Surreal Friends: Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna

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Lund Humphries, Jun 28, 2010 - Art - 144 pages
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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 ... Read full review


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Foreword Stefan van Raay and Mchola Johnson
Leonora Carrington Remedios Varo and Kati Horna Stefan van Raay THE EUROPEAN YEARS

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Stefan van Raay is Director of Pallant House Gallery and was previously Senior Curator of Art at Glasgow Museums and Head of Exhibitions at the Van Gogh Muscum in Amsterdam.
Joanna Moorhead is an award-winning journalist and author who writes for UK newspapers including the Guardian, the Times, the Independent on Sunday and the Mail on Sunday.
Tercsa Arcq is an art historian based in Mexico City, who most recently curated the Remedios Varo retrospective (2008) and the Alice Rahon retrospective (2009) at the Musco de Artc Moderno in Mexico City.
Sharon-Michi Kusunoki is an art historian and Curator andArchivist of the Edward James Foundation. She curated the Edward James Foundation. She curated the Edward James retrospective at Brighton Musecum and Art Gallery.
Antonio Rodriguez Rivera is a Mexican anthropologist who has rescarched the Mayan and Zapotec cultures. He is also an artist, who in 2007 2008, was the first Xilitla scholar at the Edward James Foundation/West Dean College.