New York

Dorothea Tanning

Kent Fine Art

Dorothea Tanning’s paintings present visual impressions, sensations, and visions that defy strict categorization. Her evocative, mysterious images hearken back to a primordial consciousness that is sometimes translated into recognizable pictorial idioms. This show features some of Tanning’s best work from the years 1961 to 1987, work that is consistently daring and haunting. Her latest pieces are as fresh and lucid as ever, executed with fluid linework and intuitive coloration.

One essential reason for Tanning’s constancy is her belief in the supremacy of imagination over logic. By exploring her own imagination as it relates to a collective human understanding, she has been able to approach each picture with a sense of inquisitiveness. Tanning’s clarity of vision comes across because of her excellence of craft. Aspects of her refined draftsmanship from the ’40s and ’50s reappear in Notes

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