The Shameful Life of Salvador Dali

Dalí perturbed many fans and art critics with his shameless late-life stunts — crashing through a plate-glass storefront window, signing countless blank drawing sheets for profit. Ian Gibson argues in his encyclopedic, spectacularly illustrated bio The Shameful Life of Salvador Dalí that the mustachioed Spanish surrealist was actually debilitated by an innate sense of shame, which he hid behind outrageous masks. If this seems a fairly standard psychological profile of a show-off, Gibson details new info on Dalí’s life (like his intimate relationship with friend Federico García Lorca) and wisely reassesses Dalí as the first Freud-influenced artist to explore ”shameful” subjects like sexual alienation and mental unbalance. B+

The Shameful Life of Salvador Dali
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