December Sale! 25% off all titles! Discounts will appear during checkout.

«
»

Excerpts from the 1971 Journal of Rosemary Mayer

Edited by Marie Warsh

Rosemary Mayer (1943–2014) produced a vast and diverse body of work that includes sculptures, outdoor installations, drawings, illustrations, artists’ books, lyrical essays, and art criticism. She began her career in the late 1960s, experimenting with conceptual art while a student at the School of Visual Arts and as a contributor to 0 TO 9, the journal of experimental art and writing. In 1971 she began to focus on the use of fabric as a primary medium for sculpture and to more actively pursue opportunities to exhibit her work. She also began to participate in a feminist consciousness-raising group which contributed to her involvement in A.I.R., the first cooperative gallery for women in the United States. This was a pivotal period in Mayer’s life and career, and she documented it in remarkable detail in her 1971 journal.

With deep self-awareness and honesty, Mayer reveals herself, at age 28, in the process of committing more fully to life as an artist. In her journal, she records her plans, enthusiasms, ambitions, and insecurities about her work, as well as her opinions about the art around her. She also chronicles how being an artist was interwoven into all aspects of her daily life, from concerns about money, to being in love, to reading books and watching movies, to hanging out with friends. The result is a striking document of the entanglement of art and life and an intimate view into the New York art scene of the 1970s. Illustrated with images of her sculptures, drawings, sketchbooks, and apartment from the time, this expanded edition of Excerpts from the 1971 Journal of Rosemary Mayer—previously published in a limited run—includes a new introduction and twice the material of the first edition.

 

MARIE WARSH is a historian and writer. She has co-edited two other books on Rosemary Mayer, who was her aunt. She is also the author of Central Parks Adventure Playgrounds: Renewal of a Midcentury Legacy (2019).

 

 

 

«
»