The R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport presents Dali Prints from "Alice In Wonderland," now on exhibit through August 31st. The exhibit can only be viewed Saturdays and Sundays.
Back in the 1930s, critic William Empson wrote of the novel’s protagonist, “Alice has, I understand, become a patron saint of the Surrealists.” So, naturally, when Maecenas took on a new version, they commissioned the most famous living Surrealist, Dali. The special edition book was to contain twelve heliogravures (one for each chapter) in addition to an original etching signed by Dali, all housed in a custom clamshell box. Heliogravure is the oldest procedure for the reproduction of photographic images, invented by Joseph Nicéphore Niepce of France in the early 19th century. It belongs to the same family of intaglio printing techniques as etching, engraving, and aquatint. The process involves two steps. First, a complex photochemical process creates the intaglio surface: the photographic image is etched upon a specially prepared copper plate. Then, the finished plate is placed on a hand-turned press and the image printed onto dampened etching paper with special inks.
Gallery hours for this exhibit are Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 - 5 p.m.