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L’Amour Fou

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Why did photography play such an important role in Surrealist art? It was this question that provided the impetus for “L’Amour Fou,” a major survey of Surrealist photography cocurated by Rosalind Krauss and Jane Livingston. (The exhibition is now being mounted in San Francisco, and it will then travel to Paris and London.) The fundamental achievement of this fascinating show is that it reminds us that photography did indeed play such a role in the advancement of Surrealism. It demonstrates just how central that role was by assembling an astonishing number of vintage photographs, contemporary reprints, and reproductions from the books and journals that were equally important to the movement.

Thus “LAmour Fou” offers broad selections of work by photographers well-known for their association with Surrealism—Brassaï, André Kertész, and Man Ray, for example—as well as by Surrealist artists who

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