Lee Miller (1907-1977) moved to London in the late 1930s, just as a rich strand of Surrealist practice was burgeoning in Britain. Miller was central to its development and prolonged life after World War II, exhibiting alongside British Surrealists such as Eileen Agar and Henry Moore in often overlooked London exhibitions. This book is the first to present Lee Miller's photographs of, and collaborations with key British Surrealists alongside their artworks, to tell the story of this exciting cultural moment. Miller's photographs of noted continental Surrealists such as Max Ernst and E.L.T Mesens, taken while they were working and exhibiting in Britain, also feature alongside their works, documenting their enduring friendships with Miller and her husband, the artist Roland Penrose. Miller's interdisciplinary photographic practice acted as a conduit for the dispersal of Surrealist images out of the realm of fine art and into the worlds of fashion, commercial photography and journalism. A vital study for all students and enthusiasts of Surrealism and those enthralled by the enigmatic Lee Miller, this book reveals the social and cultural networks in which she was embedded, offering a holistic view of her work and the life of the Surrealist movement in Britain.
Eleanor Clayton is Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield, previously Assistant Curator at Tate Liverpool, and has published widely on British modern and contemporary art. She is the Editor of Howard Hodgkin: Painting India (Lund Humphries, 2017); Emily Riddle is Assistant Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield.
Foreword, Simon Wallis; Miller and the Surrealist Network in Britain, Eleanor Clayton; Miller and Surrealism in Print during the 1940s, Hilary Floe; Kaleidoscopic Narratives: Miller's Scrapbooks in Wonder and Horror of the Human Head, Patricia Allmer; List of works; Chronology; Select bibliography; Index