from Georges Hugnet: The Love Life of the Spumifers
November 16–January 28, 2011
Exhibition Opening: November 15, 6 to 9PM at Ubu Gallery
The Love Life of the Spumifers, or La Vie amoureuse des Spumifères, combines Surrealist poetry’s fascination with l’amour and Dada’s tendency towards deliberate grammatical spontaneity and absurdity. Words like bowoodling, friskadoodling and alabamaraminating are concocted by Hugnet to describe the seductive strategies of his imaginary creatures. Each text is dedicated to a different creature, describing how it woos, teases, gropes and molests its intended love conquest. Each Spumifer is illustrated by a gouache “beast,” which is added to an early Twentieth Century vintage “French” photo postcard. The mellifluously painted monsters slyly slither around the bare flesh of the pictured “mademoiselle,” nibbling and tickling, arousing her sexual desire. Hugnet’s illustrations seduce the viewer, parodying the human pursuit of love and lovemaking through these adorable grotesques.
cover art by Georges Hugnet
Published to commemorate the 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition at the Burlington Galleries in London. Essays by Herbert Read, André Breton, Hugh Sykes Davies, Paul Éluard and Georges Hugnet. Reproductions of work by Hans Arp, Constantin Brancusi, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy and numerous others.
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[this version was published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, c.1960]