Sotheby's announce major 'Women in Surrealism' exhibition



2015-07-24 15:18:04

Sotheby's has announced details of an upcoming selling exhibition celebrating Surrealism's most important female artists.

Cherchez la femme: Women and Surrealism will feature more than 50 works by the likes of Toyen, Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning, Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo, with prices ranging from $5,000 to over $1 million.

The exhibition seeks to examine the role female artists have played in the evolution of surrealism, and re-evaluate an artistic legacy which has often been overlooked in favour of the movement's male artists.

The exhibition follows a surge in interest in the works of female surrealists, which has translated into increasing prices within the market.

Notable recent record sales have included Kay Sage's self-portrait Le passage which sold at Sotheby's for $7,077,395; Leonora Carrington's The Temptation of St. Anthony which realized $2,629,000; and Remedios Varo's Hacia la Torre which brought $4,309,000.

“We are thrilled to bring much-deserved attention to this incredibly important group of works," said Julian Dawes, Vice President in Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department. "The female artists of the Surrealism movement have historically been cast as followers of their male counterparts, rather than as the truly important innovators that they were. For how integral a role their art played during the period, their story is sadly under-told."

"It’s something that the art market has been noticing and reevaluating recently, and we are excited to be able to participate in this moment. The market for these works is rapidly appreciating, and as of now simply hasn’t found its ceiling. This exhibition will help us tell their story and show collectors that these female artists were masters in their own right and played a key part in shaping the Surrealist canon.”

Cherchez la femme: Women and Surrealism opens to the public on September 15 and runs until October 17.

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