Salvador Dali at Meller Merceux Gallery in Oxford. Salvador in Oxford. From May 7 to June 18, 2013. If you have the chance, don’t miss it. Dali Always worth!
Meller Merceux is set to unveil a collection of signed works by surrealist artist Salvador Dali, comprising the first ever show dedicated to the artist at a private gallery in Oxford. Art aficionados are gearing up to celebrate sought-after works on paper which only very rarely come onto the market.
Gallery Director Aidan Meller says, “It’s my job to track down rarities which will get the public excited about art. After fourteen years in the business this is the most important body of work I’ve had the pleasure of exhibiting. We’ve had several works by Dali come through the gallery in recent years, and they’ve been very popular, but never anything like this. To have thirty signed works at one go is highly unusual.”
Hundreds of thousands of people visit Dali museums in Florida and Catalonia every year. His popularity with the general public is equalled only by the sway he holds over collectors. This was evidenced by the sale at auction this February of the artist’s Portrait of Mrs Harrison Williams for over £2m. The forthcoming exhibition at Meller Merceux is an opportunity to acquire Dali works at an affordable price before – as art market experts have suggested – his prices realign with those paid for works by Pablo Picasso.
Dali is one of an elite group of visual artists who transcended the limits of the art world to become icons of popular culture. At a time when psychoanalysis was still a new discipline, his art took the grandeur and ambition of Renaissance painting and added to it symbolic objects which evoke the logic of the unconscious mind. In recent years Dali has been recognised not just as a modernist master but as a fore-runner of Pop, conceptual, and performance art, a sign that his influence is here to stay.
Meller Merceux Gallery web page http://www.mellermerceux.com/
See also Yareah magazine tribute to Salvador Dali with paintings and videos of this genial Spanish artist http://yareah.com/salvador-dali-tribute/