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Number of Pages: 296

Genre: Art

Sub-Genre: Individual Artists

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Taschen

Book theme: Artists' Books

Language: English

Street Date: November 28, 2017
TCIN: 78118208
UPC: 9783836567725
Item Number (DPCI): 247-77-4522


Hot on the heels (or lobster claws) of the best-selling Salvador Dal� phenomenon, Les d�ners de Gala, TASCHEN presents the artist's equally surreal and sensual viticulture follow-up: The Wines of Gala. A Dal�nian take on pleasures of the grape and a coveted collectible, the book sets out to organize wines "according to the sensations they create in our very depths." Through eclectic metrics like production method, weight, and color, the book presents wines of the world in such innovative, Dal�esque groupings as "Wines of Frivolity," "Wines of the Impossible," and "Wines of Light."

Bursting with imagery, the book features more than 140 illustrations by Dal�. Many of these are appropriated artworks, including various classical nudes, all of them reconstructed with suitably Surrealist, provocative touches, like Jean-Fran�ois Millet's The Angelus, one of Dal�'s favorite points of reference over the decades. Dal� also included what is now considered one of the greatest works from his late "Nuclear Mystic" phase, The Sacrament of the Last Supper (1955), which sets the iconic biblical scene in a translucent dodecahedron-shaped space before a Catalonian coastal landscape. Dal� was by this stage a devout Catholic, simultaneously captivated by science, optical illusion, and the atomic age.

The first section is dedicated to "Ten Divine Dal� Wines," an overview of 10 important wine-growing regions, while the second develops Dal�'s revolutionary ordering of wine by emotional experience, instead of by geography or variety. Rather than any prescriptive classification, it's a flamboyant, free-flowing manifesto in favor of taste and feeling, as much a multisensory treat as a full-bodied document of Dal�'s late-stage oeuvre, in which the artist both reflected on formative influences and refined his own cultural legacy.Winner of the 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

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