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Angels Of Anarchy: Women Artists And Surrealism [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Patricia Allmer
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1 Aug 2009
Surrealism, and in particular its women practitioners, has undergone a resurgence of interest in the past decade as evidenced by numerous exhibitions in the world s leading museums. Now, 90 years after the birth of Surrealism, comes the most comprehensive study yet of the women who contributed so much to this fascinating movement. Angels of Anarchy reconsiders the art-historical tradition of women Surrealists. It draws on an international range of artists, including Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller, Dora Maar, Meret Oppenheim, Leonora Carrington, Francesca Woodman and Emmy Bridgwater, to investigate how their practices responded to, developed, enriched, and even subverted the conventions and traditions of art history. One hundred colour images by thirty artists are accompanied by essays that illuminate fascinating aspects of the Surrealist approach. By presenting these important artists side-by-side for the first time, Angels of Anarchy allows for an unprecedented appreciation of the variety and depth of these artists' contributions to the field of Surrealism and art in general.

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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (1 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791343653
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791343655
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 21.8 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 841,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Allmer is Research Fellow in Art History at the Manchester institute for Research and innovation in Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University in England. She is the author of René Magritte: Beyond Painting.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Women Artists and Surrealism 9 Sep 2011
This book is the catalogue of an exhibition held at the Manchester Art Gallery from September to January 2009/2010

Women Surrealist artists are less well known than their male counterparts such as Magritte, Miro, Dali etc..

This comprehensively illustrated catalogue covers the life and works of, Marion Adams, Eileen Agar,Lola Alvarez Bravo, Rachel Baes, Elisa Breton, Emmy Bridgewater, Leonora Carrington, Ithell Colquhoun, Nusch Eluard, Josette Exander, Leonora Fini, Jane Graverol, Valentin Hugo, Frida Kahlo,Greta Knutson, Jacqueline Lamba, Dora Maar, Emila Medova, Lee Miller, Meret Oppenhim, Grace Pailthorpe, Mimi Parent, Valentine Penrose, Edith Rimmington,Kay Sage, Penny Slinger, Eva Svankmajerova, Dorothea Tanning, Toyen, Remedios Varo and Francesca Woodman.

Several of these artist I had never heard of before or knew very little about. Complete with seven essays the book is a major contribution to this field.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book with Chadwick's 10 Dec 2011
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Anyone wanting to learn about the fine women artists associated with the Surrealist movement of the 1920s through 1950s should buy both this book and Whitney Chadwick's Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement. The two perfectly complement each other, making up for each other's weaknesses. Chadwick's text is extensive and well written, describing the women's lives and relationships to the primarily male, and often misogynist, movement and its members in detail, but only 20 of its numerous illustrations are in color, and many of the rest are small. The text of Allmer's book, by contrast, consists only of seven critical essays on various aspects of some of the women's art, plus one-paragraph biographies of the artists at the end--but it contains 141 beautiful, full-page color plates of the artists' work, plus 50 smaller illustrations, many of which are also in color. Therefore, the best plan is to read Chadwick to learn who the women are but turn to Allmer to see their art.

Allmer's book is based on an exhibit at England's Manchester Art Gallery in 2009 and 2010 that claims to be the first major international group exhibition in the UK and Europe of twentieth-century women Surrealist artists. It covers not only well-known Surrealist artists, such as Frida Kahlo and Leonora Carrington, but less famous ones, including Emmy Bridgwater and Valentine Penrose. It also includes some more recent women artists whose work is similar to that of the earlier women Surrealists, such as Francesca Woodman.

The essays examine selected women Surrealists' use of classic artistic themes such as homes and other interiors, still lifes, and animals. With the pleasant exception of the one by Mary Ann Caws, I found them so full of Crit-speak as to border on unreadable. (If one more person used the word oneiric, I thought I would scream.) They do, however, lead the reader to examine the discussed art works carefully, sometimes picking up details that the casual eye had missed, which is a good thing.
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