Monday, August 6, 2012

Dau Al Set

Remembering: Dau Al Set (The Seven-Sided Dice)
"Dreams of Eude", M Cuixart, 1959
Dau Al Set was an association of Spanish artists founded in Barcelona in 1948 and active until 1953; it published a periodical with the same name. They were abstractionists but not necessarily modernists. This is a very important distinction. The most significant members were the the symbolist philosopher and art critic J. Eduardo Cirlot, poet Arnoldo Puig, and four painters— Modesto Cuixart, Joan Ponç, Antoni Tàpies, and Joan José Tharrats.
Although the relationship between Dau Al Set and the Franco administration was at times fractious somehow these creative philosophers and artists found a way to co-exist when many others left for exile in France. At times General Franco even praised the work of this group proclaiming Modesto Cuixart, “...our new Goya” while other times his government criticized them. Perhaps by keeping a calculated distance from these avant-garde artists Franco allowed them to grow and come into their own. A perverse but effective relationship.
The philosopher Juan Eduardo Cirlot would write an important book on symbols during this period. “A Dictionary of Symbols” is still in print and remains a popular resource.

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