New York

Ana Mendieta

Galerie Lelong & Co.

This show, which documents the first seven years of Ana Mendieta’s career, supplements spotty appearances of her work in group shows during the last few years and participates in a general revisioning of her career. Not only was her reputation thwarted during her lifetime, by her position as a Cuban born female artist in a white, male dominated art world, but her work has subsequently been upstaged by the victim status imposed on her as a result of her premature and much-publicized death in 1985. Starting with works made just after Mendieta graduated from the art program at the University of Iowa in 1972, the photographs, slide projections, video, sketchbooks, and installations on view indicate how she absorbed current trends in American art—particularly body art, site specific earthworks, and performance (in one early piece she recreated the scene of a recent rape that occurred on campus)

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