Clouds (helium-filled silver pillows)." (Caption, p.111); "[Robert] Rauschenberg's...
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