Dorothy Iannone – A Fluxus Essay CD+Book



Dorothy Iannone (b.1933) tells her Fluxus Story. Recorded in Berlin in 1979.

Edition of 300 copies. CD with 20-page A4 offset-printed booklet.

“There, Maciunas and I looked deeply but impassively into each other’s eyes, not knowing then that we would meet again on these pages. Perhaps he was thinking, “Who is this woman?”. Perhaps it might even have amused him, somewhere far back in his mind, to know that I am she who is the Fluxus women artist who is not the Fluxus women artist.“

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.

The New Museum presented “Lioness”, her first solo show in the United States in 2009. Her mixed media work “I Was Thinking Of You” was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2006. She has recently had major retrospectives, notably at Camden Arts Centre in London (2013), the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin (2014) and Migros Museum in Zurich (2014). Her masterpiece and impressive installation “Follow Me” has joined the prestigious collection of Centre Pompidou, Paris. She also recently received the BZ Kultur Preis in 2016.


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