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Eros Paintings

Dorothy Iannone - Eros Paintings
A selection of erotic paintings by the American artist, produced between 1969 and 1971: an ecstatic and mystical celebration of the sexual act.
Eros Paintings from Dorothy Iannone is part of a series of three publications coedited by Centre d'édition contemporaine, Geneva, and Innen, Zurich, of which Selected Works – 1965–1980 by Susan Te Kahurangi King published in Autumn 2019 and New York & Beyond – 20172019 by Liz Craft (forthcoming).
Since the early 1960s, American artist Dorothy Iannone (1933-2022) has occupied herself with the attempt to represent ecstatic love: “the union of gender, feeling and pleasure,” as she herself described it. Her oeuvre encompasses paintings, drawings, collages, video sculptures, objects, and publications. A narrative element, fed with personal mythologies, experiences, feelings, and relationships, runs through all of her works. Particularly in her late figurative painting, which almost appears to dissolve into the ornamental, she created scenarios in symbolic settings, in which she also consistently celebrated a playful handling of the subject matter. Since the 1960s, this visual self-empowerment has been read as a contribution to the liberalization of female sexuality. On the other hand, Iannone, who took a spiritual, existential approach, has never seen herself as part of a feminist movement. However, in bringing her works to the public, she inevitably manifested a self-understanding through her handling of controversial subject matter.

See also Dieter Roth.
Published with Innen, Zurich.

published in February 2020
no text
16,5 x 23,6 cm (softcover)
16 pages (color ill.)
ISBN : 978-2-9701174-9-0
EAN : 9782970117490
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