posted by Christopher Howard — Aug 13, 2015
The most recent issue of Art Journal, published several weeks ago, takes a special look at the work of the pioneering artist Carolee Schneemann. Over a fifty-year career, she has consistently been at the forefront of experimental art—as a filmmaker, a performance artist, a creator of media installations, and a feminist artist. The centerpiece of the issue is “The Kitch Portfolio,” for which the artist compiled thirty pages of previously unpublished artworks, photographs, journal entries, letters, and other archival texts pertaining to a central presence in her work from the mid-1950s through 1976, the feline artist and performer Kitch. Two essays on Schneemann’s work are also featured: Thyrza Nichols Goodeve’s “‘The Cat Is My Medium’: Notes on the Writing and Art of Carolee Schneemann,” and Kenneth White’s “Meat System in Cologne.” The issue also includes an essay by Kerr Houston on Richard Serra’s 1966 renunciation of painting, as well as reviews of books by Sharon Kivland, Sharon Louden, Stephen Wright, and Todd Cronan.