Eileen Agar by Laura Smith
Published by Eiderdown Books February 2021
“I have spent my life in revolt against convention, trying to bring colour and light and a sense of the mysterious to daily existence. […] One must have a hunger for new colour, new shapes and new possibilities.” Eileen Agar
This new book by art curator and writer, Laura Smith celebrates the life and work of British female artist Eileen Agar. One of only a handful of books written about Agar, the book is published to coincide with a major retrospective exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery curated by the author.
In Eileen Agar, Laura Smith introduces us to the extraordinary world of an artist ahead of her time. We discover how a life with eccentric beginnings gave way to an artistic career endlessly in search for colour and new possibilities. Follow in this artist’s footsteps and learn about her early experiments with Cubism which led her to Surrealism and her inclusion in the groundbreaking 1936 International Surrealist exhibition alongside the likes of Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso.
Laura Smith weaves a thoughtful and engaging narrative amongst a rich selection of paintings, sculptures and photography, perfectly illustrating the artist’s long career and convincing us of Eileen Agar’s place in the story of twentieth century art.
The major solo exhibition on Eileen Agar curated by the author runs at the Whitechapel Gallery, London due to run late Spring until August – dates TBC.