Eileen Agar


Accompanying the first major retrospective of one of Britain’s most underrated and vital Surrealist artists


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Eileen Aigar (b.1899 Buenos Aires; d.1991 London) is an often overlooked but crucial figure within the development of European twentieth-century culture. Throughout her 80-year career she synthesised elements of both cubism and surrealism to create a unique personal style suffused with intelligence, wit, irreverence, and emotion through a century of huge social and political change. Previously appraised in relation to her connections to better-known male figures of British and European modernism such as Paul Nash, Ezra Pound, Roland Penrose and Paul Eluard, this first major survey of her work will place her firmly as a pioneering surrealist artist in her own right, illuminating her progressive attitudes to making, sexuality and art history. This timely monograph will feature rarely-seen work, as well as new contributions by writer Marina Warner, poet Daisy Lafarge and Aigar’s biographer Andrew Lambirth.

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Weight 1082 g
Dimensions 21.9 x 25.5 cm
Publisher name Whitechapel Gallery
Publication date 22 July 2021
Number of pages
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Text by Marina Warner and Andrew Lambirth
Dimensions 21.9 x 25.5 cm
Weight 1082 g


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Laura Smith: curator at Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Grace Storey: assistant curator at Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Dame Marina Sarah Warner, DBE, FRSL, FBA, English novelist, short story writer, historian and mythographer known for her many nonfiction books relating to feminism and myth.
Daisy Lafarge: works across poetry, fiction, criticism, theory and visual art, and is an editor at MAP and a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow.
Andrew Lambirth: Agar's biographer, as well as a writer, critic and curator who has written on art for a number of publications, including the Sunday Telegraph, Spectator, Sunday Times, Modern Painters and the Art Newspaper.