Dally With Dali

The endlessly entertaining self-promoter drops in to Coral Springs.

The exhibition boasts exceptional text panels that provide context for the paintings, even if they're occasionally a little overly fond of the term masterwork. Then again, Dali himself sometimes seemed to anticipate viewers' propensity to read too much into his works by giving them wonderfully lengthy titles that spell everything out: Dionysus Spitting the Complete Image of Cadaques on the Tip of the Tongue of a Three-Storied Gaudinian Woman(1958-60), Velazquez Painting the Infanta Margarita with the Lights and Shadows of His Own Glory (1958), Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in Their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra(1936).

An artist as productive and diverse as Dali — and certainly an artist as intellectually playful and even perverse — can hardly be summed up in one or two exhibitions, no matter how ambitious. But the Coral Springs Museum has done an admirable job of providing a glimpse into the work of one of the 20th Century's most infinitely intriguing artists.


Dali's The Hallucinogenic Toreador: Critical opinion fluctuates wildly, but his art is unforgettable.
Dali's The Hallucinogenic Toreador: Critical opinion fluctuates wildly, but his art is unforgettable.

While you're there, be sure to check out the museum's International Peace Garden. Several months ago, director O'Keefe brought in not one but three artists in residence — Armen Agop (Africa), Lothar Nickel (Europe), and Roy Patterson (North America) — to contribute to this project, with all three working out on the grassy knoll in front of the Coral Springs Center for the Arts to complete their contributions. Their sculptures are nothing less than spectacular. And also be sure to venture off the path to examine these big, beautiful chunks of stone up close and personal. It's one of the few times you'll be welcome to run your hands over such lovely works of art.

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