This brochure about Works from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery comes from an exhibit hosted by the The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, on loan from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick. The brochure, scanned for you in its entirety below, gives an interesting history of one of Salvador Dalí’s later works: Santiago el Grande. That means the big saint, in case you slept through Spanish class. And it is big – thirteen feet tall, to be exact. We absolutely love these technically brilliant later works of Dalí that combine choatic imagery with rigid order on a huge scale.
The Dalí quote explaining the symbolism of this historical and religious piece sounds to us like a very tongue-in-cheek joke. We like to think Dalí enjoyed a good laugh at the expense of the art world. After all, it takes little imagination to understand what piece of the horse’s anatomy gets obscured by that white cloud. And when you consider that, your mind might make a logical step to the symbolism of the white cloud.
Leave it to Dalí to get away with such obvious imagery by cloaking it in verbosity set to stun the minds of collectors and goatee-scratching gallery visitors. We also love the legion of anti-matter angels. Way to take a random shape in a photograph and make it utterly cosmic! Dalí, we like the cut of your jib.
On a serious note, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery informs us that Santiago el Grande remains on tour. Though currently at the Dalí Museum, it will move to other venues in 2014.