Dali & I: The Surreal Story
By Lauryssens, Stan
My Review: After reading certain chapters of this book I felt that I needed to wash my hands, my eyes and my mind. The explicit descriptions of perversion supposedly engaged in by Dali, with and without his wife Gala, add nothing to the story of Art except titillation (for some.) But perversion can manifest itself in a variety of areas beyond the physical.
Some areas of Surrealism questioned what Art really was. The Duchamp urinal comes to mind. The use of a factory of artists engaged in making artworks attributed to the Master artist has a long history with Verrocchio, Rubins and Andy Warhol. This author describes widespread fraud throughout the art world from the independent sellers to the galleries; auction houses and traces the web of deceit right to the doorstep of Dali himself.
Reading that the art world is riddled with fraud did not surprise me. What disappointed me was the assertion that Dali’s involvement in this wasn’t out of an intellectual premise of Surrealism but for the money, just like the rest of the thieves.