Surreal Eden, by award-winning author Margaret Hooks, with photos by Sally Mann, Michael Schuyt & others traces the trajectory of Edward James; poet, art patron and architect of 'Las Pozas' - a homage to surrealism in a subtropical rain forest in Mexico's Sierra Huasteca.
Surreal Eden: Edward James & Las Pozas is the story of a frustrated artist who attempts to build an earthly paradise and ends up creating an outstanding work of art - a spectacular mountainside monument to surrealism where brightly colored concrete structures vie for space with the lush vegetation that surrounds and threatens to absorb it.
This illustrated biography includes images by renowned photographers who have photographed Las Pozas, and Edward James and his circle over the years. It includes a series of previously unpublished photos of Las Pozas by Sally Mann, as well as images by Man Ray, E.O.Hoppe, Michael Schuyt, Lourdes Almeida & others.
Critical Acclaim for 'Surreal Eden':
'Surreal Eden' does what many good art biographies and histories do: remind us of what gets forgotten and left out of 'official' canons.
James's architectural art had no use beyond its own fantastic forms. It was both process and spectacle, and inspiration for inspiration.
- The New York Times
... a visually luscious book, the art writer ... Margaret Hooks provides a monument to James's fantastical life and works and a blueprint for his subconscious ...
- Vogue Living
In the first of a series covering new photography titles Bookforum rounds up the most noteworthy of the coming season ... Margaret Hooks’s Surreal Eden: Edward James & Las Pozas ... mixes the quixotic and the personal ... documenting the eccentric vision quest of Edward James and the “secret city” that he built near Xilitla in Mexico.
Surreal Eden: Edward James & Las Pozas
Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 2007, 208pps., w'ills., chron., biblio., index, Hardcover. ISBN:1568986122
Also Published in a Spanish Edition:
Edward James y Las Pozas: Un sueño surrealista en la selva mexicana
Turner, Mexico City, 2008 w' ills., Hardcover. ISBN: 8475066712