Remedios Varo: Science Fictions (hardback)

Caitlin Haskell and Tere Arcq
Yale University Press
22 August 2023
Page count:
184 Pages
Item size (L x B cm):
30.5 x 21 cm

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Remedios Varo: Science Fictions book offers a holistic view of the artistic practices of the Spanish born artist Remedios Varo (1908–1963). Following from her emigration from Spain to Mexico City in 1941, this book explores the artwork Varo made between 1955 to 1963 and the impact it had on the legacy of Surrealism. Through a series of essays and illustrations, the authors establish the fundamental relationship between Varo’s wide-ranging interests in alchemy, architecture, magic, mysticism, philosophy, and science to her captivating and methodical approach in creating her artworks.

Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago, in partnership with the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City. Contributions by Lara Balikci, Mary Broadway, Brenda J Caro Cocotle, Claire Howard, Alive Piliado Santana, Katrina Rush and Alex Zivkovic.

Born in Girona, Catalonia in northeastern Spain, Remedios Varo (1908 - 1963) was a Surrealist painter and poet. She was one of the first female students to attend the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid, where she enrolled at the age of 15, and later received her diploma as an art teacher. In 1935, after moving to Paris, Varo met other Surrealist artists, and was later introduced to the poet and co-founder of the Surrealist movement, André Breton. After fleeing the Nazi-occupied part of France in 1941, Varo settled in Mexico, where she was one of a small but important group of Surrealist poets, painters, and photographers.