Staley-Wise Gallery’s “Real and Surreal” exhibition celebrates Surrealism’s imaginative manipulations of reality and its witty explorations of gender, sex and style. In her New York Times review of Horst P. Horst’s retrospective at Staley-Wise Gallery in 1996, Sarah Boxer notes that “Horst’s elegant fashion shots owe a considerable debt to Surrealism”, and this is evident in the photographer’s compositions of models’ disembodied appendages attired in gloves and hats of the era and the participants wearing Salvador Dali’s elaborate costumes for his “Dream of Venus” pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair.
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