Sunday, November 27, 2011

SURREALISM & MODERNISM: From the Collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

SURREALISM and MODERNISM: From the Collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Edited by Eric Zafran & Paul Paret

First ever survey of this museum's collection of excellent modern art - The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art's remarkable collection of modern art is due to a succession of adventurous directors and curators. This book showcases the museums collection and provides fascinating details about how it was acquired. Richly Illustrated with the artworks in color and photos of the artists and their studios in black and white.

Many of the works - the surrealist paintings in particular - were bought directly from the artists or from their first exhibitions. The famed Atheneum director Chick Austin mounted the first Surrealist exhibition in America in 1931 and bought works from the then barely known Salvador Dali - works by de Chirico, Ernst, Matta, Tanguy and Calder soon followed. Then in 1934 the Atheneum had the first great American retrospective of Picasso and the museum bought a small neo-classical piece to add to its collection.

Later, Marini, Georgia O'Keefe, de Kooning, Jackson Pollack and many others works were added to provide a broad overview of artistic trends from the last century. An excellent book.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art w/ Yale University Press - 2005 Edition - 151 Page Hardcover - Richly Illustrated with the artworks in color and photos of the artists and their studios in black and white - PRICE: $30.00

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Friday, November 25, 2011

DARK STAR: The Satanic Rites of Gilles de Rais - by Various Authors

DARK STAR: The Satanic Rites of Gilles de Rais - by Various Authors

The spectre of Gilles de Rais the satanist child-killer, eclipses French history like a 'dark star'. A fallen general, once the champion of Joan of Arc, whose experimentations in cruelty led him through the very Gates of Hell.

His obscene crimes and decadent aristocratic glamour have created an enduring legend of mythic proportions. This collection of essays, quotations, excerpts and fiction from some of the most famous authors in recent centuries evoke a chilling portrait of one of the most sinister figures in the annals of European history and mass murder.

After Joan of Arc was captured, Gilles de Rais fled to the safety of his castles in France where he began a steady spiral downwards - one of his first murders was committed in the presence of the sadistic sorcerer Prelati - in Prelati's chambers in the castle - Gilles seized a young boy and slashed his throat - from that moment on he had found his one true passion in life - the torture and murder of children - and where ever he went, children would disappear, never to be seen again - the final number of his victims will never be known but some say it could be as high as 800 deaths....

Authors Include:

Georges Bataille
Blaise Cendrars
J.K. Huysmans
Valentine Penrose
Jean Genet
Marquis de Sade
Andre Breton
Arthur Rimbaud
Gustave Flaubert
Richard Thoma
James Havoc
Charles Perrault

and many others.....

Creation Books - 2005 Edition - 302 Page Paperback - No Illustrations - History/ True Crime/ Collection/ Satanic/ Mass Murder - PRICE: $15.00

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

THE ROSICRUCIAN EMBLEMS OF DANIEL CRAMER - Hermetic / Alchemical Sybolism - Introduction by Adam McLean


This book is a significant and yet little-known work of emblematic philosophy published in 1617, only one year after the appearance of The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz which is believed to be one of the first original Rosicrucian manifestos.

The work consists of 40 emblematic plates, each bearing a title, together with a verse from the Bible and two lines in Latin. The plates revolve around the symbolism of the heart, which undergoes a variety of processes and experiences through a cycle of 40 stages.

Adam McLean, in his introduction and commentary, elucidates the history of the text and the nature of the symbolism. He convincingly argues that Cramer, a Protestant theologian, was consciously trying to produce a series of spiritual exercises for a Protestant, esoteric Christianity. McLean outlines a way to work with the emblems and their symbolism and suggests that "a work as profound and as simple as this can never die, but must always be a source of inspiration."

This book is a Rosicrucian item of great interest and will be valued by all students of emblematic philosophy and the Hermetic tradition. Heavily illustrated in B&W.

Adam McLean is a well known authority on Alchemical texts and symbolism. He is the editor and publisher of over 40 books on Alchemical and Hermetic ideas. Based in the UK, he has been writing and researching Alchemical and Hermetic literature for many years. Between 1978 and 1992, he edited the Hermetic Journal and began publishing the Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks, including The Alchemical Mandala, The Magical Calendar, and Rosicrucian Emblems.

Phanes Press/Magnum Opus Hermetics Sourceworks 1991 Edition - 78 Page Paperback - Heavily Illustrated in B&W - PRICE: $12.00

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