Dorothy Iannone, The White Goddess, 1971, © Dorothy Iannone

New Acquisitions Graphic Art 2014

Künstlerförderung of the state of Berlin

In 2014 the "Künstlerförderung" of Berlin Senate Office for Cultural Affairs again enabled the transfer of works by contemporary artists to the Berlinische Galerie, which could be acquired thanks to the Foundation Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin.

Dorothy Iannone, First Print, 1967, © Dorothy Iannone
Dorothy Iannone, I Was Thinking Of You, 1975, © Dorothy Iannone
Dorothy Iannone, In The East My Pleasure Lies, 1965/2013, © Dorothy Iannone

Dorothy Iannone (*1933 in Boston, lives in Berlin)

Printed graphic artworks from 1964–2013

US American artist Dorothy Iannone, who has been living in Berlin since 1976, occupies a special place in the art of the second half of the 20th century. Her main theme is ecstatic love, as expressed in paintings, illustrated narratives, texts, books, films and objects. In 2014 the Berlinische Galerie staged a large-scale retrospective exhibition in honour of Dorothy Iannone entitled This Sweetness Outside of Time.Since the 1960s she has been regarded as a pioneer in the struggle against censorship, championing free love and female sexuality. Dorothy Iannone's printed graphic art ‒ produced amidst the media diversity of her work from 1964 to 2013 ‒ echoes the formal development and themes of her artistic œuvre in an outstanding fashion. The acquisition of this almost complete and self-contained work complex means that the Berlinische Galerie has been able to extend its collection of the artist's works decisively; previously, it comprised only a single early painting. In the overall context of the collection, the field of Pop Art from the 1960s/70s has also been consolidated substantially as a result.BiographyDorothy Iannone was born in Boston in 1933. After studying American literature and making numerous trips through Europe, Africa and Asia, she began to work as an artist in the late 1950s. She first produced a large number of abstract paintings with collage elements. Influenced by Japanese paper art, oriental ornamentation and the painting of the New York School, Iannone mixed a wide spectrum of forms and cultures in her paintings.The first human figures appeared within her paintings' all-over textures as from 1963.  In 1966/67 she isolated these figures by fixing the drawings to wood, sawing them out, and erecting them as objects. This group of People, comprising circa 150 examples, contains figures from the Bible and the circus world, from art and contemporary history. They are always provided with very obvious genitalia. From this time onward, her work turned towards an ornamental figurativism.In 1967 Dorothy Iannone met the artist Dieter Roth while travelling with her husband. She decided to stay with him from that time onward, abandoning her life in New York and moving to join Dieter Roth in Reykjavik. An intense, seven-year-long love affair and working relationship began.From 1968 to 1974 the couple lived in Düsseldorf, where they became a part of the city's Fluxus scene. Dorothy Iannone intensified her work with printed graphic art and experimented with film and musical recordings. After separating from Dieter Roth, in 1974 she moved to the South of France. In 1976 she received a grant from the Berlin Artists' Programme of the DAAD. Since then she has lived in Berlin.

Dorothy Iannone, Merlin And The Lady Vivian, 1973, © Dorothy Iannone
Dorothy Iannone, The White Goddess, 1971, © Dorothy Iannone

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