LACY SOTO | DATE 2/24/2024
Join Artbook at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Bookstore at 3 PM on Saturday, February 24 for the Los Angeles book launch of 'Exquisite Dreams: The Art and Life of Dorothea Tanning' published by Reaktion Books. Author Amy Lyford will be in conversation with Amelia Jones, with book signing to follow. Join in-person or livestream on Instagram at @artbookhwla. Register for the event and order a signed copy here!
Dorothea Tanning (1910–2012) has for decades been known primarily as a Surrealist, but Exquisite Dreams shows how the work of this passionate, dynamic, and voraciously curious artist is impossible to categorize. Tanning’s lesser-known but equally powerful sculptures, abstract paintings, and films are explored here, and her writings, biography, and art are examined in the contexts of twentieth-century developments in advertising, fashion, popular culture, and art in New York and Paris.
Using new archival sources and analyses of Tanning’s work in a variety of media, Amy Lyford broadens our understanding of the artist and illuminates her stunning diversity and achievement. This richly illustrated book is an important contribution to the history of women artists, gender, and sexuality studies, as well as the history of Surrealism.
Amy Lyford is Arthur G. Coons Professor in the History of Ideas at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She is the author of Surrealist Masculinities: Gender Anxiety and the Aesthetics of Post-World War I Reconstruction in France (2007) and Isamu Noguchi’s Modernism: Negotiating Race, Labor, and Nation, 1930–1950 (2013, 2018).
Amelia Jones is the Robert A. Day Professor and Vice Dean of Research at the Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California. She is the author of many books, including Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts and the coedited anthologies Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History and Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories.
ARTBOOK AT HAUSER & WIRTH LOS ANGELES BOOKSTORE
'Exquisite Dreams: The Art and Life of Dorothea Tanning' with Amy Lyford and Amelia Jones
Saturday, February 24: 3 PM PST
917 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Click here to pre-order a signed copy