DOROTHEA TANNING, expo en San Francisco.

Dorothea Tanning, Chiens de Cythère (Dogs of Cythera), oil on canvas, 77 1/2 x 117 inches (197 x 297 cm), 1963
“Unknown but Knowable States” comprises over thirty paintings, sculptures and drawings by the late artist Dorothea Tanning (American, 1910-2012). This is a rare opportunity to view the adventurous breadth of Tanning’s prolific art practice through a group of works created between 1960 and 1979 while she was living and exhibiting primarily in France, several of which have never before been exhibited. An eighty-page exhibition catalogue will feature an essay by the Scottish scholar, Catriona McAra, who examines Tanning’s unique vision in the context of art history. With pieces ranging from small intimate studies to canvases of monumental scale, this exhibition will span the entire 5,000 square feet of Gallery Wendi Norris, the first time in the gallery’s history.

This exhibition charts Tanning’s transition from her kaleidoscopic and increasingly abstract paintings of the 1960s through her return to a more figurative mode in the 1970s. In these images, the nude female figure, often partially rendered or veiled, appears within evocative scenes of revelry, peril or repose. Each demonstrates her life-long dedication to the revelation of an inner world that balances ecstasy with despair, and to what she described as a desire to capture “unknown but knowable states.”

Dorothea Tanning’s paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures have been widely exhibited in the US and abroad, and are represented in over fifty museum collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Tate Museum of Art, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, among others. She has published two collections of poetry, Coming to That (2004) and A Table of Content (2011), as well as two memoirs, Birthday (1986) and Between Lives (2001), and a short novel, Chasm (2004).

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