This tour will focus on Dora Maar as a provocateur, someone who incites action, who unsettles and disrupts. Maar worked through a time of societal and political upheaval. She witnessed the blossoming of the beauty industry and the ‘femme moderne’ in France, and embraced surrealism’s transgressive vision.
In her return to painting she explored her local landscape using the language of abstraction, before reconciling her interest in mark making with her late darkroom practise.
The tour will look at a number of Maar’s works as ‘provocations’ to engage with her practise, provide a contextual history, and to think about her work in dialogue with contemporary culture.
Emma Jones is Curatorial Assistant, Photography at Tate Modern. Dora Maar is her first show in this role, but she has worked on other photography exhibitions at Tate including Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017 and Into the Light: Photography and Abstract Art.