Photo Diary: In Wonderland, surrealist women at LACMA.


Las dos Fridas, 1939, by Frida Kahlo.


Rainy Day Canape, 1970, by Dorothea Tanning.


I Have No Shadow, 1940, by Kay Sage.

LACMA has a beguilingly weird show of surrealist artists up: In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women in Mexico and the United States tracks surreal art in North America during the middle years of the 20th century. There’s some freaky dark stuff in the show (including a picture by Lee Miller that show mastectomied breasts on a plate). But it also has its charmingly bizarre parts (love the Tanning stuffed couch piece above). And it includes little-known works by well-known artists. Definitely worth it if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary.

In Wonderland is up through May 6th.



Birthday, 1942, by Dorothea Tanning.


Detail from Birthday. The show had lots of animal-monsters in it.


Portrait of C.Y., 1947-49, by Louise Bourgeois.


Detail of The Chrysopeia of Mary the Jewess, 1964 by Lenora Carrington. This lady had to have been a total weirdo.


The Courtship, 1949, by Gertrude Abercrombie.


Portrait de famille, 1954, by Dorothea Tanning.


Papilla estelar, 1958, by Remedios Varo.


Shattered color, 1947, by Lee Krasner.


Someone needs to do a show of Dorothea Tanning’s 1960s-70s sculptures. This shit is off the hook. Above, Xmas, from 1969.


Los Encarcelados, 1965, by Bridget Tichenor.


If I was going to paint a self-portrait, this is what it would look like: Lenora Carrington’s 1937-38 Self-Portrait. Check out her hair! (Sorry about the glare. Damn glass.)

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