[Dorothea Tanning Collection]. Dorothea Tanning, Robert Warner, provenance.
[Dorothea Tanning Collection]
[Dorothea Tanning Collection]
[Dorothea Tanning Collection]
[Dorothea Tanning Collection]
[Dorothea Tanning Collection]
[Dorothea Tanning Collection]

[Dorothea Tanning Collection]

2005. Two books: octavo, publisher's stiff illustrated wraps; small quarto, publisher's stiff illustrated wraps. With: two autograph postcards signed. With: manila mailing envelope addressed by hand.

"Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now." Small archive of Dorothea Tanning material sent to New York collage artist Robert Warner. A painter, printmaker, stage designer, sculptor, and leading Surrealist in Paris and New York, Tanning was noted for diverging from the male-dominated movement by depicting the often violent lived experiences of the female body in her work. She is also known as the longtime creative partner and wife of Dadaist pioneer Max Ernst. Tanning and Ernst first met in 1942 at a party. After he stopped by her studio to consider her work for inclusion in an exhibition of woman artists (curated by his then-wife, Peggy Guggenheim), they became inseparable, dividing their time among Paris, Touraine, and Sedona until Ernst’s death in 1976. She continued to produce visual art into the 80s, before turning to writing and poetry in the 90s and 2000s (although her first short story was published in a Surrealist journal in 1943), with the encouragement of her friend and mentor James Merrill. Her poetry was published regularly in literary reviews, including the Yale Review, Poetry, the Paris Review, and the New Yorker, and she published two books in 2004: a short novel, Chasm: A Weekend and a book of poetry, A Table of Content, an inscribed first edition of which is included in this collection ("For Robert Warner / With Friendly Feelings / from Dorothea / Jan 19, 2005"). Also included are: two postcards from Tanning to Warner expressing gratitude for gifts he had sent; a 1982 edition of Max Ernst's collage-novel A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil (1930) featuring Tanning’s translation; and a collaged Joan Miró postcard by Warner laid in to A Table of Content, all housed in the original mailer addressed and sent to Warner from Tanning on February 14th, 2005 (with a small drawing of a heart in the return address area). Contents fine, mailing envelope worn. A small but charming collection of books and ephemera linking two cross-generational like-minded artists. Item #5201

$550.00

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