Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me: The Memoirs of Carlos Lozano Hardcover – Illustrated, 18 May 2000
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Carlos Lozano's sexy, eyewitness account of life with Dali is described in a colourful, energetic style that touches the sublime and the magnificent. The combination of his story and the breathtaking style of his collaborator, the award winning writer Clifford Thurlow, combine to create a book that is truly memorable. For once, names are named and, the veil of hype and mystique that so often surrounded Dali is blown away for all to see. Once we started, we couldn't put it down! EXHIBIT:A - International Art & Literature Journal, April 2000 -- EXHIBIT:A - International Art & Literature Journal, April 2000
The Surrealist painter deliberately lived his life to complement his deceptive and illusory art. By the end, it was so close to being a confidence trick in itself that historians and biographers have had to struggle to separate fact from the sexual fantasy. Lozano's book is now set to bring the voice of an eye witness to the Salvador Dali myth - and to all the orgiastic gossip about the past. Vanessa Thorpe - The Observer February 20th, 2000. -- Vanessa Thorpe - The Observer February 20th, 2000
From the Author
Revealed: the intimate secrets of Salvador Dali.
Salvador Dali was the 20th century's most important artist. Okay. There's Picasso; Marcel Duchamp. But for suspending time in the Persistence of Memory, for appealing to our subconscious fears and frustrations in the Metamorphosis of Narcissus, for pure unadulterated personality, Dali is peerless. He was a circus. The big top was always full. He was always on stage: the clown, the magician, the man on the high wire and up there in the white heat of the spotlight what we see is an image, a shadow, a spectral secret few people were invited to share. Carlos Lozano was one of the select. They connected as young boys connect. Sometimes they were naughty boys. They played. They were always friends and within the bounds of this friendship, Carlos was enriched by insights that reveal the broadest range of emotions, the private terrors and the moments of self-doubt that make up the complex portrait of art's most intriguing practitioner. Dali hated pornography. He loved eroticism. Surrealism, drawing upon the insights of Freud, wanted to unlock human sexuality. Salvador Dali was its greatest exponent. As he said and more than once: The only difference between me and the surrealists is that I am a surrealist. It was a privilege for me to be allowed to share Carlos Lozano's unique story and write his memoirs in Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me. It is, I hope, surreal, erotic and lots of fun.
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Top Customer Reviews
Thurlow effortlessly gets the reader to empathise with Lozano - the poor boy from Barranquilla. First as a dancer and latterly as a gallery owner Carlos Lozano retains a closeness to Dalí that enables him to understand the great eccentric like few others - and in a much more rounded way. Thus the reader is drawn into Dalí's circle of friends, hangers on, assorted eccentrics and their lives on a daily basis in a way that few other books on Dalí have managed to capture.
The zeitgeist is beautifully evoked with vignettes such as George Harrisons's head popping over a wall and Dali thinking he was an assassin, or Keith Richards accusing Lozano of stealing his coat. It also touchingly recounts the slow decline of Dalí and Gala through Lozano's eyes - a part of the book where the affection of Lozano for his long time friend and the life that this friendship gave him is written with skill and sensitivity.
The reader will be drawn into this Sex, Surrealism, Dalí and Me, regardless of any prior knowledge of Lozano or Dalí, because it stylish, well crafted, elegantly written and most importantly a cracking read.
This classically written book ably describes Dali's multifaceted personality as he lives his life accompanied by his special friend Carlos Lozano an actor from Colombia. For those who saw Dali only as an exhibitionist it lays bare his vulnerability pouring scorn on his detractors; Andre Breton anagrammatically referred to him as Avida Dollars for his addiction, as he saw it, to extravagance and money.
In his biography, Sex, Surrealism, Dali and Me, Clifford Thurlow stylishly portrays the life and times of a genius. It is a book you will find difficult to put down. Truly, Salvador became the divine Dali...forever.
His sex life was bizarre. His thought processes were bizarre. Yet the description of his life made me feel sad, because Dali was incapable of being intimate with any other person, resulting in such loneliness. This is in spite of the reputation he acquired...
This is a juicy book, with stories about Smantha Eggar, Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner and his wife, among others. Dali's sexual adventures, if they can be called that, are explained. His pick-up line to a beautiful young woman is certainly original.
Was Dali insane? Was Dali gay? The book, like Dali, is full of contradictions. I took my time to read it, and now I want to take a second look at his artwork, but with fresh insight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sex and lots of it but more a commentary of the later life of poor DALI!Published 22 months ago by Edmund Dantes
A hugely entertaining read, offering an interesting and very different viewpoint compared to the myriad of books already written about the genius that was Dali. Read morePublished on 28 May 2012 by davo rhinehart
This is one of the most exciting books I have read about Dali given that it is such a personal memoir of the wonderful actor, dancer and gallerist I have ever met. Pure genius. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2009 by Marsha Chase
A mesmerising account of one man's sojourn in the court of Dali - poetic and beautiful, and gives a glorious insight into one of the greatest artists of our time. Read morePublished on 16 May 2005