Why Leonora Carrington’s Work Feels So of the Moment

W Magazine

On Wednesday, the Venice Biennale announced the lineup for its 2022 edition, a "transhistoric exhibition" emphasizing female and gendernonconforming artists both contemporary and historical. This year's theme, "The Milk of Dreams," comes from the title of previously-overlooked Surrealist artist and writer Leonora Carrington's children's book of the same name. Featuring characters like Humbert the Beautiful and Señor Mustache Mustache, but also a two-faced girl who eats spiders and a boy whose head turns into a house, the stories themselves are not necessarily for children. Cecilia Alemani, Curator of the Biennale's 59th International Art Exhibition, said her six-year-old is "completely terrified" of them.


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FEB 2022