Rainy Day Canapé

Dorothea Tanning, American, 1910 - 2012

Date:
1970

Medium:
Upholstered wood sofa with wool, polyester and rayon plainweave cover, wool batting, cardboard, and ping-pong balls

Dimensions:
31 1/2 x 57 x 33 inches (80 x 144.8 x 83.8 cm)

Copyright:
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2002-86-1

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of an anonymous donor, 2002

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When asked about her work, the American Surrealist artist Dorothea Tanning explained: "This terribly non-mainstream piece was, more than anything, a challenge to myself, a bet that I made with myself, and only me, that I would give real physical life to a bunch of tweeds and stuffing. Now, when you look at its triumphant? paroxysmic? despairing? physicality you are not quite sure that materials are only tools, that the inert is the inert, that life is something else. But one thing you know: that like you and me and everyone else, this Rainy-Day Canapé will not live for centuries. But how could we care?"