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Dorothea Tanning
Some Roses and Their Phantoms
1952
Tate Collection
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R.I.P. Dorothea Tanning

UTTERLY POSSESSING
by Jerry Saltz

Dorothea Tanning died on Jan. 31, 2012, at the age of 101, and pieces of history died with her. Artist, poet, wife of Max Ernst from 1946 until he died in 1976, and (along with Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, Kay Sage, Lee Miller, Maya Deren, Remedios Varo and Leonor Fini) one of a group of great women Surrealists, she was at the center of a movement that was a vicious mill for women. Among the surrealists, females -- while "allowed" to be artists -- were often also relegated to the sidelines of neglected or beset mistresses, muses and madwomen.

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