An extensive survey of the pioneering British painter, collagist, and photographer Eileen Agar, following Agar's unique passage from biomorphic Surrealism to Tachist abstraction. Eileen Agar’s career has largely been credited with her connections to major male figures of European modernism such as Paul Nash, Ezra Pound, Roland Penrose and Paul Éluard. This monograph seeks to delve into Agar as a fully autonomous artist whose unique style was a crucial element in the development of European culture in the 20th century. Dense with pattern and color, Agar’s work across various media draws from Cubist and Surrealist tendencies of material juxtapositions and fractured imagery, evoking emotion through distortion. Alongside reproductions of rarely seen artworks, writer Marina Warner, poet Daisy Lafarge and Agar’s biographer Andrew Lambirth reflect on the artist’s progressive attitudes toward art, sexuality and art history.
Paperback, 272 pages. Measures 8 ½” x 10”. Published by Whitechapel Gallery, 2021. Edited with text by Laura Smith, Grace Storey. Text by Mariana Warner, Daisy Lafarge, and Andrew Lambirth.