Double Solitaire: The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy, is the first major touring exhibition to explore the dynamic exchange of ideas that shaped the astonishing landscapes of these Surrealist artists. Featuring approximately 25 paintings by each artist, dating from 1937-1958, as well as selected ephemera, this groundbreaking exhibition provides unprecedented access to the couple's intertwined artistic and personal lives.
Sage and Tanguy were inseparable throughout their 15-year marriage, sharing a studio in Woodbury, Conn. and communicating only in French until Tanguy's untimely death in 1955. As Karen Rosenberg writes in The New York Times, this exhibition "takes a fascinating look at the married life and work of this Surrealist 'It' couple, and intently explores their sinister dreamscapes of polymorphous pebbles (his) and menacing monoliths (hers)." Both artists sought to create paintings that the French poet André Breton called "peinture-poésie," a style influenced by poetry and dream-like imagery.
Organized by the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, and The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, Double Solitaire is curated by Stephen Robeson Miller and Jonathan Stuhlman, two of the country’s foremost scholars of Surrealism. Major funding for the exhibition was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Found-ation. The presentation at the Davis is supported in part by Wellesley College Friends of Art.