Dorothea Tanning
Dorothea Tanning
Editor Alyce Mahon
Contribution by Ann Coxon, and Idoia Murga Castro
  • Imprint: Tate Publishing
  • Publication Date: September 10, 2019
  • Price: $40.00
  • Trim Size: 8 x 10 14
  • ISBN: 978-1-84976-643-2
  • EAN: 9781849766432
  • Page Count: 208
  • Illustrations: 100 color and 25 b&w illustrations
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rights: US and Canada

A major retrospective of the seven-decade career of Dorothea Tanning, the multifaceted artist who pushed the boundaries of surrealist art

American artist Dorothea Tanning (1910–2012) redrew the boundaries of surrealism. She first encountered the movement in New York in the 1930s, and in the 1940s, she married fellow painter Max Ernst and moved to the Arizona desert. Although surrounded by a vast landscape, her paintings from this time depict claustrophobic domestic spaces.

From Paris in the 1950s, Tanning’s paintings became more abstract. In the 1960s, she created uncanny soft sculptures featuring contorted and intertwined bodies, connecting her lifelong interest in music and dance. In Dorothea Tanning, Alyce Mahon provides a comprehensive overview of Tanning’s multilayered career. Idoia Murga Castro considers Tanning’s love of ballet, and Ann Coxon explores Tanning’s influence today.

About the author

Alyce Mahon teaches modern and contemporary art history at the University of Cambridge. Idoia Murga Castro is a tenured researcher at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid. Ann Coxon is curator of displays and international art at Tate Modern in London.