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The dreaming life of Leonora de la Cruz

February 14, 2007

Midmarch Arts Press, PhotoGraphic Gallery, and the Polish Cultural Institute present a book-launching of THE DREAMING LIFE OF LEONORA DE LA CRUZ by AGNIESZKA TABORSKA an exhibition of collage illustrations for the book by SELENA KIMBALL an animated film (excerpts) by Joshua Backer & Marcin Gizycki based on the book


PhotoGraphic Gallery
252 Front Street, New York, NY 10038
tel. (212) 227-2287
Subway: 2,3,4,5 to Fulton St.; A to Bdwy/Nassau St.

The collages will be available for viewing and sale until March 9, 2007 Please note: there will also be an earlier book-signing by Taborska and Kimball on Friday, February 16, 2007, 4:30 PM when the book is presented by MIDMARCH ARTS PRESS at the College Art Association conference Hilton Hotel New York City, Exhibit Hall, Booth 67 For Agnieszka Taborska’s whimsical, oneiric tale about a fictitious 18th-century visionary saint rediscovered 200 years after her death by the French Surrealists and worshipped by them as the patron saint of the subconscious, her former student at the Rhode Island School of Design, Selena Kimball, created 35 extraordinary collage illustrations inspired by the work of Max Ernst, which are works of art in themselves.

And the collages are something else: think Ernst and think past him. Truly one of the most amazing books I have ever had the privilege of dreaming through. – Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center, and the author of many books on Surrealism and the arts. Agnieszka Taborska’s book, with collages by Selena Kimball, proves the ongoing power of the surrealist imagination to alter our perceptions of reality Though hitherto unrecorded, the magnificent interventions of the Spanish Carmelite Leonora de la Cruz – somnolent, visionary, transgressive, magical – will ensure her a place in the pantheon of surrealist women, real and mythic, who embody poet André Breton’s insistence that beauty “will be convulsive or it will not be.” A stunning addition to the literature of surrealism.... – Whitney Chadwick, author of Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement.