The Bloody Countess Lecture!

Valentine Penrose at Eileen Agar’s Studio, Bramham Gardens, London (1930s-1950s).

I am thrilled to be giving an online talk about Valentine Penrose, Erzsébet Báthory, and ‘Sanguineous Surrealism’ for Morbid Anatomy Museum! Sunday 19th February — tickets on sale now.

“I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.”

– Anaïs Nin

A Late New Year Update

Some of you know about my Substack newsletter, and I am very grateful for those of you who read my sporadic updates. In a bid to be more regular, I recently (as in December 2021) activated the membership option. It’s basically Patreon, but not Patreon (is Patreon preferred? Let me know if so). This will enable me to keep the newsletter free, while enabling me to fund my research. The first piece is on Maar and Oppenheim’s (Em)body(ing) Art. More to follow shortly!

Man Ray, ‘Erotique Voilée’ (1933).

Happy Birthday, Dora Maar

“All Picasso’s portraits of me are lies. They’re all Picassos. Not one is Dora Maar.”

Happy Birthday to the brilliant Dora Maar 🖤🐚

Dora Maar in her Paris apartment, photographed by Lee Miller (c. 1956)
Dora Maar, Untitled (Hand-Shell) (1934)
Dora Maar, Untitled (double-exposed portrait) (1936)
Dora Maar, Père Ubu (1936)