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By Urszula Szulakowska

Alchemy in modern artwork analyzes the way during which twentieth-century artists, starting with French Surrealists of the Nineteen Twenties, have appropriated techniques and imagery from the western alchemical culture. This learn examines inventive construction from c. 1920 to the current, with an emphasis at the Seventies to 2000, discussing ordinary names reminiscent of Andre Breton, Salvador Dali, Yves Klein, Joseph Beuys, and Anselm Kiefer, in addition to many little identified artists of the later 20th century. It offers a severe evaluate of the alchemical culture in twentieth-century paintings, and of using occultist imagery as a code for political discourse and polemical engagement. The examine is the 1st to ascertain the impression of alchemy and the Surrealist culture on Australian in addition to on japanese eu and Mexican paintings. additionally, the textual content considers the style within which girls artists comparable to Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, and Rebecca Horn have seriously revised the normal sexist imagery of alchemy and occultism for his or her personal feminist purposes.

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