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martha rosler

in public

may 26 – july 30, 2011

via a. stradella 7

After Martha Rosler’s comprehensive exhibition at Gam, Turin, this past fall and winter, Raffaella Cortese is delighted to announce the artist’s first Italian gallery solo show. The exhibition will  bring together a wide range of works covering several periods and fields of interest in the artist’s oeuvre. The guiding principle is Rosler’s attention towards representations of everyday life, often understood against a background of world events.

Martha Rosler has been an important figure in art since the 1960’s, contributing ground-breaking works in various media including video, photography, installation, performance, photo-text and critical writing. Her work addresses social life and the public sphere, often staking out feminist and anti-war positions. She has been included in numerous international exhibitions, most recently the Singapore Biennale; WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, PS1 in Queens, and other venues; UnMonumental at The New Museum in New York; Documenta 12; and Skulptur Projekte Münster; and Ambitions d’Art at Institut d’Art Contemporain in Villeurbanne, France. read more

After Martha Rosler’s comprehensive exhibition at Gam, Turin, this past fall and winter, Raffaella Cortese is delighted to announce the artist’s first Italian gallery solo show. The exhibition will  bring together a wide range of works covering several periods and fields of interest in the artist’s oeuvre. The guiding principle is Rosler’s attention towards representations of everyday life, often understood against a background of world events.

Martha Rosler has been an important figure in art since the 1960’s, contributing ground-breaking works in various media including video, photography, installation, performance, photo-text and critical writing. Her work addresses social life and the public sphere, often staking out feminist and anti-war positions. She has been included in numerous international exhibitions, most recently the Singapore Biennale; WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, PS1 in Queens, and other venues; UnMonumental at The New Museum in New York; Documenta 12; and Skulptur Projekte Münster; and Ambitions d’Art at Institut d’Art Contemporain in Villeurbanne, France.

Among Rosler’s best-known works are her photomontages from the series Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful (1967-72), which combine war scenes with images of domestic comfort and high design. In the wake of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, Rosler revisited the photomontage format, but reflecting the new spaces and technologies of war and its representations, in such works as Prospect for Today, Point and Shoot, and Invasion (2008).

Martha Rosler’s retrospective was shown in five European cities, and in New York at the New Museum and the International Center of Photography, between 1998 and 2000. A solo exhibition of her war photomontages was held at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts in 2007. Her writing has been published widely in catalogues and magazines, and she has published 14 books, in several languages, of photographs, texts, and commentary. Decoys and Disruptions: Selected Writings, 1975-2001, a book of Rosler’s essays, was published by the MIT Press in 2004 (reprinted, 2008). Other projects include the traveling exhibitions Martha Rosler Library, comprising 8,000 volumes from Rosler’s collection, and If You Lived Here Still, both in collaboration with e-flux.

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