Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Flying Saucers and Art: Part I
Meret Oppenheim, artist, 1936
Here's an interesting piece on UFOs, flying saucers and art from 1997: Indeed They Have Invaded. Look Around, by Phil Patton for the NY Times:
But the flying saucer myth also seemed to grow from the earlier, more profound sense of dream and dislocation of Dada and Surrealist art. In 1920's, Meret Oppenheim had covered a saucer -- along with a teacup and spoon -- with fur to produce one of the classic Dadaist objects.
That work seemed to emerge from the same sensibility that produced Man Ray's giant lips in the sky and Magritte's suspended bowler hats.
Patton has a different and interesting perspective, looking at a variety of cultural artistic