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.
SF Examiner, Murray Paskin
February 20, 2013
SFAQ, Kendall George
January 12, 2013
February 25, 2011
2013 / ISBN: 97806157206652000
An 80-page exhibition catalogue is available which includes an introduction by Wendi Norris and an essay by Dr. Catriona McAra. Dr. Catriona McAra completed her doctoral thesis on the art and literature of Dorothea Tanning in History of Art at the University of Glasgow (Scotland), and is currently Research Assistant in Cultural Theory at the University of Huddersfield (England). She is working on her first monograph, a visual reading of Tanning’s novel Chasm: A Weekend
2009 / ISBN: 9780982393246
52 page catalog with essay by Amy Lyford. Amy Lyford is Associate Professor of Art History at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Her first book, “Surrealist Masculinities: Gender Anxiety and the Aesthetics of Post World War I Reconstruction in France,” was published by the University of California Press in 2007. She is currently completing a second book entitled “Negotiating Labor, Race, and Nation: Isamu Noguchi’s Modernism, 1930 – 1950,” also with The University of California Press.