IT IS SALVADOR DALI'S INFAMOUS COOKBOOK OF
1973, LE DINERS DE GALA.
WRAPPED IN DECORATED
GOLD COVERS, IT IS VISUALLY OVER-
INDULGENT AND SUPER ENJOYABLE. THE OPPOSITE
OF TASTLESSNESS: IT MUST BE... TASTEMORENESS!
This book is borderline disgusting! We have added the 'borderline' as an acknowledgement that some people reading this may well find it aesthetically pleasing and may consider recipes for avocado and lambs brains on toast wholly palatable! We don't know any of these people personally but that is not to say that they do not exist!
All consuming! That is the best double page we have seen maybe EVER! What is that all about?!!! It's like every meal, every birth, life and death off all living creatures in one HIDEOUS picture! We love it. The toothbrush is beyond Jeff Koons. The beak in the teeth of the woman's mouth on the neck of a bird... we give up! We are visually stuffed!
Serious case of the munchies. It is possible that Dali himself had a head full of biscuits. The text is equally mad / maddening: "If I hate that detestable degrading vegetable called spinach it is because it is shapeless, like Liberty." Of very distinct shape is the grilled lambs head (note: the recipe
here is not for the lovers of living lambs!). But the book is for lovers of visual virtuosity. Tastemoreness itself!
Aaagh! The vegetarian option! That appears to be some kind of cauliflower cheese pasta log! And then there's the shoe. Bloody hell, this book is GOOD, BAD and UGLY! See more of it on this greatest of all IDEA
AND THERE IS MORE. OF COURSE THERE IS MORE!! DALI: A STUDY OF HIS ART-IN-JEWELS. AND THIS COPY IS SIGNED TOO!
It is a fine line between good and bad taste and Dali was always very careful not to cross it. He remained firmly on the bad side for his whole career! If he ever got close, though, it was with this project... ish.
OK so it's not that tasteful but it is SUPERCOOL! Ruby red lips and teeth like pearls. Dali writes (in the third person of course): "It remained for Dali to translate this poetic cliche into a true surrealistic object" and, we are guessing, a brooch.
And that is the crown jewel right there. A huge double page Dali signature and a very nice 1971 to go with it. A work of art indeed.
The crux of the matter. A 'Hypnogenic vision' as Dali himself describes this Lapis Lazuli Cross. Enjoy the book here on another
astounding slideshow. It is a new aesthetic. It is not modernism nor postmodernism; more super real than surreal. It is just gloriously OTT!