Filled with a wide array of illustrations, this book offers a fresh perspective on surrealism as it spotlights the important role that North American women artists played in the movement.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, January 28–May 6, 2012
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, June 7–September 3, 2012
Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, September 27, 2012–January 13, 2013
Published in association with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The surrealist movement in art is most often identified with male artists, many of whom objectified women in their paintings, casting them as sexual or symbolic ideals. Conversely, the female artists of the movement delved primarily into their own subconscious and dreams. This volume features the work of 48 Mexican and U.S.-based women artists whose contributions to the surrealist movement span more than four decades and whose work was both influential and radical in its own right. Thematically arranged, it includes more than 250 full-color images along with several essays exploring the effects of geography and gender on the movement. This unique book illustrates surrealism as a gateway to self-discovery, especially in North America, where women artists were freed from oppressive European traditions and the vagaries of war. From 1931, the year of Lee Miller’s first surreal photograph, to 1968, when Yayoi Kusama presented her landmark happening “Alice in Wonderland” in New York’s Central Park, the artists and works depicted here are both significant and extraordinary in their explorations of personal and universal truths.
ILENE SUSAN FORT is the Gail and John Liebes Curator of American Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Salomon Grimberg is a psychiatrist for children in Dallas and co-editor of the catalogue raisonné of Frida Kahlo's work.