Dorothy Iannone - A Cookbook Book 28530
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Dorothy Iannone - A Cookbook Book 28530
Since the 1960s, Dorothy Iannone (born 1933) has aimed at representing ecstatic love, “the union of gender, feeling and pleasure.” Today her oeuvre, encompassing paintings, drawings, collages, videos, sculptures, objects and artist’s books, is widely recognized as one of the most provocative and fruitful bodies of work in recent decades for its liberalization of female sexuality, and political and feminist issues.

Created in 1969, when she was living with Swiss artist Dieter Roth, the Cookbookis a perfect example of how Iannone mixes daily life, creativity and thought, culminating in her vision of cooking as an outlet for both eroticism and introspection. A real book of recipes full of visual delights, the Cookbook contains densely decorated pages with patterned designs, packed text and vibrant colors. Personal sentences are interspersed among the lists of ingredients, revealing the exultations and tribulations of her life between the lines of recipes. Filled with wit, wordplay and idiosyncratic thoughts—”At least one can turn pain to color” accompanies the recipe for gazpacho; “Dorothy’s spirit is like this: green and yellow,” is written next to the ingredients for lentil soup—the Cookbook constitutes a self-portrait of the artist as a cook and a lover. This publication is a facsimile of the 1969 original, now published with a dust jacket specially designed by the artist.

"Sometimes I hate you so much that I must suppose I really hate you," Dorothy Iannone wrote in one of the opening spreads of her hand-written 1969 Cookbook dedicated to then-lover, Dieter Roth. "But that's only when you hurt me and just from my midget point of view. When I look at you full height I find you admirable and loveable and sort of godlike (I'm an old Catholic and have studied literature so I've got an idea what he's like—for one thing I know God is a man). Is this true? Anyway what I wanted to say the whole time is that I never would have started this recipe book if I didn't have the pleasure of cooking for you here and there. That's true." On the facing page, solid recipes for gazpacho, lentil soup and baked trout meuniere are surrounded by additional commentary, including: "I don't like to be sad. Half the time I am." "This is my ass mentally. Black + blue." "Only pain or pleasure can make art. Some people say longing too. Others say only men." And: "Dorothy's spirit is like this: green and yellow. No red?"

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