Elliott H. King
Art Historian & Salvador DalĂ­ 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 internationally recognized authority on surrealism in the twentieth century with an expertise in the art of Salvador Dali, a subject in which he has specialized for over two decades.

A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate from the University of Denver, Dr. King received his M.A. with distinction in dissertation 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), the most complete monograph surveying Dali's work with film, and the forthcoming co-edited volume, Radical Dreams: Surrealism, Counterculture, Resistance (Penn State University Press, 2021). His curatorial work and catalogue publications include Dali/Halsman (Morohashi Museum of Modern Art, Fukushima, Japan, 2020), Magritte: Reflections of Another World, Paintings from the Van Parys Family (Baker Museum of Art, Naples, FL, 2019-20), Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting (High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 2012), and Dali: The Late Work (High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 2010). Dr. King has also contributed to the accompanying catalogues for exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, the National Gallery of Victoria, The Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli. Since 2016, he has been a founding board member of the International Society for the Study of Surrealism.

In addition to his university teaching, Dr. King regularly lectures on subjects related to Dali and surrealism and serves as a consultant for academic projects, television documentaries, and museum exhibitions. He has been interviewed by many media channels, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ARTNews, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, and the BBC.

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.