Author(s): Jan-Frederik Bandel
The art of Dorothy Iannone (born 1933) combines images and words to celebrate unfettered eroticism with jubilant delight and wit. Working autobiographically in media such as artist's books, collage, drawing, writing, sculpture and video, she has long been recognized as a pioneering advocate of liberated female sexuality, and a revolutionary in the fields of artist's books and video art in particular. Her immediately recognizable graphic style--always brightly chromatic and peppered with linguistic embellishment--evokes both comic books and illuminated manuscripts, and only grows more contemporary with the passing of time. "Dorothy Iannone: This Sweetness Outside of Time" offers an overview of the artist's distinguished half-century career, following the evolution of her work--almost fully formed from the start--as she traversed the globe, from New York to Rekjavik, Dusseldorf to France and Berlin, in the company of artists such as Daniel Spoerri, Robert Filliou and her longtime partner Dieter Roth, battling censorship and elucidating her vision of a joyous sexuality into a spiritual quest for "ecstatic unity." An interview with the artist conducted by Maurizio Cattelan plus various statements by companions and friends as well as a richly illustrated biography round out this catalogue--the most comprehensive overview of her work to date.