Tokyo: Minami Art Museum, 1986. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's red textured paper-covered boards, spine and upper board gilt, sage textured endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket, supplemental text leaflet laid in.
Japanese monograph published in conjunction with an exhibition of leading Surrealist figure Salvador Dalí’s jewelry work held at Tokyo’s Minami Art Museum in 1986. Dalí created these extravagant objects—which he dubbed "Dalínian gems"—between 1941 and 1970, after he had been exiled from the Surrealist community and began to style himself as a nouveau Renaissance master. Although some critics interpreted his venture into gems and jewels as an indication of a descent into true commercialism, many of his pieces were inspired by love of his life and eternal muse, Gala. Dalí was also notably heavily involved in the production of his visionary designs, which were brought to life by Carlos Alemany in his New York workshop in the St. Regis Hotel. Illustrated throughout with vivid color plates of the featured pieces alongside sketches, watercolors, and gouaches that inspired each work; foreword by American art historian and Metropolitan Museum curator Alpheus Hyatt Mayor. Supplemental text brochure laid in with notes by French photographer and Dalí’s longtime secretary Robert Deschernes and Japanese painter Masuo Ikeda. Text in Japanese, English, and French. Fine in unclipped dust jacket, Item #3009