Elliott H. King
Art Historian & Salvador Dalí Scholar


For a full list of publications, teaching posts, and other professional activities, please refer to Elliott King's curriculum vitae.

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Professional Biography

Dr. Elliott H. King is an Associate Professor of Art History at Washington and Lee University, where he teaches courses on European and American art, 1750 to the present. His research focuses on Surrealism in the twentieth century, with expertise in the work of Salvador Dali.

A Colorado native, Dr. King received his B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Denver, his M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and his Ph.D. from the University of Essex. His publications include Dali, Surrealism, and Cinema (Kamera Books, 2007), Dali: The Late Work (High Museum of Art with Yale University Press, 2010), and contributions to Dali exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Tate Modern, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2010, he was Guest Curator of the critically acclaimed exhibition, Dalí: The Late Work, at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and he also served as Consulting Curator for the exhibition Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting at the High Museum of Art in 2012; together these two exhibitions received nearly 619,000 visitors.

In addition to his university teaching, Dr. King regularly lectures on subjects related to Dali and Surrealism (e.g.,Dali's 1950s 'Nuclear Mysticism', Dali and science, Surrealism in film/cinema) and serves as a consultant for academic projects, television documentaries, and museum exhibitions. Please send comments, inquiries, or media requests by following the 'Contact' link or emailing eking@dalistudies.com.

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*Please note that Dr. King is neither an appraiser nor an authenticator of Dali's works, and he is unable to provide information as to works' value and/or authenticity. If you have a graphic (lithograph, engraving, etc.) and would like to have it evaluated, there are many other experts who will be able to help you. Options include The Salvador Dali Society; The Dali Archives; and Bernard Ewell, A.S.A.