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Salvador Dalí, Snail and the Angel

Salvador Dalí, Snail and the Angel (1984), bronze [Chali-Rosso Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 7-May 12]

Definitely Dalí : A Collection of Salvador Dalí Sculptures

Chali-Rosso Gallery
Vancouver BC – Mar 7-May 12, 2014

Salvador Dalí, Nobility of Time

Salvador Dalí, Nobility of Time (1984), bronze [Chali-Rosso Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 7-May 12]


Salvador Dalí, Vision of the Angel

Salvador Dalí, Vision of the Angel (1984), bronze [Chali-Rosso Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 7-May 12] Photo ©IAR Art Resources


Salvador Dalí, Triumphant Angel

Salvador Dalí, Triumphant Angel (1984), bronze [Chali-Rosso Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 7-May 12]


Salvador Dalí, Space Elephant

Salvador Dalí, Space Elephant (1984), bronze [Chali-Rosso Gallery, Vancouver BC, Mar 7-May 12]

Salvador Dalí may be among the first artists who come to mind when one recalls the art of the 20th century. But whereas Picasso and Warhol pursued – and synthesized – ideas from a range of artistic movements, Dalí forged deeper into surrealism’s dreamscape. “The difference between me and the Surrealists,” Dalí once declared, “is that I am Surrealism.”

Known largely for his oil paintings, Dalí is also the creator of a sculpture series. Ten of his sculptures are on display in this exhibition, each bringing to mind objects, gestures and juxtapositions that are reminiscent of his paintings – and are definitely Dalí. In Alice in Wonderland (conceived in 1977), a woman holds an arching rope over the artist’s trademark crutch. In Nobility of Time (conceived in 1977), a clock melts from a surrendering tree as a Rodin-esque angel thinks beside it. All of the works in this editioned series are cast in bronze and appear in a range of patinas.

Among the more unusual pieces in the show is Space Elephant (conceived in 1980). Here, an elephant with giraffe-like legs carries on its back a tall, narrow pyramid. In reality, this would be impossible, but for those who see in dreams the art of what is imaginable, it is the pyramid atop this conflation that gives this creature life and makes it a work of Surrealism.

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Michael Turner



 Sun, Apr 6, 2014