Women artists. There is no such thing—or person. It’s just as much a contradiction in terms as “man artist” or “elephant artist.” You may be a woman and you may be an artist; but the one is a given and the other is you.
                                       – Dorothea Tanning, 1990

Following its presentation at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, "Dorothea Tanning" will open at Tate Modern, London, on February 26.  This major survey of the artist's career will be on view through June 9,and is accompanied by a full catalogue.  Among over 150 works featured in this exhibition is the installation piece Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 (Poppy Hotel, Room 202) (1970-73).

"San Diego Surreal," will be on view at the Oceanside Museum of Art, San Diego from February 23 through June 16.  The exhibition examines contemporary art produced in California in light of Surrealism and the recent resurgence of interest in its artistic and intellectual underpinnings.  It features the lithograph Bâteau bleu (The Grotto) (1950).

“Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein,” has opened at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive through March 3, 2019.  Organized with the Mead Art Museum, Amherst, where it will be on view March 28 - June 2,  the exhibition includes the painting Midi et demi (Half Past Noon) (1956-57).

“Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s,” at the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, will explore the Surrealists’ portrayals of monsters, fragmented bodies, and other depictions of the grotesque as metaphors for the destabilizing consequences of war and psychological fears and fantasies of unbridled power.   On view June 2 - September 29,  the exhibition will feature the painting The Temptation of St. Anthony (1945).

The Menil Collection, Houston, will celebrate new acquisitions of the artist's work in "Collection Close-Up: The Graphic Work of Dorothea Tanning," June 28 through October 19.  The exhibit will include such prints and illustrated books as the lithograph Deuxième péril from the portfolio Les 7 périls spectraux, 1950.




The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid has published a fully illustrated catalogue in conjunction with the exhibition "Dorothea Tanning: Behind the Door, Another Invisible Door." The catalogue includes essays by exhibition curator Alyce Mahon, who gives an overview of the artist's career, and Tate curator Ann Coxon, who explores Tanning's work in light of the legacies of Surrealism and contemporary art practice.  The catalogue is published in Spanish and English.


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)SaveSave