Susan Louise Aberth

Susan L. Aberth is the Edith C. Blum Professor of the Art History and Visual Culture Program at Bard College. She received her M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

In addition to her 2004 book Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art (Lund Humphries), forthcoming is  Leonora Carrington: The Tarot (Fulgur Press, 2020) co-authored with Mexican curator Tere Arcq.  She has contributed to Surrealism and Magic, Guggenheim Venice (2021); Seeking the Marvelous: Ithell Colquhoun, British Women and Surrealism (Fulgur Press, 2021), Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist (Phoenix Art Museum, 2019), Juanita Guccione: Otherwhere (Napa Valley Museum, 2019), Surrealism, Occultism and Politics: In Search of the Marvelous (Routledge Press, 2018), Leonora Carrington: Cuentos Magicos (Museo de Arte Moderno & INBA, Mexico City, 2018), Unpacking: The Marciano Collection (Delmonico Books, Prestel, 2017), and Leonora Carrington and the International Avant-Garde (Manchester University Press, 2017), as well as to Abraxas: International Journal of Esoteric Studies, Black Mirror, and Journal of Surrealism of the Americas.

A painting (Necromancer) using The Magician tarot imagery, oil on canvas
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  1. […] Susan Louise Aberth also spoke to us in mid-July from Hyde Park, NY where she is a professor at Bard College. Her own work at the moment focuses on surrealism, something she finds gaining more popularity – in particular the women artists associated with surrealism. Much of Aberth’s research – including her Ph.D. dissertation, examines the life and work of Leonora Carrington, the British-born Mexican surrealist artist and writer. Among Carrington’s body of work is a Tarot deck, something that was of particular interest in the surrealist movement. In addition to women in surrealism, more attention is being paid to other countries where the surrealist movement took root but that have not received as much attention to date. To hear more about Aberth’s work including her deep knowledge of Leonora Carrington, listen to the complete interview. […]