Sure Real

Romantic surrealist feminism is usually in short supply. But at "Beyond the Esplanade," Dorothea Tanning, now 99, exhibits a survey of her work from the 1940s and '50s, which is all that and more. A successful artist in several forms since the 1940s, Tanning is clearly inspired by classic surrealist Salvador Dali, but she makes the form completely her own. Female figures are often the center of her compositions, clothed in a mix of high fashion and natural elements -- we love the seaweed crown on the pensive woman in the painting that lends the show its name.
Nov. 19-Jan. 30, 2009

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