Surreal Spaces

The Life and Art of Leonora Carrington

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An illustrated biography of the remarkable and pioneering artist Leonora Carrington, told through the houses and locations that had meaning for her and are fundamental to an understanding of her work

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Joanna Moorhead

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An illustrated biography of the remarkable and pioneering artist Leonora Carrington, told through the houses and locations that had meaning for her and are fundamental to an understanding of her work.

An evocative visual chronicle on the life of Leonora Carrington as seen through interiors, international locations and vintage photographs, this book leads the reader on a personal journey through the many spaces she inhabited and which infused and haunted her art and the people she knew.

Long underrated, Carrington is now considered as one of the vanguard, not only in histories of women artists but also Surrealism; her interests – feminism, ecology and life-enhancing art – are now shared by many. Challenging the conventions of her time, Carrington abandoned family, society and England to embrace new experiences and mix with artists in Europe and America, and to forge her own unique artistic style.

From Lancashire to London, Cornwall to France and Spain, then to Mexico, New York and finally back to Mexico, each place and interior became etched in her memory – whether her grandmother’s kitchen with its giant stove, Parisian caf├ęs, a rural French hideaway, the sanatorium in Santander or her Mexican sanctuary – only to be echoed, sometimes decades later, in her paintings and writings. ‘Houses are really bodies,’ she wrote in her novella The Hearing Trumpet (1974), ‘We connect ourselves with walls, roofs, and objects just as we hang on to our livers, skeletons, flesh and blood streams.’

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Weight 814 g
Dimensions 17.7 x 24.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 June 2023
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 17.7 x 24.8 cm
Weight 814 g

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Joanna Moorhead is a writer and the cousin of Leonora Carrington. She is a journalist who writes for the Guardian, the Observer, The Times and many other publications. In 2010 she co-curated the touring exhibition 'Surreal Friends' on the work of Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna. Her memoir The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington was published in English and Spanish in 2017 ('as strange and haunting as Leonora Carrington's surrealist paintings', Lynn Barber, The Sunday Times). She is the author of eight other books.