Going to the High Museum of Art is a priority of mine for every visit I make to Atlanta, especially when a particularly good exhibit is being presented. The Salvador Dali exhibit is going on for just a few more weeks, so I made it just in the nick of time.
I didn’t know a lot about Dali, except that I have always been drawn to his bizarre and imaginative artwork. Back in November, I stumbled onto the free Dali exhibit, still on display, in the Time Warner Building. So, today was a continuation of my ‘Dali education.’
What is unique about this exhibit is it’s emphasis on Dali’s later works, post 1940. During this time, Dali abandoned Surrealism. As a result, he was expelled from the Surrealist Group, and began to remodel himself as a ‘classic’ painter. He took an interest in physics and religion, combining the two concepts in his artwork. “Nuclear Mysticism” represented Dali’s belief in physics as a means to prove the existence of God. Much of this later work was highly criticised for being “repetitive” and “commercial.”
I found myself intrigued by the character of Dali. To me, he seems like an original, a true artistic rebel who didn’t want to be pigeon-holed into any one genre of art. Though he is no longer with us, I wish I could have drinks with this quirky character and his iconic mustache. On many levels, I relate to his desire to form his own artistic path and defy those who try to tell him differently.
My newly found intrigue led me to purchasing his autobiography in the museum’s gift shop.