Exhibition highlights include a mystical portrait of an animal-human goddess, Untitled, by Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) from the late 1960s; a Mannerist-inspired painting mourning infertility, L'envers d'une geographie, by Leonor Fini (1907-1996) from the early 1960s; and a dreamlike nocturne, Sulky Lion, 1943, by Stella Snead (1910-2006).
Also on view are works by Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930-2017), Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977), Aube Elléouët (b. 1935), Kati Horna (1912-2000), Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), Helen Lundeberg (1908-1999), Teresa Pagowska (1926-2007), Kay Sage (1898-1963), Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012), Bridget Tichenor (1917-1990), and Manina Tischler (1918-2010), among others.
The accompanying, fully-illustrated catalogue includes essays by Gloria Orenstein, a Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California; and Patryk Tomaszewski, an art historian at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Orenstein noted, "I have been fortunate to know women Surrealists such as Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini, and their work speaks to me on so many levels both spiritually and viscerally. I am thrilled that Heather James Fine Art, New York, is helping to re-examine their place in art history by spotlighting their multiform contributions, along with those of lesser-known colleagues working in the U.S. and abroad."
"Since opening in New York two years ago, Heather James Fine Art continues to expand its program of thought-provoking exhibitions about influential artists whose important legacies have been overlooked, or whose work deserves a closer look. We think this is the perfect time to recontextualize both Surrealism's history and impact by examining the important contributions to the movement made by remarkable women artists in many parts of the world," said Montana Alexander, Partner, Heather James Fine Art, New York.