Dorothea Tanning, Faith, Surrounded by Hope, Charity, and Other Monsters, 1976, oil on canvas, 45 3/4 x 35 inches (courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris)
DeWitt Cheng reviews a recent exhibition of works by Dorothea Tanning at Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.
Cheng writes that "Tanning created a forceful combination of erotic danger and allure... A push-pull between attraction and repulsion powers the abstract images of tangled, submerged female figures, flying or falling that evolved in her 'prism' or 'insomnia' paintings from the mid-1950s... In Faith, Surrounded by Hope, Charity, and Other Monsters (1976), there’s an unmistakable similarity to [Max] Ernst’s grattage paintings of the same period, but Tanning’s vision is darker—more romantic and dramatic."
Andrew Russeth reports on the death of Surrealist painter and poet Dorothea Tanning.
Russeth writes that "Ms. Tanning, active as an artist for some eight decades, is perhaps best known for the Surrealist paintings she produced in the 1940s and ’50s. Like Magritte, her work often took the form of realistic depictions of disturbing, surreal situations... Later in her career, Ms. Tanning's work became increasingly abstract, and she experimented with other mediums, like sculpture, printmaking and weaving. By the 1980s, she became increasingly focused on her writing, publishing numerous poems and two memoirs."
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