Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

"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.

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, Paris, through March 27, 2017. 

"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.

"Artists and Lovers," a show exploring artistic relationships, is on view at the Ordovas Gallery, New York, through January 7, 2017.  It includes the painting L'Enchanteresse (Temptress) (1959).  

“Surreal / Unreal: Over 100 Works from the 1930s to the Present,” at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, on view through December 24, 2016, includes the lithograph Bâteau bleu (The Grotto) (1950).



New Publications

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).

Catriona McAra has published an essay entitled "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.

A Public Space has published a portfolio of Dorothea Tanning's writings in its Spring 2016 issue.  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. 

Ongoing Projects

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.

Sailor's Dream (1943)

Tempête en Blanc (Tempest in White) (1947) 

Bon Soir