Dorothea Tanning @ Wendi Norris

Dorothea Tanning, Faith, Surrounded by Hope, Charity, and Other Monsters, 1976,
Dorothea Tanning, Faith, Surrounded by Hope, Charity, and Other Monsters, 1976, oil on canvas, 45 3/4 x 35 inches (courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris)

DeWitt Cheng reviews a recent exhibition of works by Dorothea Tanning at Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.

Cheng writes that "Tanning created a forceful combination of erotic danger and allure...  A push-pull between attraction and repulsion powers the abstract images of tangled, submerged female figures, flying or falling that evolved in her 'prism' or 'insomnia' paintings from the mid-1950s... In Faith, Surrounded by Hope, Charity, and Other Monsters (1976), there’s an unmistakable similarity to [Max] Ernst’s grattage paintings of the same period, but Tanning’s vision is darker—more romantic and dramatic."

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