Contemporary Surrealistic

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Contemporary artists, such as Glenn Brown and Inka Essenhigh, continue the legacy of Surrealism, creating works that draw upon psychoanalysis, free-association, dreams, and the unconscious. A cross-disciplinary movement lasting from 1924 to roughly 1945, Surrealism spanned painting, sculpture, photography, poetry, and film—and today’s heirs of this art historical movement similarly work across media. For example, Canadian contemporary artist Marcel Dzama produces set designs for art film and ballet that transplant the viewer into a dark and fantastical universe; and Kim Keever takes swirling photographs that capture the element of chance. Not bound to a specific style, like their predecessors, contemporary surrealistic artists employ a wide variety of techniques to illustrate the fantastical mind of the artist.

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