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“When my work was not censored outright, it was either mildly ridiculed, or described as folkloric, or just ignored,” says Dorothy Iannone. Irreverent, self-taught, and completely independent from the art system’s codified movements, Iannone is the author of a vibrant artistic universe that is fiercely independent and exquisitely erotic. After creating a series of works in the early 1960s, depicting icons of popular culture such as Charlie Chaplin, Jacqueline Kennedy, or the rock group the Rolling Stones as irreverent wood figurines with well-delineated sexual attributes beneath their clothing, Iannone subsequently drew inspiration from her own biographical experience, focusing above all on her passionate relationship with Dieter Roth, whom she met during a trip to Iceland in 1967. [...]
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