Carolee Schneemann

Body Politics

Edited by Lotte Johnson with Chris Bayley; With contributions by Amy Sillman, Jo Applin, Thomas J. Lax, Alison Green, Elena Gorfinkel, Melissa Ragona, Eileen Myles, Jennifer Doyle, Karen Di Franco, Kenneth White, and Emily LaBarge

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Traces the feminist icon Carolee Schneemann’s prolific six-decade output, spanning her remarkably diverse, transgressive, and interdisciplinary expression

Carolee Schneemann (1939–2019) was one of the most experimental artists of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. This book traces the feminist icon’s prolific six-decade output, spanning her remarkably diverse, transgressive, and interdisciplinary expression. Contributions from leading and emerging scholars, writers, and artists shed new light on Schneemann’s work, which addressed everything from sexual expression, taboo, and the objectification of women, to the trauma of war and the precarity of the body. The publication features the artist’s experimental early paintings, assemblages, and kinetic sculptures, rarely seen photographs of her radical performances, her pioneering films, and groundbreaking multi-media installations. Archival material is interspersed throughout, offering intimate insights into Schneemann’s creative process. An artist who was concerned with lived experience—celebrating ecstasy, confronting human suffering, and everything in between—Schneemann’s experimental work addresses pressing social and political concerns, positioning her as one of the most relevant, provocative, and inspiring artists in recent years.

Lotte Johnson is associate curator, and Chris Bayley is assistant curator, both at the Barbican, London.


Barbican Art Gallery
(opening September 2022)

ISBN: 9780300260649
Publication Date: September 27, 2022
Publishing Partner: Published in association with Barbican Art Gallery
352 pages, 8 5/8 x 11
350 color + b/w illus.
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