[Séminaire] Surrealist Artists’ Books by Man Ray and André Masson

Arielle Marshall : “Under the Covers: Surrealist Artists’ Books by Man Ray and André Masson”

DRAFT, a seminar series on research in progress in French and Francophone Studies in Australia

Friday 24 February, 2-3 pm (Sydney time)

Zoom Link: https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/83924176810?pwd=NWNzWjJkZHFId2RYMEJGdHp1QUtnUT09

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Join us for the first DRAFT Seminar 2023

on Friday 24 February, 2-3 pm (Sydney time)

Under the Covers: Surrealist Artists’ Books by Man Ray and André Masson

In this talk I’ll discuss my research on surrealist livres d’artiste and artist’s books within the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) in Paris, undertaken in 2021-22. This piece of research forms part of my PhD thesis which centres on an underground surrealist collaboration titled 1929 (published in 1929)by Louis Aragon, Benjamin Péret, and Man Ray. The book was embraced as a medium by modernist artists and the historical avant-garde – especially surrealism – approaching the book as an artform in itself. The ‘surrealist book’ (livre surréaliste) refers to a vast and varied corpus of illustrated books, co-created by artists and writers within the movement. The collaborative texts by Parisian surrealists are often focused on themes like the dream, the unconscious, revolution, and – as this talk highlights – love. With material usually drawn from lived experience, the surrealist book eroticised the space of printed pages in dialogues of text and image. What insights do these surrealist experiments offer into creation of the era? How can these objects be understood within the oeuvre and life of the artist? Turning to images by Man Ray and André Masson, I’ll unpack my approach to interpreting the surrealist book within a wider set of ‘hybrid’ sources (photographs, magazines, documents, process material) that blur the lines between art and life.

Supported by the Macgeorge Bequest.


Arielle Marshall is a doctoral candidate at the University of Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle) and the University of Melbourne. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and First Class Honours in Architecture from the University of Sydney. Arielle’s research focuses on surrealism in the interwar period; the relation between visual art and literature; and aesthetics. She is the author of peer-reviewed articles in international journals, such as Architecture and Culture. Arielle has presented her research at conferences in Europe and Australia.

Contact : MICHELLE ROYER| Associate Professor

French and francophone Studies/School of Languages and Cultures/

Faculty of Arts and Social sciences

Rm No 744, Brennan MacCallum Building A18 | The University of Sydney | NSW | 2006                  
T +61 2 9036 9480  | F + 61 2 9351 2319 
E michelle.royer@sydney.edu.au

Premier numéro de La Révolution surréaliste, 1925, BnF

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Laure Michel (13 février 2023). [Séminaire] Surrealist Artists’ Books by Man Ray and André Masson. Poemata. Consulté le 18 juillet 2024 à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/sx7w

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