Alongside the Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery exhibition (on view at the WAG September 27, 2014 - January 25, 2015), the WAG is presenting Dali Up Close to further celebrate Dali's debut in Winnipeg. Showcasing two distinct aspects of the Surrealist master, the exhibition includes an early Surrealist painting completed prior to 1950, and a later work indicative of his so-called "Classical" period. This multi-media show also brings to Winnipeg some 30 photographs of the artist taken in collaboration with the well-known photographer Philippe Halsman in the early 1950s. In addition to being iconic themselves, these photographs underscore Dali's savvy management of self-image, and anticipate both Pop and contemporary Performance art. Dali Up Close also includes a rare selection of jewelry designed by Dali, his preparatory painting for Hitchcock's psychological drama Spellbound (1945), a drawing he created for an illustrated version of Shakespeare's Macbeth, and much more.
Image credit: Philippe Halsman (American, 1906-1979). Yes, but don't try to uncover my secret (Dali's Mustache), 1954. Silver gelatin print. © Philippe Halsman Archive, New York City