Dorothea Tanning


Dorothea Tanning’s paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures have been widely exhibited in the United States and abroad, and are represented in over fifty museum collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Tate Modern, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, among others.

Tanning has published two collections of poetry, Coming to That (2004) and A Table of Content (2011), as well as two memoirs, Birthday (1986) and Between Lives (2001), and a short novel, Chasm (2004).

Born in 1910 in Galesburg, Illinois, Dorothea Tanning supported herself as a commercial artist before meeting art dealer Julien Levy, and the Surrealist painter Max Ernst in New York in the early 1940s. A contributing participant to the Surrealist movement, she went on to marry Ernst. She and Ernst lived and worked in the United States2a3 and France during their 34 years together.

Tanning passed away in Manhattan in 2012 at the age of 101. Gallery Wendi Norris has been working with Tanning and her Foundation for a decade, and has exhibited two solo shows of her work.

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