Work of the Week | Dorothea Tanning, Early Politics, 1988

8 March 2021

Dorothea Tanning, Early Politics, 1988. Ⓒ Artists Rights Society, New York, and ADAGP, Paris. Courtesy of The Destina Foundation, New York Tamares Group in collaboration with Zabludowicz Collection and Alison Jacques, London. Photo: Michael Brzezinski
Dorothea Tanning, Early Politics, 1988. Ⓒ Artists Rights Society, New York, and ADAGP, Paris. Courtesy of The Destina Foundation, New York Tamares Group in collaboration with Zabludowicz Collection and Alison Jacques, London. Photo: Michael Brzezinski

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Dorothea Tanning's trailblazing career is an inspiration this #InternationalWomensDay. Self-taught, Tanning paints what lurks in the shadows, her poetic female figures own their sexuality and control their desires. Throughout her six-decade career, Tanning stayed true to her vision and fought to be seen as an artist on her own terms.

Dorothea Tanning (25 August 1910 – 31 January 2012) was an American painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer, and poet.

Explore artists in the Zabludowicz Collection here. This International Women's Day we are looking back at the work of Maria Lassnig, Isa Genzken, Rachel Harrison, Linder, Ericka Beckman, and Sarah Lucas.

Katy Hessel's wonderfully addictive podcast The Great Women Artists features interviews with artists and art lovers. We're loving her recent chat with illustrator and artist Polly Nor, and Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himi‪d‬.

Are you a professional identifying woman working in the arts? The Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA), AllBright and Marguerite have all created support networks and collaborative communities.

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