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 

"Dorothea Tanning: Night Shadows," is on view at Alison Jacques Gallery, London, through November 11, 2017. This solo show of the artist's costume and set designs from the 1940s-60s includes designs for George Balanchine's The Night Shadow, which premiered in New York in 1946.

"Threads of Memory: One Thousand Ways of Saying Goodbye" at Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, celebrates the gallery's program and last show at its current location through November 15, 2017.  The exhibition features the painting Visite jaune (Visite éclair) (1960).

"Medusa: Jewellery and Taboos" at The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, includes the gold brooch Mlle. Pieuvre (Miss Octopus) through November 5, 2017.

"We Are Completely Free: Women Artists and Surrealism," at the Museo Picasso Málaga is on view through January 28, 2018, featuring the painting Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1943).

"Bonjour/Au Revoir Surrealisme," is on view at the Louisiana State University Museums of Art, Baton Rouge, through March 25, 2018.  The exhibition celebrates the collaboration of George Visat, master printmaker and publisher of artists' books,  with the Surrealists in mid-20th-century Paris.  



Catriona McAra has published a monograph entitled A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning's Chasm (London: Routledge, 2017). As part of Routledge's "Studies in Surrealism" series, the book explores the artist's literary and visual work within a framework of cultural and feminist theory.

Dr. McAra also recently published the essay "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.

Sienna Freeman has 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).

Phaidon Press has published Art Is the Highest Form of Hope & Other Quotes by Artists (2016), a compilation that includes these words of Dorothea Tanning: “Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity.”


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)