Rosemary Mayer

Ways of Attaching

Opening March 4, 2022, 7 pm

Ways of Attaching is the first survey exhibition in Europe by the U.S. artist Rosemary Mayer (1943-2014). The exhibition provides insight into Mayer’s body of work over four decades; moving from early conceptual experiments of the late 1960s through to textile sculptures and drawings made in the early 1970s, before focusing on propositional and durational performances and temporary monuments from 1977-1982 and resuming book illustrations in the early 2000s. Highlighting Mayer’s formal interest in draping, knotting and tethering, the exhibition focuses on the artist’s process of constructing real and imagined networks and constellations, in which friends and historical figures feature in expressions of affinity and attachment.

About Rosemary Mayer

Rosemary Mayer (1943-2014) was a prolific artist involved in the New York art scene beginning in the late 1960s. Mayer was a founding member of A.I.R. Gallery, the first cooperative gallery for women in the U.S. and had one of the earliest shows there. During the 1970s and 1980s, her work was also shown at many New York alternative art spaces, including The Clocktower, Sculpture Center and Franklin Furnace, and in university galleries throughout the country. In 1982, her translation of the diary of Mannerist artist Jacopo da Pontormo was published along with a catalogue of her work. Recent exhibitions of Mayer’s work have taken place at Southfirst, Brooklyn (2016), Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia (2017), ChertLüdde, Berlin (2020) and Gordon Robichaux, New York (2021). Her work was included in the exhibition Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., curated by Nick Mauss at Kunsthalle Basel (2020).

About the exhibition

Rosemary Mayer: Ways of Attaching is the first exhibition curated by Eva Birkenstock as the new director of the Ludwig Forum Aachen. The exhibition will be accompanied by a presentation of the collection, jointly developed with the curatorial team of the Ludwig Forum Aachen.

The exhibition is organized together with Marie and Max Warsh of the Estate of Rosemary Mayer and in partnership with Swiss Institute, New York, Lenbachhaus, Munich and Spike Island, Bristol.

The exhibition is made possible through support from the Ludwig Stiftung, the Kunststiftung NRW and the Terra Foundation of American Art.

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