Surrealist Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself. Their works often feature elements of surprise, and unexpected juxtapositions.
How wonderful to be able to touch and read these books rather than observing them through glass cabinets!
Sketches and notes from Marcel Duchamps the Green Box, which relate to his more famous work The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors.
As with all new art movements, Surrealism has become incorporated into mainstream practices. A few examples that come to mind include Tom Phillips A Humument, the graphic novels of Graham Rawle, and in particular the work of Geoffrey Farmer, whose current show The Photographer and the Surgeon can be seen at the Curve Gallery, Barbican until the end of July.