1910 b. Aug 25th in Galesburg, Illinois.
American painter, printmaker, sculptor and writer
She designed sets and costumes for ballet and theatre.
My work is about leaving the door open to the imagination.
1930 Moved to Chicago.
1932 Moved to New York.
1936 Saw "Fantastic, Dada, and Surrealism" show at the Museum of Modern Art.
Influenced by Hindu dancing, 'Bhagvad Gita', Emily Dickinson, and Coleridge.
1938 Saw Guernica.
Met Arshile Gorky.
1939 Went to Paris, just four weeks before Hitler started his March.
Went to her uncle in Stockholm and took the last boat out of
Gothenburg in September.
1942 exhibited with the Julien Levy Gallery.
Self-portrait Birthday ~> as suggested by Max Ernst.
Through Levy introduced to, Yves Tanguy, Kurt Seligmann,
Robert Motherwell, Peggy Guggenheim, Max Ernst.
1943 Jan; Shows in Exhibition by 31 Women at Peggy Guggenheim's
Art of this Century in New York.
Spends time in Sedona -> with Max.
1946 m. Max Ernst in joint ceremony
with Man Ray and Juliet Browner.
Mixed with Andre Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Joan Miro and
became friends with Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Joseph Cornell,
Dylan Thomas ~>,
Truman Capote ~> and choreographer George Balanchine ~>.
1947 Provides original artwork for the catalogue of Le Surrealisme en 1947
or Please Touch at Galerie Maeght, Paris.
1949 Returned to France and stayed there for 28 years.
Receives a rose from Pablo Picasso
During the '40s and '50s, she created costume designs for George Balanchine ~>.
1952 Dorothea Tanning, Some Roses and their Phantoms -
1953 With Max Ernst at Farley Farm for Christmas.
Also present Lee Miller, Robert Penrose?, Antony Penrose, Diane Deriaz,
Dominique Eluard, Caroline Eluard, Valentine Penrose, Timmie O'Brian,
Terry O'Brian, Patsy Murray, Paula Murray, James Dugan.
1955 Around 1955 my canvases literally splintered . . .
I broke the mirror, you might say.
1955 Irving Penn photograph ->.
1970 Began making sculptures in the early '70s -- fabric and cloth pieces
that conjured up limp ballet-dancing forms.
1974? Retrospective at the Centre Pompidou organized by Pontus Hulten.
1976 Death of Max Ernst.
1978? - 1979 Tanning returned to New York.
Formed a friendship with Pultizer Prize-winning poet James Merrill.
1986 Began to write and published her first book, a collection of
reminiscences called "Birthday," after her most famous painting.
2000? Selected for inclusion in "The Best American Poetry 2000".
2002? Feb 11; Tanning's paintings and sculpture are featured in
"Surrealism: Desire Unbound," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
2004? Her most recent novel is Chasm.
2005? New York gallery published a new monograph entitled
2012 d. Jan 31st. in Manhatten, New York. See obituary ->.
Recollections (From ->) : -
Max Ernst: - His humor. Ironic, amused, bemused. We laughed a lot.
Even today, I have to keep from finding things absurd, which mostly
they are. At the same time I'm crying my eyes out.
Andre Breton: - Severely: "Dorothea, do you wear that low neckline just to
Rene Magritte: - Sweet.
Truman Capote: - A neat little package -- of dynamite.
Orson Wells: - Scowler.
Joseph Cornell: - The courtly love of the 13th century troubadours.
Dylan Thomas : - How could anyone resist his bardic exuberance, his dithyrambs?
Marcel Duchamp: - Peerless.
Pablo Picasso: - One time when I was at his house, Juan-les-pins, for an
afternoon visit, we stood at the kitchen door yard for farewells and he broke
off the last flower from an old rose bush and handed it to me. How would you
James Merrill: - Best poet, best friend, best fun. He died much, oh much, too
soon: seven whole years ago.
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