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In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States

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Filled with a wide array of illustrations, this book offers a fresh perspective on surrealism as it spotlights the important role that North American women artists played in the movement. The surrealist movement in art is most often identified with male artists, many of whom objectified women in their paintings, casting them as sexual or symbolic ideals. Conversely, the ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 11th 2012 by Prestel Publishing
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Miriam
Jul 19, 2016 Miriam rated it really liked it
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A decent introduction, although it suffers from trying to cover too much. Surrealism in post-war Mexico and surrealism in 1960s America, for instance, aren't so closely connected that the need to be in the same study, necessarily. I liked the more focused Surreal Friends: Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna more.

Now, here are some pictures that I wish came with novels:


remedios varo, escape


sylvia fein, lady with white knight


maya deren, meshes of afternoon


muriel streeter, chess queens
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Grady
Feb 04, 2012 Grady rated it it was amazing
A Timely, Controversial Exhibition Catalogue

IN WONDERLAND is due to open at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art this month and promises to be one of the fines exhibits presented by this now formidable institution. The subtitle is revealing: THE SURREALIST ADVENTURES OF WOMEN ARTISTS IN MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES as this exhibition fills a significant gap in our studies of the Surrealist Art movement; women artists have all but been excluded in the ranks of the Surrealist School. Now, thanks t
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Yvonne Thälker
Aug 03, 2015 Yvonne Thälker rated it it was amazing
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This book is truly amazing. It is both a beautiful coffee table book and a useful one for research. It covers so many different women surrealists, and covers a range of topics regarding them...family life, relationships to each other and male surrealists, their inner lives and inspirations, etc. There are separate chapters for artists working in Mexico, artists working in the United States and surrealist photography. This is a great book for Surrealist art or women artist novices to dive right ...more
Denver Public Library
Nov 26, 2016 Denver Public Library rated it it was amazing
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Having spent a good deal of time trying to immerse myself in as much surrealist media as possible (not just painting but photography, writing, and games), I am awed at what this collection covers. Works by some of the best known women surrealists, Louise Bourgeois and Frida Kahlo, are mixed in with those that did not experience the same levels of fame. This collection explores what it meant to embrace surrealism and blends in the struggle of being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated art ...more
Tanya
Oct 27, 2014 Tanya rated it really liked it
It was incredibly hard to part with this library book. I will have to add it to the long wish list. The essays included are what you would expect in a catalogue- far too all-encompassing and sweeping to really grab you. The essayists really had to strain to draw parallels between these divergent artists. Luckily, the works depicted were fantastic. I originally got the book to explore Leonora Carrington. I've now found a deep love of Dorothea Tanning, Remedios Varo, and a few others. An absolute ...more
Cristina
Jun 13, 2013 Cristina rated it it was amazing
All my dreams in a book. If only if only if only, I'd seen this exhibition in person. I believe that this book would appeal to anyone who enjoys any one of the following: well designed art catalogues, surrealism, latin american art, women artists, history, art history, women, art, books. Okay so... that's you isn't it?
Shawn Marie Hardy
Jan 26, 2013 Shawn Marie Hardy rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book for surrealists and lovers of surrealism. It's an oversized coffee table book that is chock full of beautiful full-color illustrations. Informative, interesting, and a must-have for fans of the genre. I enjoyed the little bios at the back of the book.
Nick Bachman
Sep 16, 2015 Nick Bachman rated it it was amazing
It was a beautiful exhibition at LACMA and the book captures most of the magic. Love returning here anytime I want.
Suzanne Lagrande
Sep 17, 2014 Suzanne Lagrande rated it it was amazing
A great collection of surrealist women artists and their work, both well known and many that were new to me.
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