Eileen Agar

Eileen Agar

by Laura Smith


PRE-ORDER. Books will ship mid-February 2021

  • Overview

    Eileen Agar was an artist who explored painting, photography, collage and sculpture. Her independent and inventive experiments with assemblage and colour linked her work inextricably with two major art movements of European twentieth century culture: Cubism and Surrealism. 

    Laura Smith introduces us to a spirited an lyrical artist who found inspiration in beach-finds, the natural world, mythology and classical ideas, and combined them into her own striking examples of modern art. 

    This is the sixth title in the Modern Women Artists series of collectable books, which together reveal an alternative history of art. 

  • The Modern Women Artists series

    The MODERN WOMEN ARTISTS series of collectable books reveals an alternative history of art, telling the story of important female artists whose art might otherwise be overlooked, overshadowed or forgotten. Working across a range of disciplines and artistic styles in the first half of the twentieth century, all of the women included in this series were modern. Read together, these books begin to redress the untold history of modern art.

  • Book details

    • 64 page hardback with 26 colour illustrations
    • ISBN: 978-1-9160416-5-3
    • Published by Eiderdown Books, February 2021
  • About the author

    Laura Smith is Curator of Whitechapel Gallery where, among other exhibitions, she has worked on the first UK survey show of duo Elmgreen & Dragset (2018), a touring retrospective of Italian, Brazil-based artist Anna Maria Maiolino (2019), and with Helen Crammock, winner of the 2017-19 Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Prior to joining the Whitechapel, Laura was Curator at Tate from 2012-18, where she was responsible for a series of international historic and contemporary projects, as well as group exhibitions including the touring exhibition 'Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by her Writings' (2018) and the Turner Prize (2016).