Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dali (Exhibition Catalog; Rizzoli, 2004; Italy/Philadelphia, 2005)

If you are more than a casual admirer of Dali's art, then you need this book in your collection.  It is a fantastic and essential reference source.

The sheer size and weight of the book gives one the feeling that there's a lot going on inside.  The book is 607 pages and weighs over six pounds.  You really need two hands to pick it up!

The first part, Catalog of Works, is arranged chronologically, and features 249 numbered works with a plethora of unnumbered supporting images.  All of the reproductions are large and of excellent quality, with fantastic color.  In fact, all color images are reproduced in color--no cheap-out black-and-white inferiority here.  Oh, and there's lots of rarities.

Each work is accompanied by an insightful text which speaks to points of interest such as the time and/or place the work was created as well as any prevailing themes, moods, inspirations, or attitudes surrounding Dali or the world at that time.  I am particularly impressed by the discussion of works that were contemporary, or precursors to, Dali's piece, and which may have served as an influence.

Following the Catalog of Works is the Encyclopedia which offers insight into topics, people, and vocabulary related to Dali.  In this section, one finds two pages of postcards sent by Dali to Picasso.  Very cool!!!

Next is the illustrated Chronology of Dali's life.  Many of the images are rarely seen, if ever.

Finally is the section entitled Selected Writings of Salvador Dali, all of which are referenced in various parts of the book.

If this wasn't enough, the book's Appendix features a ton of reference materials including an exhaustive list of Dali Exhibitions, and a complete Bibliography of every book by, about, or featuring art/writings of Dali.  The bibliography serves as a checklist of publications for the avid Dali book hunter to spend a lifetime collecting.

Need I say more?  This book is a must-have.  Go and get one today!  Easy to find, expect to pay about $20, and it's worth triple that.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

New Aquisition: Poker Tarot Dali playing cards decks.

POKER TAROT DALI playing cards decks:

Once in a blue moon the avid Dali collectible hunter comes across this deck of cards.  If it is reasonably-priced, then it's probably worth the purchase.

The set pictured here was purchased from an online seller in Argentina. 

Two decks of cards (red and blue) come in a nice presentation package.  There are 52 unique tarot card designs and two joker design (one features Dali, the other features Gala).

There are no dates anywhere on the cards or packaging, which makes me wonder if these are modern reprints, rather than first editions.  Since I can't find any definitive information about these cards on the internet or elsewhere, I will have to return to this topic at a later date.

In any case, these playing cards are quite rare.  Expect to pay about $50 or more for the double set in new condition.