Dorothy Iannone

°1933 †2022
Died in Berlin, DE
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, US

Dorothy Iannone has developed her artistic practice in paintings, artist’s books, video installations, sculptures, and sound works. In her visual and writing oeuvre, she has created a particular relationship between text, image, audio, and sculptural objects, emphasising their narrative and fictional dimension. In 1975, her close friend, the artist Robert Filliou, wrote: “Dorothy Iannone has been investigating through her visual work, her books, and her records, the world of love and loving styles. [...] She is a freedom fighter and a forceful and dedicated artist. Her aim is no less than human liberation.” Iannone examines topics related to female sexuality, which has led to her work being censored on several occasions. She refers to feelings and emotions, creating an erotic iconography largely inspired by non-Western imaginaries, where she passionately describes her intimate friendships and relationships with artists and lovers. For many years, she was associated both personally and artistically with Fluxus. Her transdisciplinary practice establishes a dialogue with the neo-avant-garde movements of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.