NY: Julien Levy Gallery, 1939. 1st Edition. Soft cover. Very Good -. Dali, Salvadore (art of). Rare gallery catalogue for Julain Lev Gallery's sale exhibition of Dali's work in 1939. Large format, approx. 12.5" x 10", 4pages (incl.covers), front cover pictorial in b&w, rear cover lists blurbs on Dali's work from other artists and curators incuding Picasso, James Thrall Soby, and Dali himself and lists 21 paintings, including The Endless Enigma. and 5 objects. Inside cover left is a full page statement by Dali entitled "Dali, Dali!", on right is printed the six panels of The Endless Enigma, with 5 panels printed on vellum in red ink so they can be overlayed onto the 6th panel printed on page. Panels measure approx. 8" x 6" and are affixed with red cloth either side, pasted on interior and stapled to exterior of page, same red material as used for thin spine. Covers are rubbed and worn modertaely about edges, and there is some noticeable creasing to corners. The vellum overlays are toned, but completely extant and functional. Scarce. From wwdotdalipaintingsdotnet : "When The Endless Enigma was first shown in the 1939 exhibition of Dali's multiple-image paintings at the Julien Levy Gallery on East 57th Street in New York it attracted vast crowds, who lined up around the block to marvel at its visual complexity and cryptic illusionism. As Life magazine reported at the time, "for general popularity there hasn't been such an exhibit since Whistler's Mother was shown in 1934.'" In his statement for the exhibition catalogue, the artist declared that: "the first 'systematic research' of the problem, I may state, begins with the picture featured in my present exhibition, The Endless Enigma. There, in appear, instead of a double image, six different images - thence to the limits of imminent metamorphoses." To illustrate his point, Dali reproduced the six different states of the work, all loosely sketched in red ink on tracing paper, which revealed the artistic process through which the image was constructed. By separating the work into its various constituent elements, the reader could disentangle the painting's convoluted iconography of overlapping images into its successive stages of completion. The six individual segments that eventually coalesce into a single, seamless image in the finished painting were also reproduced in line engravings in the catalogue" (Inventory #: 010765)
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