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Rosemary Mayer (1943–2014)

Artist Rosemary Mayer has passed away. An active participant in the New York art scene in the 1970s, Mayer made large-scale sculptures, many primarily fabric, that often explored post-Minimalist and feminist concerns. She collaborated with poet Bernadette Mayer (her sister) and artist Vito Acconci, her husband at the time, to produce 0 to 9, a mimeographed, experimental publication that collected contributions from poets and conceptual artists. As one of the pioneers of early feminist arts movements, Mayer—along with artist Adrian Piper and several others—founded a women artists’ group; she was later a founding member of A. I. R. Gallery. Her work has appeared Franklin Furnace, the New York Cultural Center, the Whitney Museum downtown, and MoMA P.S. 1.

Mayer was a prolific writer (and translator) as well. In the late ‘70s, she translated the diaries of Pontormo, who she felt came from “a time after the clarity of the Renaissance” that shared some of the spirit of the post-Minimalist movement with which she identified. As a writer and critic, she contributed to Art in America, Arts Magazine, and Art-Rite: Surroundings, among other publications.

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