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Dali Borrowed Others’ Imagery to Pay Immortal Respect to Them

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 24, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian/Writer   Denigrators of Dali and his art like to suggest that Dali “stole” ideas and even entire imagery from other artists. Not all the time, of course, but frequently. And they would be right, and they would be wrong. “Stole”? No. But influenced by? Acknowledged the work of others? Nodded to artists he admired and respected? Absolutely and unabashedly!   Salvador Dali had unapologetic veneration for the Old Masters.

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Groucho, Chico, Harpo…Dali? Marx/Dali Collaboration gets Reimagined!

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 21, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian/Writer   There’s just no way Salvador Dali’s star is ever going to fade. In fact, his popularity and people’s fascination with everything about the man continue to rise — sometimes out of activities long-since forgotten.   Two very different and surprising Dali-related revivals are making news today, proving that everything old is new again, and that includes when it’s connected to the kingpin of Surrealism.   One revival reportedly

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Dali’s ‘Persistence’ Priceless; His ‘Santiago’ Inspired by Architecture

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 17, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian/Writer   Two iconic Salvador Dali masterpieces are on my radar as I write, each for entirely different reasons. Thanks, Enrique Zepeda, based in Mexico City and partner in Dali Authorities. Enrique recently acquired a Spanish magazine, Blanco y Negro of 1959, which featured several Dali paintings – including a helpful juxtaposition of Santiago El Grande with an interior view of the Church of the Jacobins in Toulouse, France.  

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Salvador Dali Prints and Paintings Surrealistically Celebrate Spring!

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 14, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian/Writer   With spring around that proverbial corner, sometimes a Salvador Dali aficionado’s thoughts turn to flowers, and Dali definitely had a feminine side. In fact, many of his works – even those with no flowers in them – exude a distinctly feminine touch.   So in the spirit of the imminent arrival of spring, let’s take a look at a few Dali works – prints as well as paintings

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Dick Cavett Shares his Thoughts about Show Guest Salvador Dali

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 10, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian/Writer   For years – decades, actually – I waited with deepening frustration for the opportunity to one day see the video clip of Salvador Dali – and his pet anteater – when the famous artist was a guest on the old Dick Cavett Show.   When the clip finally surfaced on the internet, only about year ago or so, I was thrilled – and the clip didn’t disappoint. Predictably,

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Gala Held the Reins on Dali. And it’s Spelled Dali, Not ‘Dahli’!

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 07, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian/Writer   I recently came across a painting, posted on Facebook, by an artist named Nikola Golubovski. It depicts an image of Salvador Dali as a large snail, being ridden like a bull by Gala.     It reminded me of how powerfully controlling Gala was in ensuring that the Dali engine was kept fully fueled and actively running – making lots of art and lots of money!   Dali

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Underexplored, Dali’s Watercolors are Drop-Dead Stunning!

Posted by Paul Chimera on March 03, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian/Writer   Possibly the most underexplored puzzle piece in the Dali enigma – and in the overall constellation of his creative genius – is that of the artist’s watercolors. But by no means should we downplay them, because – are you kidding me! – they represent some of Dali’s most spectacular work.   If you have any doubt about this, just feast your eyes on the three gorgeous watercolor paintings

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A Spoonful of Dali, Served Up in Delicious Ways

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 28, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   Let’s look at a spoonful of Dali – literally. Well, sort of. Spoons, after all, showed up with some frequency – and with a dollop of bewilderment – in Dali’s Surrealism, mainly of the 1930s.   There are theories, observations, and explanations pertaining to spoons. Who knows for sure which ones connect with the intentions and imaginings of Salvador Dali?   One internet source asserts that spoons are symbols

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Alice Cooper calls Dali ‘Greatest Technical Artist of All Time’

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 24, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   I’m certain that, were Salvador Dali alive and working today, he would have figured out a way to align his unique brand of showmanship with that of Lady Gaga. It would have been a rather perfect match, when you think about it. Despite Gaga’s tamer affectations in recent months, the woman still channels a lot of weirdness as her boundless talent takes the world by storm.   How

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Salvador Dali was ‘Crazy’…Um, Like a Fox!

Posted by Paul Chimera on February 21, 2019
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By Paul Chimera Salvador Dali Historian-Writer   Was Salvador Dali crazy? Literally mad? Such a pointed and provocative question was asked more than a few times in Dali’s lifetime. Some continue to ask it today. While the answer might be a bit complicated, it’s at the same time really quite simple:   No!   Ahh, but he was crazy like a fox: clever, cunning, calculating.       Of course, replace “crazy” with “eccentric,” and

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