Surreal Friends: Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna
Surreal Friends brings together for the first time the works of three women surrealist artists. friends in exile in Mesico in the 1910s: British painter Leonora Carrington. Spanish painter Remedios Varo and Hungarian photographer Kati Horna.
Leonora Carrington came to Mexico in the 1910s when her love affair with Max Ernst was interrupted by outbreak of the Second World War. In Mexico City she found herself liberated from her English upper-middle-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 artists and writers including Frida Kahlo and Octavio Paz.
Remedios Varo arrivedin Mexico City in 1911. having fled Nazi-occupied France with her lover, the French Surrealist poet Benjamin Poet. 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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This is the catalogue of an exhibition held at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, devoted to three women Surrealist artists: Leonora Carrington, Remedious Varo and Kati Horna. Each of these three had to flee Fascist Europe in the 1940s and fled to Mexico, which had taken the decision to give asylum to refugees from Fascism during the Spanish Civil War. The three women came to Mexico in 1943 and fell into the circle of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo (who was sceptical about them). Each had fine Surrealist credentials as well as more general artistic achievements; Horna, for example, was Hungarian-born but did a lot of reportage and photomontage work in Spain during the Civil War and was encouraged by Robert Capa. Carrington still ives in Mexico City at the age of 93 and is revered by the Mexican establishment as one of their greatest living artists.
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review of Surreal Friends by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - February 1, 2012 According to the inner jacket blurb: "Surreal Friends brings together for the first time the work of three women Surrealist ... Read full review
Foreword Stefan van Raay and Mchola Johnson
Leonora Carrington Remedios Varo and Kati Horna Stefan van Raay THE EUROPEAN YEARS
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