Author(s)/Editor(s): Dorothy Iannone
Dimensions: 185 x 230 mm
You Who Read Me With Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends reproduces some familiar works in Iannone’s oeuvre but focuses on rarely seen, long-out-of- print artist’s books, drawings and unpublished writings, many reproduced in their entirety or substantial excerpted so that readers can delve into work not easily read in an exhibition space or a catalog. This selection features the complete 80-page fever-dream Danger in Düsseldorf (originally published by Hansjörg Mayer), the lover’s ode The Whip, as well as almost half of A Cookbook in which she narrates the exultations and tribulations of her life between the lines of recipes. With wit, visual delight, irresistible erotic candor and heart-felt generosty, Iannone invites readers into an intimate world that speaks to the liberating potential of love.
Dorothy Iannone is a pioneer whose work from the 1960s forward has opened out a space of exuberant, colorful transgression, mixing a canny sense of humor with the gravity of the erotic. Her paintings and drawings, in which she is often the star, are a hybrid mix of high and low references—and represent a crucial piece in the history of female self-articulation. Bizarre, proliferative, and also figurative, her work can be understood as parallel to the taboo-shattering underground comics of Robert Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb. Iannone’s oeuvre, beautifully collected here in this important book, is part of a history of brave—often sexually explicit—expression that we recognize today in contemporary comics. You Who Read Me With Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends is a revelation.