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  • n. Plural form of surrealist.

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Examples

  • The pages that follow are filled with legendary men, the surrealists and cubists and dadaists who shaped bohemian Paris, all of them presented here fighting and eating and jostling to make a living, as well as making love, just like Kiki herself.

    Kiki de Montparnasse by Jose-Luis Bocquet and Catel Muller – review

  • His anti-art provocations, his rages against the bourgeoisie and the wilder flights of his rhetoric into zones of rapturously menacing nonsense were all straight from the Parisian surrealists of the 1920s and their forebears.

    In Praise Of the Gross

  • What is known around the world about Latin American art, she says—the Mexican Muralists like Diego Rivera, the surrealists like Roberto Matta, the overappreciated drama queen Frida Kahlo, and a few contemporary stars like Gabriel Orozco—is shallow and artificially dictated by the art market.

    Derivative Works No More

  • "It's a phenomenon similar to the automatic dictation of the surrealists except that here the flow of consciousness tends to be coherent: a rational enunciation of meanings."

    Jason Silva: On Creativity, Marijuana and "a Butterfly Effect in Thought"

  • The surrealists loved this passage (“The father of Surrealism was Dada; its mother was an arcade,” commented the social philosopher Walter Benjamin, who adored the arcades so much he wrote a thousand-plus-page book about them), perhaps because it also hosts the creepy Musée Grévin, a Victorian holdover still welcoming people fascinated with the greasy gleam of wax museums.

    Paris Under Glass

  • The maddest of existentialists, one of the great surrealists of our time, the king of all he sees, Ali had never before appeared so vulnerable and fragile, so pitiably unmajestic, so far from the universe he claims as his alone.

    Jan Herman: Writers on Fighters

  • In many respects these surrealists were similar to Lewis Carroll's central character -- Alice -- in his famous nonsensical novels.

    Bill Bush: Memento Mori: This Artweek.LA (January 23, 2012)

  • This landmark exhibition highlights the significant role of women surrealists who were active in these two countries, and the effects of geography and gender on the movement.

    Bill Bush: Memento Mori: This Artweek.LA (January 23, 2012)

  • If you think about the surrealists, the estrangement they were trying to create was a political act.

    A life in writing: China Miéville

  • But I realise now that I probably was writing about them all the time, and that one of the reasons I chose to write science fiction at the beginning was that it offered me a way in which I could remake the landscapes of the England I knew in the 1960s and 1970s, in the way that the surrealists worked, to make them resemble unconsciously the landscapes of wartime Shanghai.

    Great voices of science fiction

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  • Oh, ha, ha, ha! Both funny!

    April 8, 2008

  • I like this version better, but I hear this one more frequently:

    Q: How many surrealists (etc)?
    A: Fish.

    See? Not as funny.

    April 8, 2008

  • Q: How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?

    A: Two. One to hold the giraffe, and the other to put the clocks in the bathtub.

    April 8, 2008