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PAINTING BY NUMBERS: THE ART OF LILLIAN SCHWARTZ

Lillian Schwartz, Pixillation, 1970, 16 mm, color, sound, 4 minutes. © Lillian F. Schwartz.

THE CRYSTAL PEN

On a Sunday in 1970, Salvador Dalí summoned pioneering computer artist Lillian Schwartz to the St. Regis hotel in New York. She was instructed to wear beautiful clothes, and so she chose a fitted dress with multicolored stripes and long Mylar earrings. Escorted through beaded curtains into a cocktail lounge with candle-topped tables and a coterie of attractive men and women, one dressed in a metallic jumpsuit open to the waist, one wearing body paint, Schwartz arrived at a platform on top of which a tuxedoed Dalí sat with a top hat, cape, and cane. A boy with platinum hair stood guard on one side and two women in white crepe on the other. Speaking in French and Spanish through an interpreter, Dalí announced that he had received special information from the waxed mustache he relied on for premonition, and he charged her with four missions. As he spoke, his mustache

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