Dorothy Iannone at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2015

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January 1st, 2015

Siglio-Catalog-Cover-IannoneFrom A Cookbook by Dorothy Iannone. Image courtesy of the artist and Air de Paris.


Dorothy Iannone at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair

at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, January 30 – February 1, 2015


The often-censored, self-taught octogenarian American artist Dorothy Iannone has been making exuberantly sexual, taboo-shattering and joyfully transgressive image+text works for over five decades, often drawing on autobiography and incorporating lovers and friends into her hybrid image+text narratives. This year at the LA Art Book Fair,  Iannone’s provocative and pioneering work will be featured in an exhibition that complements Siglio’s recent publication Dorothy Iannone: You Who Read Me With Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends. More info about the fair and exhibition: Siglio press release here.



Dorothy Iannone: You Who Read Me With Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends begins with her iconic image+text work An Icelandic Saga in which Iannone narrates her journey to Iceland (where she meets artist Dieter Roth and leaves her husband to live with him). From there, it traces Iannone’s search for “ecstatic unity” from its carnal beginnings in her relationships with Roth and other men into its spiritual incarnation as she becomes a practicing Buddhist. Iannone’s work—exploring sexual liberation and self-realization in a different but no less radical way than her feminist contemporaries—is rich with provocative inversions of muse and maker, sacred and profane, male and female, submission and dominance. Ever-flowing from a fertile confluence of art and life, her work is inflected in surprising ways with equal parts Tantric metaphysics and Fluxus avant-garde.

You Who Read Me With Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends reproduces some familiar works in Iannone’s oeuvre but focuses on rarely seen, long-out-of- print artist’s books, drawings and unpublished writings, many reproduced in their entirety or substantially excerpted so that readers can delve into work not easily read in an exhibition space or a catalog. This selection features the complete 80-page fever-dream Danger in Düsseldorf (originally published by Hansjörg Mayer), the lover’s ode The Whip, as well as almost half of A Cookbook in which she narrates the exultations and tribulations of her life between the lines of recipes. With wit, visual delight, irresistible erotic candor and heart-felt generosity, Iannone invites readers into an intimate world that speaks to the liberating potential of love.



Printed Matter will present an exhibition of Dorothy Iannone’s artists’ books, with support from Air de Paris, Peres Projects and Siglio Press. Known most widely for her painting, text and video works that explore and reflect upon her time in Europe, Iannone’s work chronicles her experiences as an artist and her relationship with Dieter Roth. The American-born, Berlin-based artist is famous for her whimsical, colorful and, perhaps most importantly, explicit depictions of female sexuality which have, since the 1960s, often fallen prey to censorship. This exhibition showcases an expanded selection of Iannone’s artist books and printed ephemera many of which are also featured in You Who Read Me With Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends, available at Siglio Press’s table.