Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse

Surrealism and the Black Dahlia Murder

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Bridging the worlds of high art and true crime, Exquisite Corpse presents a unique perspective on the most notorious unsolved murder case of the twentieth century--the bizarre 1947 killing of Elizabeth Short, better known as the Black Dahlia murder.Unlike previous books on the Black Dahlia, Exquisite Corpse provides a detailed and compelling explanation for the unusual nature of this gruesome killing. Exquisite Corpse reveals, through visual comparisons and historical research, what seem to be profound connections between surrealist art and the Black Dahlia case--both before and after the murder. The evidence includes startling crime-scene and autopsy photographs of Elizabeth Short, rarely seen photographs by Man Ray, and surprising comparisons with a wide range of surrealist artworks. A +web of connections+ indicates a direct link or one degree of separation between the alleged killer and a host of influential people in the arts and film industry in Los Angeles in the 1930s and 40s. A timeline provides a revealing chronology of events surrounding the murder.Exquisite Corpse is a must-read for anyone interested in true crime, art history, Hollywood noir, and the infamous Black Dahlia case.
Publisher: New York : Bulfinch Press, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780821258194
0821258192
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 Nelson
Characteristics: 191 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Bayliss, Sarah Hudson

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wilstyles Jul 27, 2011

This is a very interesting approach to the Black Dahlia Murder - one of the most famous unsolved murders in LA history. Nelson's perspective is that the murderer posed Elizabeth Short's (the Black Dahlia) corpse to mimic Surrealist paintings and photography, and that the murderer may well have been in the surrealist artistic circle. Fascinating. And gruesome crime scene photos that made for interesting reading on public transportation.

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