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A collage of a white head and torso in profile, adorned with cut out precious stones
Eileen Agar Precious Stones 1936 Courtesy of Leeds Museums and Galleries ©Estate of Eileen Agar/Bridgeman Images
Sat 29 Jan 2022 - Sat 7 May 2022
Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy
Exhibitions
Visual Art
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Leeds Art Gallery

Whether dancing on the rooftops in Paris, sharing ideas with Pablo Picasso, or gathering starfish on the beaches of Cornwall, Eileen Agar transformed the everyday into the extraordinary. Her unique style spanned painting, collage, photography and sculpture, even ceremonial hats. Combining order and chaos, Agar’s work fuses vivid abstraction with imagery from classical art, the natural world, and sexual pleasure.

This definitive retrospective charts Agar's ground-breaking career from the 1920s to the 1990s. From early works influenced by her teachings at The Slade, through her experiments with Cubism and her inclusion in the 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition, to her later compositions of lyrical abstraction, Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy features over 150 works. Pieces from important public and private collections as well as newly discovered archival material reveal Agar as one of the most dynamic, bold and prolific artists of her generation, which included friends Andre Breton, Gertrude Hermes, Dora Maar, Lee Miller, Paul Nash and Man Ray.

Leeds Art Gallery

The Headrow
Leeds
LS1 3AA
United Kingdom

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