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When Salvador Dalí Dressed - and Angrily Demolished - a Department Store Window in New York City (1939)

10 days ago   |   By Open Culture

If you want to understand the history of art in twentieth-century America, you can't overlook the corner of Fifth Avenue and 56th Street in New York City. No, not Trump Tower, but the building it replaced: Bonwit Teller, the luxury department store that had stood on the site since 1929. Then as now, any shop on Fifth Avenue has to find a way to set itself apart, and by 1939 Bonwit Teller had built a “reputation for having Manhattan's screwiest window displays.” So says Time magazine , covering a minor debacle that year over one of the installations by “the world's No. 1 surrealist...
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