Dorothea Tanning - Transformations - Victoria Carruthers

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Dorothea Tanning: Transformations by Victoria Carruthers / ISBN 9781848221741 / 224-page hardcover with 200 images, 9 x 10.5 inches, published in 2020 / The first stand-alone survey of the work and life of artist, writer, and poet Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012).


This is a definitive study of US artist Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012), positioning her as one of the most fascinating and significant creative forces to emerge during the 20th century. It provides a framework within which to consider the range and depth of Tanning's work, well beyond the better-known early Surrealist works of the 1940s, and makes connections between her life experiences and thematic preoccupations.

Extensively illustrated and featuring unpublished material from interviews which the author conducted with the artist between 2000 and 2009, this book will appeal to the general museum-going public as well as academics, students, curators and collectors.

Victoria Carruthers is Senior Lecturer in modern and contemporary art history and theory at the Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia. Her research explores the intersections between art, literature, and music across visual cultures in the twentieth century. Victoria completed her doctoral thesis on the work of Dorothea Tanning and has published several articles on her practice. She was fortunate enough to visit the artist on a number of occasions and enjoy many lengthy conversations on her life and work.

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