Rosemary Mayer: Ways of Attaching
Published by KÖNIG/LENBACHHAUS/LUDWIG FORUM/SPIKE ISLAND/SWISS INSTITUTE.
Edited by Eva Birkenstock, Laura McLean-Ferris, Robert Leckie, Stephanie Weber. Introduction by Eva Birkenstock, Simon Castets, Matthias Mühling, Robert Leckie. Text by Rosemary Mayer, Laura McLean-Ferris, Jenny Nachtigal, Jenni Sorkin.
The first ever survey of the pioneering feminist artist
A comprehensive catalog on the work of New York artist Rosemary Mayer (1943–2014), Ways of Attaching provides an overview of the artist’s work, moving from early conceptual experiments of the late 1960s through to textile sculptures and drawings made in the early 1970s, before focusing on propositional and durational performances and temporary monuments made from 1977 to 1982.
Highlighting Mayer’s formal interest in draping, knotting and tethering, Ways of Attaching focuses on the artist’s process of constructing real and imagined networks and constellations, in which friends and historical figures feature in expressions of affinity and attachment. It additionally features facsimile reproductions of Mayer’s writings and newly commissioned essays reflecting on her work and the influences of astronomy, feminism, the art scene in New York in the 1960s and ’70s, poetry, religion and Renaissance painting.