The Medium of Leonora Carrington: A Feminist Haunting in the Contemporary Arts

Catriona McAra* (Corresponding Author)

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Before her death, the artist and writer Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) had already garnered a cult following, with numerous creative people making the pilgrimage to meet her at her home in Mexico City. Since then, her fame has only increased. Thinking across contemporary art media, this book demonstrates how Carrington has posthumously become a medium in her own right, critically haunting the creative intellectuals who met or knew her. It explores the work of a remarkable variety of individuals and organisations, including the artists Lucy Skaer, Samantha Sweeting and Lynn Lu, the actress Tilda Swinton, the novelists Chloe Aridjis and Heidi Sopinka and the ensemble Double Edge Theatre. This long-awaited study provides essential reading for both new and established members of the burgeoning Carrington fan club.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages248
ISBN (Electronic)9781526161222
ISBN (Print)9781526161239
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2022


  • quotation
  • feminist intertextuality
  • feminism
  • contemporary art
  • theatre
  • performance art
  • painting
  • conceptual art
  • surrealism


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