Discover the true diversity of surrealism at the Tate’s new exhibition
Think of surrealist art, and your mind might go straight to the famed works of male painters such as Salvador Dalí and René Magritte. But the movement had a much broader scope than Europe in the early 20th century, as you’ll learn at Tate Modern’s showstopping new exhibition. Opening today and featuring the works of more than 100 artists, Surrealism Beyond Borders tells an expansive and diverse story, spanning 80 years and 50 countries. As well as the big hitters like Dalí, Magritte and Marcel Duchamp, you’ll also discover the ethereal photo collages of Japanese artist Toshiko Okanoue, a 36-foot drawing by American jazz poet Ted Joans and the punky sculptures of British-Argentinian painter Eileen Agar (until 29 August; £18; Bankside, London SE1).
Fancy adding a surrealist touch to your gallery wall? You can already shop prints of some artworks in the exhibition at the Tate Shop – including the dreamlike Self-Portrait by Leonora Carrington (from £25), one of the key female figures in the movement in the 1930s. Contemporary Danish fashion photographer Henrik Bülow’s Strings (£67) is a Magritte-esque portrait, while cityscape fans may prefer the dystopian London-inspired print (£25) by “architectural surrealist” AoEVM. And if you’re into surreal collages, try the Prada flying saucer print by Ellie’s Paper Cuttings (£5) or the whimsical Lovers Dream by Mon Textiles (£7), featuring a couple in a heart-shaped tub at the foot of a mountain. Not a melted clock in sight…
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This tender novel invites us to reflect on what gives our lives meaning
What makes a good life? What is a good death? The answers to these questions shimmer elusively just below the surface of The Swimmers, the third novel by Julie Otsuka (Penguin). Out today, the novel follows Alice – an elderly woman, a Californian, a mother, wife and devotee of her local pool – as she is slowly undone by dementia. While her condition worsens, memories from Alice’s past bob to the surface: men she’s loved, people she’s lost and the time she spent as a child in a Japanese American internment camp during the Second World War.
“The Swimmers doesn’t dive deep into what happened in the camps – instead, it shows that this extraordinary part of Alice’s childhood was just one fragment of her supposedly ordinary life,” says Stylist contributor Moya Crockett. “The narrative perspective shifts frequently, but as readers we spend a lot of time in the shoes of Alice’s unnamed daughter, who is watching her mother float away. This is not a novel with a neat plot or easily condensable message. But it will make you think hard about what gives your life meaning – from your relationships to your daily rituals – and remind you that even the quietest existences can be both heartbreaking and beautiful.” £12.99, Bookshop.org
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Image credits: Salvador Dalí Lobster Telephone 1938 Tate Purchased 1981 © Salvador Dali, Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation/DACS, London 2022; Leonora Carrington Self-portrait c.1937–38. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection, 2002 © 2022 Estate of Leonora Carrington / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image © Metropolitan Museum of Art.; Koga Harue Umi (The Sea) 1929. The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Photo: MOMAT/DNPartcom; Toshiko Okanoue The Call 1953. Wilson Centre for Photography © Okanoue Toshiko, Courtesy of The Third Gallery Aya; John Lee © 2017; Jean-Luc Bertini; Thread; courtesy of brands
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