Surreal Friends

Surreal Friends : Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna

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Surreal Friends brings together for the first time the work of three women Surrealist artists, friends in exile in Mexico in the 1940s: British painter Leonora Carrington, Spanish painter Remedios Varo and Hungarian photographer Kati Horna.
Leonora Carrington fled to Mexico in the 1940s when her love affair with Max Ernst was interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War. In Mexico City she found herself liberated from her English upper-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 from war-torn Europe and with Mexican artists and writers including Frida Kahlo and Octavio Paz.
Remedios Varo arrived in Mexico City in 1941, having fled Nazi-occupied France with her lover, the French Surrealist poet Benjamin Peret. 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 210 x 260 x 16mm | 862g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Includes 70 colour and 60 b&w illustrations
  • 1848220596
  • 9781848220591
  • 353,186

Table of contents

Contents: Magical Friends; Foreword; Surreal Friends: Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna, Stefan van Raay; The European Years: Leonora Carrington, Joanna Moorhead; Remedios Varo, Teresa Arcq, translated by Michelle Suderman; Kati Horna, Joanna Moorhead; The Mexican Years: Surreal Friends in Mexico, Joanna Moorhead; Mirrors of the Marvellous: Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo, Teresa Arcq, translated by Michelle Suderman; Surreal Encounters: Leonora Carrington and Edward James, Correspondence and Friendship, Sharon-Michi Kusunoki; Mexico 1939-2010, Antonio Rodriguez Rivera; Notes; Picture credits; Selected Bibliography; Index
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'...this important publication illustrates many rarely seen works...this volume's distinctiveness and usefulness...Recommended.' -Choice
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About Teresa Arcq

Stefan van Raay is a former Director of Pallant House Gallery and was previously Senior Curator of Art at Glasgow Museums and Head of Exhibitions at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Joanna Moorhead is an award-winning journalist and author who writes for UK newspapers including the Guardian, the Times and the Independent on Sunday. Teresa Arcq is an art historian based in Mexico City, who curated the Remedios Varo Retrospective (2008) and the Alice Rahon Retrospective (2009) at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City.
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