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260 × 190 mm
176 pages
70 illustrations, 40 in colour
15 Apr 2011

Narcissus Reflected The Narcissus Myth in Surrealist and Contemporary Art David Lomas

Published to accompany an exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, curated by Dawn Ades and David Lomas (23 April - 26 June 2011), this major publication explores the myth of Narcissus in Surrealist and contemporary art.

The story of Narcissus - as told by Ovid, is of a beautiful youth infatuated by his reflection in a stream, who pines away in the presence of Echo and is metamorphosed into a flower of the same name. The myth is open to many interpretations and has captivated a number of modern and contemporary artists. This well-illustrated book explores the potency of the Narcissus myth in art, including photography, installation, film and video.

Featuring works by Salvador Dalí, André Masson, Jean Cocteau, Claude Cahun, Frida Kahlo, Jess, Yayoi Kusama, Pipilotti Rist, Bill Viola and many more, the publication explores in depth and explains the many meanings and interpretations of the myth, demonstrating the enduring appeal of the Narcissus theme in art.

‘It is difficult to read this book without being impressed by the diversity of ways in which creative artists have interpreted the Narcissus theme . . . Lomas offers an expansive examination of the Narcissus myth. His illuminating discussions of each artist weave together the biographical and the theoretical. And the colorful, vivid, and erotic reproductions that illustrate the book help convey the scope and power of the original exhibition.’ – The Gay and Lesbian Review

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David Lomas is Professor of Art History at the University of Manchester and the author of The Haunted Self: Surrealism, Psychoanalysis, Subjectivity (2000) and, with Michael Corris and John Dixon Hunt, Art, Word and Image: 2,000 Years of Visual/Textual Interaction (Reaktion, 2010).