Leonora Carrington "The Pomps of the Subsoil" 1947
This week, a blockbuster Leonora Carrington exhibition opens at Tate Liverpool, and I wish so much that I could see it. Regardless, it's heartening to witness this surrealist master beginning to get the recognition and institutional accolades she deserves, even if posthumously. May it help new generations of viewers fall in love with her enchanting art works as much as I have. Details:
Tate Liverpool: Exhibition
6 March – 31 May 2015
Adult £8.80 (without donation £8)
Concession £6.60 (without donation £6)
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Tickets for Cathy Wilkes include entry to Leonora Carrington
Leonora Carrington invites you to discover the fantastical creations of the prolific painter and internationally celebrated member of the surrealist movement, Leonora Carrington (1917-2011).
The exhibition explores Carrington’s diverse creative practice, taking a selection of key paintings made throughout her career as its starting point. A prolific painter, the exhibition explores how Carrington established her distinctive take on surrealism. Working alongside other key members of the movement, such as Salvador Dali and Max Ernst, her paintings, filled with eccentric characters which shift between plant, animal, human, objects and everything in between, will remind visitors unfamiliar with her work of her better known peers.
Arguably more famous for her personal life than her art, her biography is almost as unusual as her marvellous creations. The daughter of a wealthy British industrialist, in 1935 she turned her back on her upper-class upbringing in northern England after embarking upon a complicated relationship with Ernst, and via surrealist circles in France and New York, established a unique voice within the vibrant creative culture of Mexico in 1941.
It was in Mexico that Carrington’s practice began to expand and evolve. She filled plays, short stories and textiles with her extraordinary worlds, embracing set and costume design for productions including her own, Penelope. Leonora Carrington will showcase her work in painting alongside examples of poetry, sculpture, tapestry and design for theatre and film.
Refusing to be constrained or restricted by conventional limitations, Carrington’s expanded practice has made her an inspiration to many contemporary artists working across creative channels and platforms. Her patron Edward James commented in 1975 that ‘she has never relinquished her love of experimentation, the result being that she has been able to diversify and explore a hundred or more techniques for the expression of her creative powers’.
Leonora Carrington coincides with the 2015 Year of Mexico in the UK celebrations.
Talks and lectures
Members Weekend: Introduction to Tate Liverpool's 2015 Exhibition Programme
Sunday 7 December 2014, 12.00 – 13.00
Leonora Carrington: Guided tour
Saturday 7 March 2015, 15.00 – 16.00
In Conversation about Leonora Carrington
Wednesday 29 April 2015, 18.30 – 20.30
Member’s Private View: Surreal Landscapes season
Thursday 5 March 2015, 14.45 – 16.45
Member's Curator Talk: Surreal Landscapes
Thursday 5 March 2015, 15.00 – 15.30
Friday 6 March 2015, 18.00 – 18.30
Member’s Guided Tour: Surreal Landscapes
Thursday 5 March 2015, 15.45 – 16.45
Surrealist Family Adventures
Monday 6 – Friday 10 April and Monday 13 – Friday 17 April 2015, 13.30–16.30
Performance and music
Dance Performance Intervention: Imaginarium
Sundays 15 March, 26 April and 10 May 2015, 15.00–15.15 and 16.00–16.15
Courses and workshops
Study Day for Schools and Colleges: Strange Dreams and Funny Creatures – Writing the Surreal
Monday 23 March 2015, 10.00 – 16.00
Leonora Carrington Study Day
Saturday 23 May 2015, 10.30 – 16.30
I don't see a catalog for this show available, but for those of you who are interested, I cannot recommend this monograph more highly, both for the stunning images and the brilliant writing by the extraordinary scholar, Susan L. Aberth: Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy, and Art.