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Still crazy after all these years

The first major international exhibition of surrealist art by women in more than 60 years opens in Manchester. It was worth the wait

By Hermione Eyre   October 2009

Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism

26th September to 10th January 2010, Manchester Art Gallery

Women are often the subjects of surrealist art: dismembered, deliquescent, with doors in their stomachs, breasts for eyes and so forth. More elusive, however, are women as proponents of surrealist art. Lee Miller and Frida Kahlo are the star names; general surveys of the movement also tend to include a few individual works by women–Meret Oppenheim’s Object (a teacup, saucer and spoon covered in fur, 1936), Leonora Carrington’s shock-haired Self-Portrait (1938) with rocking horse and Eileen Agar’s sculpture of a scarf-shrouded head, Angel…

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