A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm by Catriona McAra

By Catriona McAra

In A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm, Catriona McAra deals the 1st severe research of the literary paintings of the distinguished American painter and sculptor Dorothea Tanning (1910–2012). McAra fills an important hole within the scholarship, repositioning Tanning’s writing on the centre of her whole inventive oeuvre and concentrating on a little-known brief tale "Abyss," a gothic-flavoured, barren region event which Tanning labored on intermittently all through her artistic lifestyles, ultimately publishing it in 2004 as Chasm: A Weekend.

McAra plays an incredible reassessment of the visible and literary ideas upon which the surrealist circulate used to be at the start based. Combining a groundbreaking methodological method with regards to cultural concept and feminist aesthetics in addition to Tanning’s unpublished journals and notes, McAra unearths Tanning as a key participant in modern artwork perform in addition to within the old surrealist milieu.

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