Louisiana poster with the work, Bei Uns (1969), by the American artist, Dorothy Iannone (b. 1933), who here reproduces a kind of floor plan of her and Dieter Roth's home. Freedom, free love, liberated sexuality and the ecstatic union with the other are central themes in Dorothy Iannone's explicitly autobiographical and explicitly erotic images. In 2022, Louisiana presents a retrospective selection of Iannone's works, as part of the exhibition series, Louisiana on Paper.
Since the 1960s, Iannone has developed a brightly colored, ornamental imagery that unfolds in paintings, drawings, books, video sculptures and more.
Dorothy Iannone's personal love relationships constitute an essential element. But the autobiographical depictions build on a solid foundation of mythological and historical depictions of relationships and gender, love, sex and ecstasy. Here, Iannone draws on references ranging from antiquity, the Icelandic sagas, Christianity and the Baroque to Indian tantra, world literature and film history.
Many works have the character of psychedelic 'graphic novels', where handwritten texts and pictures together tell the stories—bluntly and with the humor embedded in both linguistic and pictorial details.
Dorothy Iannone was born in Boston, USA, but has lived and worked in Europe since 1967. She is represented in Louisiana's collection with two works.
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