Beginning in August, Atlanta’s High Museum will exclusively present Salvador Dalí: The Late Work, the first major exhibition to reevaluate the last half of Salvador Dalí’s career. In the late 1930s Dalí underwent a radical change, in which he embraced Catholicism, developed the concept of nuclear mysticism and, in effect, reinvented himself as an artist.
Salvador Dalí: The Late Work, features more than 40 paintings, including Christ of St. John of the Cross, one of Dalí’s most monumental paintings, which hasn’t been viewed in the United States in 50 years. The exhibit, which also includes a related group of drawings, prints and other Dalí ephemera, explores the artist’s enduring fascination with science, optical effects and illusionism, as well as his connections to such artists and celebrities of the 1960s and 1970s as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning and Alice Cooper.
“Salvador Dalí at the High Museum brings together one of the most important groupings of the artist’s later work to ever be shown, and also affords our visitors the opportunity to meet one of the greatest artists and intriguing minds of the twentieth century,” said Michael E. Shapiro, the High’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director. “It will be thrilling for audiences to see the evolution of the world’s best known Surrealist.”
Salvador Dalí: The Late Work is organized by the High Museum of Art in collaboration with the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, Figueres, Spain. The High will be the sole venue for the exhibition, where it will be on view from August 7, 2010, through January 9, 2011.