Good taste attempts to curb and control, and surrealism has always resisted it. If we want to understand who we are, what we are made of, and what we desire, then we have to be prepared to pry open the gates. What bursts out can often look excessive—from Starowieyski’s skull people to Ed Fella’s replicating letterforms—but something significant is always revealed. It was surprising, even for me, gathering together this work from the last 80 years, to realize how persistent these visual themes have been. “Uncanny” presents many images of strange, monstrous, and even demonic figures and forms. It also contains a bountiful crop of curiosities, marvels, and wonders. This poorly tended and partly concealed graphic tradition has greatly enriched visual communication. We should cultivate its wild, orchidaceous blooms.
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Cover by James Victore.