Rosemary Mayer – Ways of Attaching
Rosemary Mayer

A comprehensive catalog on the work of New York artist Rosemary Mayer (1943–2014), Ways of Attaching provides an overview of the artist’s work, 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 made from 1977 to 1982.

Highlighting Mayer’s formal interest in draping, knotting and tethering, Ways of Attaching 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. It additionally features facsimile reproductions of Mayer’s writings and newly commissioned essays reflecting on her work and the influences of astronomy, feminism, the art scene in New York in the 1960s and ’70s, poetry, religion and Renaissance painting.

Like fabric seen under different lighting, the colours of the publication softly transition, setting the mood and working as a tinted timeline for Mayer’s work.

Edited by Eva Birkenstock, Laura McLean-Ferris, Robert Leckie, Stephanie Weber
With essays by Jenny Nachtigall, Laura McLean-Ferris, Jenni Sorkin and Rosemary Mayer

Designed by Santiago da Silva and Ana Cecilia Breña
14 × 20 cm
290 pp.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Rosemary Mayer: Ways of Attaching by Lenbachhaus, Munich; Ludwig Forum, Aachen; Spike Island, Bristol; Swiss Institute, New York; and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Köln
ISBN: 978-3-7533-0163-1
Printed by Gutenberg Beuys Feindruckerei, Langenhagen
Color Correction by Max-Color, Berlin

Book photographs by Trevor Lloyd