Anxious re Visions: Surrealism in Berkeley

Anxious re Visions: Surrealism in Berkeley

Berkeley, CA: Ammunition Press, Circa 1991. First Printing. Stapled Sheets. "We profoundly resent members of the greedy class stepping over the corpses of the have-nots to gorge and congratulate themselves in the name of surrealism." (from a reproduced flyer) Subtitled "Report on a Group Action in Response to Anxious Visions: Surrealist Art at the University Art Museum in Berkeley," this document is what we might term an Anti- phony "Surrealist" Manifesto (with apologies to touchy Andre Breton...) published in the wake of the above-noted exhibit held during the later months of 1990. It is a prank-protest against the commodification of the originally rebellious, unpredictable Surrealist phenomenon; its appropriation into the establishment culture & society. Among what is spotlighted & derided here was "The Surrealist Ball," a high-priced exclusive event that took place to promote the exhibit. With essays by the late Berkeley-based poet, bookseller & gadfly Stephen Ronan; reproductions of newspaper articles, flyers & photographs; etc. A most interesting & rare collectible, both chronicle & polemic that attempts to uphold the elusive principles of original Surrealism, quite surreal in itself. In very fine condition with only one faint, short crease at lower left corner of front sheet; staples in process of rusting with two parallel short, thin lines of echo-bleeding therefrom & a few tiny spots next to middle staple near left edge of front sheet; one very short, faint crease at upper left corner of rear sheet that decreasingly continues onto upper corners of some rear page leaves; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Very Fine. [Item #3111]

Price: $40.00

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