Bibliography of Writings by Dorothea Tanning


1943

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

1944

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

1946

"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.

1947

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

1949

"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. 

1965

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

1966

"Note Bibliographique."  Dorothea Tanning. Paris: Jean-Jacques Pauvert Éditeur, 1966, p. 152.

1967
1969

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

1975

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

1977

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

1979

"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

1980
1983

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

1986

Birthday.  Santa Monica: The Lapis Press, 1986.

1988

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

1989

"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.

1990

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

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

1991

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

1992

"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.

1993

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

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

1995

"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.

1996

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

1997
1998

"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.

2000

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

2001

"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.

2002

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

2004

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

2005

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

2015

"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. 

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. 

2019

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