Dorothy Iannone

Dorothy Iannone (1933 Boston, Massachusetts) is a painter, graphic artist, object, and video artist.

Dorothy Iannone studied American literature at Boston University from 1953 to 1957. In 1958, she studied English literature at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. In the same year she married James Upham. The couple settled down in New York.

In 1959, Iannone began to paint non-representational images, which were oriented towards abstract expressionism, but soon turned to representational, erotic themes.

During the 1960s, she and James Upham traveled extensively to Europe and Asia.

From 1963 to 1967, she and her husband ran the Stryke Gallery in New York. In 1967 she and her husband and Emmett Williams went on a trip to Reykjavík. There she met Dieter Roth. The two began a love affair, in the course of which Dorothy Iannone separated from her husband.

In the same year she published a book in which she enumerated all the men with whom she had shared a night. Together with Roth, she joined the Fluxus movement, but later distanced herself in a work with the words “I am she who is not Fluxus” from Fluxus.

In the following years she lived with Roth alternately in Basel, Düsseldorf, London and Iceland. Roth was temporarily the “male muse” for Iannone, he again wrote numerous poems to the beloved.

In an exhibition in the Kunsthalle Bern, directed by Harald Szeemann in 1970, Iannine’s works were hid with adhesive tapes because of their provocative portrayal of genitalia, and Iannone and Roth denied their participation.
In the mid-1960s, Iannone’s wooden figures, entitled “People,” which show sex organs, were also banned in Germany and Switzerland until the 1990s. 1974 Iannone and Roth separated , remained friends however, up to Roth’s death in the year 1998.

Up to the present, she participated in numerous international exhibitions.

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