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Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012)
Experiment with textures here revealed some ways of passing from something to nothing or vice versa, an ever thorny problem in the lithography medium.
-Dorothea Tanning, Hail, Delirium!, 1992, catalog raisonne
I clearly must be a signature piece, in which Tanning signals the continuing wakefulness and alchemical power of her inner eye - the eye which has the power to transform sight into insight, the power to transform whatever it touches into a purely sensuous material that seems the very substance of primary process - and appropriately absolutizes it into a thing in itself, that is, indicates that it is as numinous as her surface.
-Donald Kuspit, The Amorphousness of Being Other: Dorothea Tanning's Prints, Hail Delirium, catalog raisonne
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