Hardback224 PagesSize: 270 × 228 mm
Includes 167 colour and 33 b&w illustrations
ISBN: 9781848221741Publication: April 30, 2020

'Transformations is the fullest and most nuanced account of her trajectory as an artist to date.' – Michael Glover, Hyperallergic

Dorothea Tanning


Victoria Carruthers


  • First stand-alone survey of the work and life of artist, writer and poet Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012) 
  • Tanning is a key figure in the history of modern art, with her work featuring in premier international collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Modern Museet, Stockholm; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • Produced in collaboration with the Destina Foundation and the artist's Estate

This is a definitive study of US artist Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012), positioning her as one of the most fascinating and significant creative forces to emerge during the 20th century. It provides a framework within which to consider the range and depth of Tanning's work, well beyond the better-known early Surrealist works of the 1940s, and makes connections between her life experiences and thematic preoccupations.

Extensively illustrated and featuring unpublished material from interviews which the author conducted with the artist between 2000 and 2009, this book will appeal to the general museum-going public as well as academics, students, curators and collectors.

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