In her own words...

"All Hallows' Eve"

Be perfect, make it otherwise.
Yesterday is torn in shreds.
Lightning's thousand sulfur eyes
Rip apart the breathing beds.
Hear bones crack and pulverize.
Doom creeps in on rubber treads.
Countless overwrought housewives,
Minds unravelling like threads,
Try lipstick shades to tranquillize
Fears of age and general dreads.
Sit tight, be perfect, swat the spies,
Don't take faucets for fountainheads.
Drink tasty antidotes. Otherwise,
You and the werewolf: newlyweds.


"Dorothea Tanning: Behind the Door, Another Invisible Door," a major survey of the artist's career, is on view at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid through January 7, 2019, and will then travel to Tate Modern, London, February 26 - June 9, 2019.  It's accompanied by a full catalogue published in Spanish and English.  Among over 150 works featured in this exhibition is the installation piece Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 (Poppy Hotel, Room 202) (1970-73).

"Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings" is at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge through December 9, 2018. The exhibition considering feminist perspectives on landscape, domesticity, and identity in modern and contemporary art through the lens of Woolf's writings, and includes the painting Agripedium vorax Saccherii (Clog Herb) (1997) 

"Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde" is on view at London's Barbican Art Gallery through January 27, 2019. The exhibition features the paintings Rapture (1944).



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.


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.

Concerning Wishes (1942)

Le Petit Marquis (1947)

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

Les Infatigables (The Indefatigables) (1965)SaveSave