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[BKARTS] Bienes Center's Dali Book Exhibition

The local alternative newspaper for South Florida, The New Times, has designated the Bienes Center's recent Dali book exhibition the: 


"The Inspired Moustache: an Exhibition of Diverse Expressions of Salvador Dali through Books and Memorabilia from the Collection of Rik Pavlescak" (September 20, 2004-January 15, 2005): Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library, Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

It reads:

"There's a reason so many artists resort to naming their works UNTITLED. Titling a work of art can be almost as tricky as creating it. You want to be clever but not TOO clever, striking the right balance between the evocative and the descriptive, between poetry and prose. The same goes for exhibitions, and curators don't have the luxury of leaving one without a moniker. That's why "The Inspired Moustache: An Exhibition of Diverse Expressions of Salvador Dali through Books and Memorabilia from the Collection of Rik Pavlescak" seems to be just about perfect. The "inspired moustache" part is the poetry: an image that all at once summons the artist's appearance along with his affectations and his maniacal creativity. The rest of the title is the prose, precise and descriptive to an almost comical extreme. Best of all, it slyly alludes to Dali's penchant for such flamboyant titles as "Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate One Second Before Waking Up and Soft Construction with Boiled Beans: Premonition of Civil War." 
― New Times, Best of Broward-Palm Beach, v. 8, #29, p. 77.

The printed 64-page exhibition catalog is available for $15.00.

James A. Findlay
Broward County Main Library
Bienes Center for the Literary Arts
The Dianne & Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library
100 S. Andrews Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 USA
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