Conceived as an installation in six consecutive sections, Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document has been widely exhibited and intensely debated since its first scandalous appearance in the 1970s. Now, more than twenty years later, the Document's initial challenge to conceptual art and its impact on the emerging discourse of sexual difference have taken on a new significance. For many younger artists and critics, the republication of Kelly's artwork in book form will provide the opportunity to engage directly with the visual and intertextual strategies that spawned a generation of "thinking bad girls."
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"Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document, one of this century's most significant and influential artistic statements on identity, represents the ultimate merging of feminism and minimalist performativity. . . . It is an extraordinary work that is viscerally experienced rather than statically received."—Maurice Berger, New School for Social ResearchAbout the Author:
Mary Kelly is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her project-based artwork, Post-Partum Document (1973-79), Interim (1984-89) and Gloria Patri (1992) is represented in such public collections as London's Tate Gallery, the Zurich Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Australian National Gallery, the Helsinki City Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is author of Imaging Desire (1996) and her writing is included in the monograph Mary Kelly (1997).
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