New York based artist and activist Mary Beth Edelson (born in 1933 in East Chicago, Indiana, USA) lives and works in New York City and is seen as a pioneer of the feminist art scene of the 1970s. However, aside from female artist circles she is widely unknown. Within her works, she examines constructions of gender and undermines stereotypical representations of women in a humorous, partly performative manner. As a member of Heresies Collective (with Lucy Lippard, Miriam Schapiro and Joan Snyder), she was involved in the making of the feminist art magazine Heresies. Her political commitment during the 1980s and 1990s involved her membership in WAC (Women’s Action Coalition) and the three-month project Combat Zone (Campaign against Domestic Violence).
The large number of artistic means – sculpture, collage, poster, photography, installations and performance – enables her to create spaces of expression and convey a positive image of “being woman”. Her latest works deal with cinema and the role of female film stars.
Her recently published monograph The Art of Mary Beth Edelson including essays by Laura Cottingham, Alissa Friedman and Linda Aleci ist the first considerable book about Mary Beth Edelson that was designed and published by the artist herself. By presenting various collages and arrangements of text and images, the artist gives insight into her living and working environments and by that highlights the importance of living and working circumstances for her won artistic work.
The Art of Mary Beth Edelson
With essays by Laura Cottingham, E. Ann Kaplan, Alissa Friedman, Paul Bloodgood and Linda Aleci and a timeline by Amy Treveloyn and Mary Beth Edelson. New York: Seven Cycles, 2002
The series Visit is a open platform for the presentation and discussion of contemporary art. Künstlerhaus offers to everyone interested, the possibility to propose ideas or concepts for discussions, talks and screenings. The compilation for the series is made by a group of members that meets frequently.