Exhibition Talk: Hettie Judah and Ami Bouhassane discuss the work of Dorothea Tanning, Alison Jacques Gallery

20 February 2020


On the occasion of the solo exhibition Dorothea Tanning: Worlds in Collision, Writer and Critic Hettie Judah and Ami Bouhassane, Director of Farleys House & Gallery Ltd, East Sussex, will talk the audience through the signs, symbols and messages in this rarely displayed body of late work. Additionally, they will discuss Tanning’s frequent visits to Farleys House, former residence of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, and her close friendships with both artists.


Dating from 1981 to 1989, the works in the exhibition are being shown together for the first time in the United Kingdom. The show includes large-scale works on paper in media as varied as graphite, charcoal, crayon, watercolour, gouache, and collage, many of which focus on imagery of the bicycle which preoccupied Tanning at this time.


About Hettie Judah 

Hettie Judah is senior art critic for the British daily newspaper The I. She is a regular contributor to FriezeThe GuardianVogueThe New York TimesArt Quarterly and Numèro Art. She is the author of Art London: A Guide to Places, Events and Artists, published in September 2019. Judah’s biography of Frida Kahlo will be published by Laurence King in June 2020.


About Ami Bouhassane 

Ami Bouhassane is Co-Director of Farleys House & Gallery Ltd, the organisation that manages the Lee Miller Archives, the Penrose collection and Farleys House, home of her grandparents Lee Miller and Roland Penrose. A trustee of the Lee Miller Archives, and a curator and lecturer on both Miller and Penrose, Bouhassane has worked extensively with their material for over 21 years. This summer Farleys House & Gallery will mount the exhibition, Dorothea Tanning: Printmaker, 21 May - 12 July 2020. 


The talk will take place at 6.30pm. The event is free, but places are limited. Please RSVP: info@alisonjacquesgallery.com.