Salvador Dali Is like Junk Food

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A recently opened exhibit at The High Art Museum in Atlanta boasts forty of Salvador Dalí's later paintings, some of have "never before been seen in public." While this rare glimpse at the Surrealist master's late work invited local and national attention, at least one critic wasn't so keen on the paintings.

That would be Jed Perl, The New Republic's art critic, who humorously dubs Dalí's paintings "the visual equivalent of junk food." He admits grudging respect for the artist, noting his work's "sicko integrity" and "strangely fermented intellectuality." That said, he refers to Dali as an "authentically crazy person" who painted over precisely rendered "visionary trash."

Here's how Perl explains the connection between the Spanish artist's work and junk food:

The paintings are cosmic junkyards. ... There is much too much in them. There is also far too little. Your eyes are simultaneously over-stimulated and starved for something to look at. This is the visual equivalent of junk food.

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