Les Diners de Gala
“When I was six years old,” Salvador Dalí once professed, “I wanted to be a cook.” But it wasn’t until his late sixties that he channeled his childhood fantasy into Les Diners de Gala(public library) — a lavishly illustrated cookbook, originally published in 1973 and featuring Dalí’s intensely erotic etchings and paintings. The twelve chapters each cover a specific class of dishes — from exotic courses to fish and shellfish to vegetables — rendered with a surrealist twist both gastronomically and aesthetically, but nowhere more so than in the tenth chapter, dedicated to aphrodisiacs. (by Maria Popova)
ALSO HE SHOUTED OUT FADER ON THE BACK COVER!
"Deauville" by John Currin
The boundary between art & pornography has always been an arbitrary debate that is overseen by socialization and non-original thought…but…there is something about some images that demand more than just an objective, appreciative approach. We have always enjoyed the act of taking the common-place and focusing upon the special “Be Here Now” lessons and insights it can reveal to us…The ability to elevate every day into the extraordinary can become the foundation of truly inspirational art and talent…but…
Here we have a wonderfully painted scene based on a situation we have all been a part of…either the act itself or as the repercussions (residue)…created with talent & skill. We love it…but what would prevent us from hanging it in our living rooms, offices or church? These are the things that rule our thought processes and create the automatic creatures that we have become. What part of us would think that this image is pornography and not suited for public (or private) viewing? Does a piece, because it is provocative, become more important because it brings all this crap up?
We do not know…but we can sit back and objectively appreciate what is essentially a beautiful, wonderful moment…a moment which can ultimately end up with an artifact (art)…US.
"My memories are like the coins in the devil’s purse: when it was opened, nothing was found in it but dead leaves." Jean-Paul Satre, Nausea
‘There’s not a right way of doing something and a wrong way. There’s a right way – and another way. So let’s take a chance on the other way.’ Nicolas Roeg