The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

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The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

A Surreal Life

  • Author: Joanna Moorhead
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0349008760
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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In 2006 journalist Joanna Moorhead discovered that her father's cousin, Prim, who had disappeared many decades earlier, was now a famous artist in Mexico. Although rarely spoken of in her own family (regarded as a black sheep, a wild child; someone they were better off without) in the meantime Leonora Carrington had become a national treasure in Mexico, where she now lived, while her paintings are fetching ever-higher prices at auction today. Intrigued by her story, Joanna set off to Mexico City to find her lost relation. Later she was to return to Mexico ten times more between then and Leonora's death in 2011, sometimes staying for months at a time and subsequently travelling around Britain and through Europe in search of the loose ends of her tale. They spent days talking and reading together, drinking tea and tequila, going for walks and to parties and eating take away pizzas or dining out in her local restaurants as Leonora told Joanna the wild and amazing truth about a life that had taken her from the suffocating existence of a debutante in London via war-torn France with her lover, Max Ernst, to incarceration in an asylum and finally to the life of a recluse in Mexico City. Leonora was one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s, a founding member of the Women's Liberation Movement in Mexico during the 1970s and a woman whose reputation will survive not only as a muse but as a novelist and a great artist. This book is the extraordinary story of Leonora Carrington's life, and of the friendship between two women, related by blood but previously unknown to one another, whose encounters were to change both their lives.

Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies

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Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies

Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies

  • Author: Ailsa Cox,Roger Shannon,James Hewison,Michelle Man
  • Publisher: Vernon Press
  • ISBN: 1622739086
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 244
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The English born artist and writer Leonora Carrington (1917–2011) has received much critical acclaim and achieved stellar status in Mexico, where she lived and worked for most of her life, having fled Europe via Spain in tormenting circumstances. Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies brings together a collection of chapters that constitute a range of artistic, scholarly and creative responses to the realm of Carrington emphasizing how her work becomes a medium, a milieu, and a provocation for new thinking, being and imagining in the world. The diversity of contributions from scholars, early career researchers, and artists, include unpublished papers, interviews, creative provocations, and writing from practice-led interventions. Collectively they explore, question, and enable new ways of thinking with Carrington’s legacy. Wishing to expand on recent important scholarly publications by established Carrington researchers which have brought historical and international significance to the artist’s legacy, this volume offers new perspectives on the artist’s relevance in feminist thinking and artistic methodologies. Conscious of Carrington’s reluctance to engage in critical analysis of her artwork we have approached this scholarly task through a lens of give and return that the artist herself musingly articulates in her 1965 mock-manifesto Jezzamathatics: “I was decubing the root of a Hyperbollick Symposium … when the latent metamorphosis blurted the great unexpected shriek into something between a squeak and a smile. IT GAVE, so to speak, in order to return.” (Aberth, 2010:149). In adopting her playful conjecture, this publication seeks to bring Carrington and her work to further prominence.

Out of This World

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Out of This World

Out of This World

The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington

  • Author: Michelle Markel
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • ISBN: 9780062441096
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 40
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A gorgeously illustrated picture book biography about the fascinating life of surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, from Michelle Markel and Amanda Hall, the acclaimed team behind The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau. Ever since she was a little girl, Leonora Carrington loved to draw on walls, in books, on paper—and she loved the fantastic tales her grandmother told that took her to worlds that shimmered beyond this one, where legends became real. Leonora’s parents wanted her to become a proper English lady, but there was only one thing she wanted, even if it was unsuitable: to be an artist. In London, she discovered a group of artists called surrealists, who were stunning the world with their mysterious creations. This was the kind of art she had to make. This was the kind of person she had to be. From life in Paris creating art alongside Max Ernst, to Mexico where she met Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Leonora’s life became intertwined with powerful events and people that shaped the twentieth century. Out of This World is the powerful, stunningly told story of Leonora Carrington, a girl who made art out of her imagination and created some of the most enigmatic and startling works of the last eighty years.

Domestic Imaginaries

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Domestic Imaginaries

Domestic Imaginaries

Navigating the Home in Global Literary and Visual Cultures

  • Author: Bex Harper,Hollie Price
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 3319664905
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 215
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This book examines representations of home in literary and visual cultures in the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection brings together scholars working on literature, film, and photography with the aim of showcasing new research in a burgeoning field focusing on representations of domesticity. The chapters span a diverse range of contexts from across the world and use a variety of approaches to exploring representations of home including studies of space, material culture, sexuality, gender, multiculturalism, diaspora, memory and archival practice. They include explorations of the Finnish Suburban home on film, home and the diasporic imagination in Chinese Canadian women’s writing and the archiving practices and photographs used to document the homes of two gay writers from Australia and New Zealand. By bringing together this range of approaches and subjects, the book explores domestic imaginaries as part of a multi-faceted, mutable and amorphous conception of home in a modern, world context. This collection therefore seeks to further studies of home by investigating how the page, screen and photograph have constructed domestic imaginaries – experiencing, critiquing, reconfiguring and archiving home – in a global age.

The Hearing Trumpet

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The Hearing Trumpet

The Hearing Trumpet

  • Author: Leonora Carrington
  • Publisher: New York Review of Books
  • ISBN: 168137465X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 176
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An old woman enters into a fantastical world of dreams and nightmares in this surrealist classic admired by Björk and Luis Buñuel. One of the first things ninety-two-year-old Marian Leatherby overhears when she is given an ornate hearing trumpet is her family plotting to commit her to an institution. Soon, she finds herself trapped inside a sinister retirement home, where the elderly must inhabit buildings shaped like birthday cakes and igloos, endure twisted religious preaching and eat in a canteen overlooked by the mysterious portrait of a leering Abbess. But when another resident secretly hands Marian a book recounting the life of the Abbess, a joyous and brilliantly surreal adventure begins to unfold. Written in the early 1960s, The Hearing Trumpet remains one of the most original and inspirational of all fantastic novels.

After She Left

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After She Left

After She Left

  • Author: Penelope Hanley
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1925384837
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 300
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Surreal Lovers

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Surreal Lovers

Surreal Lovers

Eight Women Integral to the Life of Max Ernst

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9788417048006
  • Category: Artists
  • Page: 376
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This book recounts the life and loves of artists and writers, Leonora Carrington, Peggy Guggenheim, Dorothea Tanning, Leonor Fini, Meret Oppenheim, Gala, Luise Straus and Marie-Berthe Aurenche during their years with Max Ernst. Beginning in Cologne at the outbreak of war in 1914 and the eruption of Dada, it describes the birth and heyday of Surrealism in Paris in the 1920s and ends with its demise in New York in the 1940s. The years in between were a whirlwind that shredded the artists dreams and scattered them around the globe from Cologne, London and Paris, to Saigon, Marseille, Lisbon and New York. Their saga contains episodes of searing passion, madness and betrayal when they made great art and lost, found and abandoned one another in the process. AUTHOR: Margaret Hooks is an Irish writer who has written extensively on the life and work of artists among them Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, Edward Weston, Max Ernst and Edward James. Her books include the award-winning biography Tina Modotti: Photographer & Revolutionary, Frida Kahlo: Portraits of an Icon and Surreal Eden: Edward James & Las Pozas. Her writing has appeared in ARTnews, BOMB, Afterimage, Vogue, Aperture, Elle, The Guardian and The Observer Magazine. 16 images

Surreal Friends

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Surreal Friends

Surreal Friends

Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna

  • Author: Stefan van Raaij,Joanna Moorhead,Teresa Arcq
  • Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781848220591
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 144
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Surreal Friends brings together for the first time the works of three women surrealist artists. friends in exile in Mesico in the 1910s: British painter Leonora Carrington. Spanish painter Remedios Varo and Hungarian photographer Kati Horna. Leonora Carrington came to Mexico in the 1910s when her love affair with Max Ernst was interrupted by outbreak of the Second World War. In Mexico City she found herself liberated from her English upper-middle-class background and from the expectations of the older male Surrealists of whose circle she had been a part in Paris and New York. She made new friendships-with Varo and Horna especially. but also with other refugees artists and writers including Frida Kahlo and Octavio Paz. Remedios Varo arrivedin Mexico City in 1911. having fled Nazi-occupied France with her lover, the French Surrealist poet Benjamin Poet. Until her early death in 1963 she produced a wealth of paintings inspired by the spirit and freedom of Mexico, in which magic, humour and illusion feature strongly. Kati Horna was born in Hungary and moved to Paris to pursue a career as a photographer. With her partner Jose Horna she documented the Spanish Civil War. before moving with him to Mexico City in 1939, In Mexico she became a photojournalist for various newspapers and also took on more personal photography projects, much of this work suffused with a Surrealist thread. For all three women, Mexico offered freedom to explore their art, Surreal Friends tells the fascinating story of their artistic friendship.

This Working-Day World

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This Working-Day World

This Working-Day World

Women's Lives And Culture(s) In Britain, 1914-1945

  • Author: Sybil Oldfield
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 0203451376
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 209
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This is a collection of essays on aspects of British women's lives in the period 1914-1945. Concentrating on women's activities in many different areas ranging from teacher training colleges to women's institutes; the BBC artiste's group to political militancy. "This Working Day World" presents a women's cultural history that is a kaleidoscope of sub- cultures, covering art, fiction, medicine, political racialism and the personal lives of women.