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4 SEP—31 OKT 2020
Special opening hours Berlin Art Week 9—13 SEP, noon—7pm
Opening 4 SEP, 6—9pm
Rosemary Mayer (1943—2014) was a significant figure in the New York art scene beginning in the late 1960s. A prolific artist and writer as well as active participant in feminist artistic discourses, Mayer was intimately involved within a close-knit network of fellow artists, scholars and gallerists, including artist Adrian Piper; her sister and poet Bernadette Mayer; former spouse and artist Vito Acconci; artist Ree Morton; writer, art critic and curator Lawrence Alloway, and many others. In 1972, Mayer, along with 19 other women artists, founded A.I.R. Gallery on Wooster St., Manhattan: the first nonprofit, artist-directed and maintained gallery for women artists in the United States. Between 1969 and 1973, Mayer’s art developed from textual works into material sculptures primarily using fabric. Taking inspiration from the Mannerist painter Jacopo Pontormo, whose use of color and textural detail made considerable impact on Mayer, the works recalled myth and history in a manner radically distinct from the fashion of Minimalist male artists, who favored lasting materials such as steel and concrete. Although she is mostly known for her billowing fabric sculptures, Mayer’s oeuvre extends far beyond the signature dyed and draped fabrics which signalled a critical point in her art making. Throughout her artistic career, Mayer’s work was exhibited at numerous alternative art spaces in New York, including The Clocktower, Sculpture Center and Franklin Furnace, as well as several university galleries. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Estate of Rosemary Mayer, New York.