"Endgame: Duchamp, Chess and the Avant-gardes" is on view at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona through January 22, 2017.  The exhibition features Dorothea Tanning's Chess Tournament at Julien Levy Gallery, January 6, 1945, a collage which immortalizes the event using photographs taken by Julien Levy.

"Dalí, Ernst, Miró, Magritte...Surreal Encounters from the Collections of Edward James, Roland Penrose, Gabrielle Keiller, Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch," is on view at the Hamburger Kunsthalle through January 22, 2017, and will then travel to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, in Spring 2017. The show features the painting Eine Kleine Nachtmsuik (1943), which was once in the collection of Roland Penrose.

“65 Works Selected by James Welling: Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts,” at David Zwirner Gallery, New York is on view through January 28, 2017. The show includes the drawing Fiesta (1980).

Dorothea Tanning's installation piece Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 (Poppy Hotel, Room 202) (1970-73) is on view in the exhibition "An Imagined Museum. Works from the Centre Pompidou, the Tate and the MMK" at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, through March 27, 2017.

In "The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism," The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University traces the movement's history and continuing influence.  On view through April 3, 2017, the exhibition includes the painting Nue endormie (Sleeping Nude) (1954).

"Disobedient Bodies: J.W. Anderson at the Hepworth Wakefield," will be on view at the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, London, March 18 - June 18, 2017.  For this exhibition, the fashion designer Jonathan Anderson, will present sculptures together with fashion pieces and objects of craft and design to explore artistic visions of the  human form.


Catriona McAra has just published a monograph entitled A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning's Chasm (London: Routledge, 2017).  As part of Routledge's "Studies in Surrealism" series, the book explores the artist's literary and visual work within a framework of cultural and feminist theory.  Dr. McAra has also recently published the essay "Emma's Navel: Dorothea Tanning's Narrative Sculpture" in Intersections: Women Artists/
(Patricia Allmer, ed., Manchester University Press, 2016, pp. 91-111).  The title refers to the sculpture Emma, 1970.

Sienna Freeman has just published “Pulled, Stitched, and Stuffed: Materiality and the Abject in Dorothea Tanning’s Soft Sculpture” in Sightlines, the journal of the Department of Visual and Critical Studies of California College of the Arts (2016, pp. 17-29). The essay focuses on the installation piece Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 (Poppy Hotel, Room 202) (1970-73).

The Spring 2016 issue of A Public Space includes a portfolio of Dorothea Tanning's writings entitled "Dreams of A Year." This selection focuses on the period c. 1947, when she was living in Sedona, Arizona, and includes the short story "Dream It Or Leave It" (an English translation of "Rêvez-le ou ne le lisez pas" that was first published in French in 1947), journal notes, and letters to artists Muriel Streeter and Joseph Cornell. 

Phaidon Press has just published Art Is the Highest Form of Hope & Other Quotes by Artists (2016), a compilation that includes these words of Dorothea Tanning:  “Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity.”


We are looking for information about a number of paintings in the effort to fully document Dorothea Tanning's work for a catalogue raisonné.  If you have seen any of these paintings, please contact us.

Concerning Wishes (1942)

Le Petit Marquis (1947)

Angel in Mauve and Orange (Study for Anges gardiens) (1947)

Les Infatigables (The Indefatigables) (1965)