Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) has become a sustained presence in recent curating and contemporary art, particularly in the realm of emerging feminist practices. Recent exhibitions (both intimate, research-led and epic, blockbuster shows) as well as significant acquisitions (e.g SNGMA's Portrait of Max Ernst, 1939) are evidence of her topicality and continued reach. With reference to the conceptual art of Lucy Skaer and curatorial work of Helen Nisbet, among others, I ask why Carrington, of all the surrealists, is providing such fertile ground for contemporary artists and curators today.
Dr Catriona McAra is University Curator at Leeds Arts University. She was awarded her doctorate in History of Art, University of Glasgow and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at IASH. She has published extensively on the art and literature of Dorothea Tanning and Leonora Carrington with a particular interest in feminist aesthetics and surrealist legacies in contemporary practice.