The Average Bureaucrat, Salvador Dali, 1930.
Surrealism is one of my favorite categories of art work. Not that I am a big fan of placing artists into a category/box/etc, but regardless, Salvador Dali is king of that realm from where I stand. The height of my nerdiness can be seen when I visit museums… and when I saw Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War) [check it out here] in Philladelphia a couple years ago I was temporarily paralyzed. The colors, the imagery, the perfect size of the piece… I was thoroughly impressed. At that moment I was choked up, didn’t respond to anyone around me, and like many other moments in museums before this one, I realized that this is what I live for.
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”
– Salvador Dali