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This was the first Tanning exhibition since Birthday and Beyond, the retrospective that the Philadelphia Museum of Art mounted in 2000 to mark their acquisition of Tanning’s celebrated 1942 self-portrait, Birthday.  In the 1940s, when she was one of the painters in Julien Levy’s stable, Tanning painted within the idiom of surrealist representation. By the mid-50s, her work had radically changed.  As Tanning explains, “Around 1955 my canvases literally splintered . . . I broke the mirror, you might say.”  The Insomnias — the group takes its name from a painting of the same title that Tanning made in 1957 — are forays into the realm of conjured energies. They represent a forceful shift at a particular, postwar moment that continues to reverberate today.

Essays by Dr. Charles Stuckey and Richard Howard

 

Kent Gallery, New York, 2005. 

80 pp.  14 color plates.

ISBN: 1-878607-95-2

 

$14.95