Bibliography of Writings by Dorothea Tanning


"Blind Date."  VVV, nos. 2-3 (March 1943), p. 104 (with reproductions of Birthday and Children’s Games on pp. 105-106).


"Birthday."  Abstract and Surrealist Art in America.   Exhibition catalogue.  New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1944, p. 107.


"Statement."  Bel Ami International Art Competition and Exhibition of Paintings by Eleven American and European Artists.  Exhibition brochure.  Washington, D.C.: The American Federation of Arts, Barr Building, 1946, p. 28.


"Rêvez-le ou ne le lisez pas."  Translated by Jeannine Lambert.  Les Quatre Vents, no. 8 (1947), pp. 84-93.


"Abyss."  Zero: A Quarterly Review of Literature and Art, nos. 3-4 (Autumn 1949-Winter 1950), pp. 138-150.

"Legend," in “About Max Ernst: At Eye Level, Poems and Comments.”  Max Ernst: 30 Years of His Work, A Survey, Exhibition catalogue. Beverly Hills: The Copley Galleries, 1949, p. 16. 


"Chronology."  Dorothea Tanning.  Exhibition brochure.  New York: Alexandre Iolas Gallery, 1965, unpaginated.


"Note Bibliographique."  La Peinture de Dorothea Tanning. Paris: Jean-Jacques Pauvert Éditeur, 1966, pp. 149-154.


"Note Biographique."  Dorothea Tanning.  Exhibition catalogue.  Geneva: Galerie Alexandre Iolas, 1969, p. 4.


"Souvenirs."  Dorothea Tanning: Oeuvre. Retrospective exhibition catalogue. Paris: Centre National d'Art Contemporain, 1974, pp. 6-13.


Oiseaux en péril.  Prose by the artist with eight color etchings by Max Ernst.  Paris: Editions Georges Visat, 1975.


"Dorothea, ses jeux, son enfer..."  Dorothea Tanning: Numéro Special de XXe Siècle.  Paris: Editions XXe Siècle, 1977, pp. 5-15.


"Dorothea Her Lights and Shadows (A Scenario)."   Translated from XXe Siècle, Paris, September, 1977.  Reprinted in Dorothea Tanning: 10 Recent Paintings and a Biography.   Exhibition catalogue.  New York: Gimpel-Weitzenhoffer Gallery, 1979.  View PDF


Worlds in Miniature: Max Ernst and His Books.  Exhibition brochure.  New Haven: Yale University Library, 1983.  View PDF


Birthday.  Santa Monica: The Lapis Press, 1986.


Födelsedag.  (Swedish language edition of Birthday).  Stockholm: Bokförlaget Trevi, 1988.


"Some Parallels in Words and Pictures."  Pequod: A Journal of Contemporary Literature and Literary Criticism, Nos. 28-30 (1989), pp. 167-173. View PDF 

Birthday.  (French language edition).  Paris: Christian Bourgois, 1989.


Untitled statement.  Dorothea Tanning: “Messages.”  Exhibition catalogue.  New York: Nahan Contemporary, 1990, p. 21.

Birthday.  (German language edition).  Cologne: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1990.


"Statement."  Surrealism and Women.  Mary Ann Caws, Rudolf Kuenzli, and Gwen Raaberg, eds.  Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1991, p. 228.


"Chronology" and notes on works.  Dorothea Tanning: Hail Delirium!  A Catalogue Raisonné of the Artist’s Illustrated Books and Prints, 1942-1991.  Roberta Waddell and Louisa Wood Ruby, eds.  New York: The New York Public Library, 1992.


"Souvenirs."  Dorothea Tanning.  Retrospective exhibition catalogue.  Malmö, Sweden: Malmö Konsthall, 1993.

Birthday.  (Japanese language edition).  Japan: Saikisha, 1993. 


"Artist’s Chronology" and  "Afterword."  Dorothea Tanning.  New York: George Braziller, 1995, pp. 339-354 and pp. 355-363.

To Paint.  An excerpt from Birthday.  New York: Nadja Press, 1995.


"A Memoir (Charles Henri Ford)."  The Café Review, Vol. 7 (Summer 1996), pp. 9-10.


"The Julien Levy I Knew."  Ingrid Schaffner and Lisa Jacobs, eds. Julien Levy: Portrait of an Art Gallery.  Exhibition catalogue.  Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1998, pp. 15-19.

 "Another Language of Flowers" (Introduction).  Another Language of Flowers: Paintings: Dorothea Tanning; Poems: James Merrill, Harry Matthews, Rosanna Warren, Debora Greger, Adrienne Rich, Anthony Hecht, Richard Howard, J.D. McClatchy, W.S. Merwin, John Ashberry, Steven Yenser, Brenda Shaughnessy. New York: George Braziller Publisher, 1998, pp. 9-11.


Notes on works.  Dorothea Tanning: Birthday and Beyond.  Exhibition brochure. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2000.


"François Hugo."  Claire Siaud and Pierre Hugo, eds. Bijoux d’Artistes/Artists’ Jewels: Hommage à François Hugo.  Aix-en-Provence: Les Cyprès Editeur, 2001, p. 35.

Between Lives: An Artist and Her World. New York: W.W. Norton, 2001.


La Vie Partagée.  (French language edition of Between Lives).  Paris: Christian Bourgois Éditeur, 2002.


Chasm: A Weekend.  New York: Overlook Press, and London: Virago Press, 2004.


"A Letter to the Post Office." Tin House Magazine, Vol. 6, no. 3 (Spring 2005), pp. 191-192.


"Legend."   Exhibition catalogue. Max Ernst: Paramyths, Sculpture 1934 – 1967.  New York: Paul Kasmin Gallery, 2015, p. 17.  Originally published in 1949 in “About Max Ernst: At Eye Level, Poems and Comments” in Max Ernst: 30 Years of His Work, A Survey, exhibition catalogue, The Copley Galleries, Beverly Hills. 


Letter to Muriel Streeter Levy, May 1947.  Published in "Beating Aroung the Bush," Harper's Magazine (June 2016).   

"Dream It Or Leave It," an English translation of "Rêvez-le ou ne le lisez pas" (1947), unpublished journal notes (c. 1947), and letters to Muriel Streeter Levy (1947) and Joseph Cornell (1948) in "Portfolio: Dreams of A Year: Dorothea Tanning,"  A Public Space No. 24 (2016), pp. 12-53. 


De kloof – een weekend.  (Dutch language version of  an English translation of Chasm: A Weekend.)  Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Orlando, 2019.


"To Paint."  Dorothea Tanning: Doesn’t the Paint Say It All?  Exhibition catalogue.  New York: Kasmin Gallery, 2022, pp. 77-81.  Originally published witihin Dorothea Tanning’s memoir Birthday (San Francisco: Lapis Press, 1986), and republished in the limited-edition artist’s book To Paint (New York: Nadja Press, 1995).