Mancho's Dali
10 September, 2010
Mancho's Dali

Two years ago my Georgian friend Mancho and I visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see an exhibit of Salvador Dali's work. The exhibition Dali: Painting and Film was designed to illustrate Dali's later works with cinema while residing in the United States during and post World War II. Amongst photographs and illustrations there were a few short films shown during the exhibition. We saw Un Chien Andalou, film collaboration with Luis Bu¤uel and a film done

with Walt Disney called Destino.

The exhibition included also works of artists, such as Marx Brothers, Alfred Hitchcock and Cecil B. De Mille, who influenced Dali in his quest to channel his imagination through a new artistic medium. It was a very well conceived show focusing on this particular aspect of Dali's work.

Mancho was not impressed. In the age of 3-D animation films like 'Partly Cloudy' and 'Coraline' I suspect that it is hard to be moved by a film that has none of what are known now as special effects. Mancho has a view of Dali's work that is shared by many, which is that he has to be boxed into one category, and that is the one of a painter. And it is true that most people go to see his exhibitions to see his paintings. Seeing his endeavors in film and photography is something less desired. It is understandable why the museum goers are eager to see his paintings. His painting technique was sublime, his ideas to this day are awe-inspiring and the overall presentation is mind blowing. But why stop at one medium? Why use only paint when there are so many other forms of expression available with new technology? If Tom Ford, former head designer for Gucci, stayed a fashion designer he would have never made his transition into a film director. Who says an artist can only be good at one thing?

Undoubtedly there are people who disagree with me. People like Mancho who prefer their painters to stay painters, singers to stay singers, and most of all for their artists never to 'sell out'. A 'sell out' is a dirty label slapped on an artist, who had disappointed the underground followers when his or her art becomes mainstream knowledge or chose to turn to another medium altogether.

Art to most people is very personal. For Mancho who had 'discovered (which means someone posted it on Youtube) Katy Perry's' Ur So Gay, a song about a quintessential Los Angeles boy who loves himself only, it was a disappointment to find out that everyone including Madonna knew who Katy Perry was. For the faithful followers of the group Green Day, it was traumatic to discover that their once personal band had made it big and now millions of people sang their songs.ÿ It might have been just as upsetting for Salvador Dali's lovers to watch him throw himself into the cinematic art of the day and abandon his paintings. Except that it never happened.

High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, is currently exhibiting Salvador Dali- The Late Work. It is a phenomenally well curated show that encompasses Dali's work from 1941 until his death in 1989. Mancho would have been at least a little impressed because the exhibition shows that although Dali was deeply enamored with new technology available to him he never thought it to be separate from the rest of his work. He never gave up his mastery of painting. The exhibition included Christ of Saint John of the cross brought in from Glasgow, Scotland, a slew of illustrations for Cervante's Don Quixote de la Mancha, an arrey of Dali's moustache photographs and short films. Here is what Dali had to say about his many projects and platforms of work.

" I am a man of the Renaissance.I would sign a pair of pants if someone commissioned me to. As a Renaissance man.I feel no separation between myself as an artist and the mass of the people. I stand ready to design anything the people want."

And yet, Dali's work is always Dali's work. He does not change his core 'classic' self. He said himself he was absolutely influenced by life and everything in it, but that he would always be at the core of his art. The difference between Dali 'Selling out' and going into different avenues of art and artists like Katy Perry is that Dali was always at the center of his work. He grew, developed and adapted but he didn't go from singing a song that has been described as an "emo-bashing anthem that's either horribly homophobic, a sly piece of social commentary or, possibly, both", to singing songs with mediocre tunes and even more mediocre lyrics.

Salvador Dali once was quoted saying 'Some day perhaps one will discover a truth almost as strange as this mustache - namely, that Salvador Dali was possibly also a painter.' Be as it may, in everything he did, be it either writing a Secret Life of Salvador Dali or smashing his own Macy's window display in New York, he stayed Dali. And for proof I must reference Youtube once again. Please see Salvador Dali on "What's my Line?"

 

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