In 1961, after being prevented from bringing Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer into the U.S., Dorothy Iannone sued to force the government to cease categorizing the novel as obscene. Now in her mid-seventies, the Berlin-based artist seems to have lost none of her radicalism. Born in 1933, in Boston, she has been woefully under-recognized in this country, in part because her reputation was overshadowed by that of her longtime lover, the late German artist Dieter Roth. She considered him her muse; he called her "Lioness," the title of this small, yet thoroughly absorbing survey of her early work, made between 1965 and 1978. It's her first solo show in a U.S. museum. Through paintings, drawings, sculptural wood cutouts, and a video, Iannone creates a sort of erotic autobiography, depicting herself and Roth—often engaged in sex—as flat, stylized figures reminiscent of ancient Egyptian wall paintings. The couple faces the viewer, surrounded by three decorative, abstract... More >>>