Dorothy Iannone – 1001 Songs for Erik Bock 2CD Art Box (signed)



Custom-made box (430 x 307 x 25 mm) including prints of artworks & photographs, a poster, and 2 Audio-CDs (recorded in 1979 by Dorothy Iannone for her then lover, the danish pastor Erik Bock).

Edition of 150 copies, numbered & signed by Dorothy Iannone

“Not every love is forever, nor is an unimaginable longevity necessary in order that a love qualify as memorable. I once derived a great deal of pleasure as well as artistic inspiration (and eventually, some pain, I must admit) from a sexual and intellectual friendship with an emotionally thrifty (as he himself would be the first to admit) but very beautiful gentleman from a neighbouring country, north of Berlin, my adopted home, and whom I’m so glad I met long ago.
These recordings were made for him, to give him pleasure, and pride in his being, as well as for myself, so that I could continue my immersion in our relationship when, for short periods, we were apart. (…)”
(from the liner-notes by Dorothy Iannone, November 2017)

White custom-made cardboard-box (430 x 307 x 25 mm, 850g natron stock) with fullcolour photo-print of Dorothy Iannone & Erik Bock and title stamp on the outside, including:

2x Audio CD
4x fullcolour print of paintings by Dorothy Iannone (420 x 297 mm / A3, 300g stock)
1x b/w print of a painting by Dorothy Iannone (420 x 297 mm / A3, 90g stock) – not in the photo
1x b/w print of a photo of Dorothy Iannone & Erik Bock from 1980 (420 x 297 mm / A3, 300g)
1x fullcolour poster of a painting by Dorothy Iannone (420 x 594 mm / A2, 135g, folded)
1x b/w index page with credits and liner-notes by Dorothy Iannone (420 x 297 mm / A3, 90g)
1x b/w print of a photo of Erik Bock (420 x 297 mm / A3, 90g stock) – not in the photo

Curated and produced by Daniel Löwenbrück
Published March 2019 by Tochnit Aleph, Berlin in cooperation with Air de Paris, Paris

“Dorothy Iannone was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1933. She attended Boston University and Brandeis University where she majored in Literature. In 1961 she successfully sued the U.S. Government on behalf of Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Cancer”, which until then was censured in the U.S., to allow its importation into the country. She begins painting in 1959 and travels extensively with her husband to Europe and the Far East. From 1963 until 1967, she runs a co-operative gallery on Tenth Street. New York together with her husband. In 1966 they live for some months in the South of France where she begins a close friendship with Robert Filliou and other artists from Fluxus. She meets and falls in love with German-Swiss artist Dieter Roth during a journey to Reykjavik and will share his life in different European cities until 1974. Two years later Iannone moves to Berlin after receiving a grant from the DAAD Berlin Artists’ Program. She still lives and works in Berlin, where she pursues her artistic production.

Since the beginning of her career in the 1960’s, Dorothy Iannone has been making vibrant paintings, drawings, prints, films, objects and books, all with a markedly narrative and overtly autobiographical visual feel. Her oeuvre is like an exhilarating ode to an unbridled sexuality and celebration of ecstatic unity, unconditional love, and a singular attachment to Eros as a philosophical concept. She has had to frequently face censorship problems, in particular in the “Friends’ Exhibition” organized by Harald Szeemann at the Kunsthalle Bern in 1969. Iannone later recreated the event in her well-known book, “The Story Of Bern”. Her works narrate the artist’s life in intimate detail, transforming somewhat the feminist discourse of the 1960’s, by emphasizing personal freedom and spiritual transcendence through complete devotion to, and union with, a lover.”


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