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Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.
Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.
I've always enjoyed feeling a connection to the avant-garde, such as Dada and surrealism and pop art. The only thing the artist can do is be honest with themselves and make the art they want to make. That's what I've always done.
Surrealism was necessary - essential, even - in the 1920s to bridge the gap between rationalism and the subconscious. It started something important. But by the early '60s, it had become petit-bourgeois; it was too intellectual and romantic, and had ground to a halt. It had become respectable.
Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums.
Hyperrealism can create an atmosphere of surrealism because nobody sees the world in such detail.
American art in general... takes to surreal exaggerations and metaphors; but its Puritan work ethic has little use for the playful self-indulgence behind Parisian Surrealism.
This strange business of what it is to be a writer is this increasingly insane world in which we live, in which surrealism, it seems, is the new realism.
Surrealism is a bourgeois disaffection; that its militants thought it universal is only one of the signs that it is typically bourgeois.
For me, surrealism is in my blood; it's not an effort.
Surrealism - in particular with Salvador Dali - was all about ego. It was all about extreme individualism.
When I was an adolescent, I abandoned my country at 23 years to come to Paris to know Andre Breton, the 'Pope of Surrealism.' And for three years, I was there working with him being a surrealist.
Surrealism: An archaic term. Formerly an art movement. No longer distinguishable from everyday life.
The Pirate is surrealism and so, in a curious way, is Father of the Bride.
But surrealism is present in most of my pictures.
I guess Surrealism has a draw for me because it's an unknown world. It's a world of subconscious. Some things you can't really get your hands on very easily. Things that are kind of nebulous and they feel like they're not completely formed. You have to feel your way through that.
The overintellectualization of surrealism can be a bromide. A dream interpreted is a deflated dream.
As far as the style, I was fascinated by surrealism.
The poetry and transgression that was so much of surrealism's anarchic force has been recruited into mainstream culture. It has been made commonplace by television and magazine merchandising, by computer games and Internet visuals, by film and MTV, by the fashion shoot.
The end of the surrealism movement was so political, so artistically pure.
I think it was more personal, but I certainly tried to adapt certain concepts of Surrealism.
Dali was the great painter then and surrealism was a way of life.
My cartoon strips in college strived to have the Schulzian mix of surrealism and Charlie Brown angst. A bit of that combo shows up in 'Up.'
Let's say punk rock was described to you as 'three chords of rock music played roughly.' Would that be sufficient? If you looked up surrealism in the dictionary and it was described as a style of art that uses unrealistic depiction, would you understand? In Japan, even now, people ask me, 'What is Gothic Lolita fashion?' I tell them I don't know.
I know the new comedy god is surrealism, but it doesn't touch my heart.
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