Rosemary Mayer (1943-2014)


2021 “Rosemary Mayer: ‘Ways of Attaching,’” Swiss Institute, New York, NY

         “’Pleasures and Possible Celebrations’”: Rosemary Mayer’s Temporary Monuments, 1977-1981,” Gordon Robichaux, New York, NY

2020 “Rods Bent Into Bows: Fabric Sculptures and Related Drawings, 1971-1973,” ChertLüdde, Berlin, Germany.

2017 “Rosemary Mayer: Beware of All Definitions,” Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

2016 “Rosemary Mayer: Conceptual Works and Early Fabric Sculptures, 1969-1973,” SOUTHFIRST, Brooklyn New York

2010 “Gilgamesh,” Main Lobby Showcase Gallery, LaGuardia CC, L.I.C., NYC

2006 “Beowulf Reproduced,” Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NY

2005 “Illustrations for Beowulf,” Resnick Gallery, Brooklyn Campus, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

1993 “Flotsam,” Long Island University, Salena Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1985 Pam Adler Gallery, New York, NY

1982 Interart Gallery, The Women’s Interart Center, Inc.

         “Moon Tent,” Roof of the Hobbs House, Lansing, New York

         A & M Artworks, New York, NY

1981 Minneapolis College of Art and Design

1980 “Lochrian Mode, 1974-75, and Other Sculptures from the Seventies.”

         “Paintings and Sculpture,” The Art Gallery, Malott Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

         Interart Gallery, the Women’s Interart Center, Inc.

1979 “Snow People,” Lenox Library garden, Lenox Massachusetts

         “Sculptures, Books, Woks on Paper,” 55 Mercer Street Gallery and 461 Park Avenue South Gallery, New York, NY

1978 “Sculptures, Books, Drawings, 1971-77,” State University of New York at Stony Brook

         “Hours,” University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

         “Balloon for a Birthday,” Roof of 461 Park Avenue South, New York, NY

         “Some Days In April,” Property of Bruce Kurtz, Hartwick, New York

1977 “Spell,” Jamaica Farmer’s Market, Jamaica, NY

1976 Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York

1975 Whitney Museum of Art Resources Center, New York, NY

1973 A. I. R. Gallery, New York


2020 “Light Over Plaster Clouds: Fabienne Lasserre, Rosemary Mayer, Yamini Nayar,” Critical  Path Method, Baltimore, MD, curated by Max Warsh

         “Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc.,” an exhibition by Nick Mauss, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland

2019 “Far Back Must Go Who Wants To Do A Big Jump,” Chert Lüdde, Berlin, Germany

         “By Your Own Hands,” Camayuhs, Atlanta GA, curated by Heidi Nelson

2017 Ancient Art Objects,” Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA, curated by Katie Geha

         “Elaine, Let’s Get the Hell Out of Here,” Nichelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Ashton Cooper

         “Dialogues in Drawing,” Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

         “Works on Paper: 1813-2016,” Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York, NY

         “Fantastic Architecture: Vostell, Fluxus, and The Built Environment,” Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, Chicago, IL, curated by Jacob Proctor

2016 “Whatever Moves Between Us Also Moves the World in General,” Murray Guy Gallery, New York, NY

         “On Empathy,” Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York, NY, organized with Michiah Hussey

2015 “Acciones En La Calle: Street Works in New York and Latin America circa 1970 Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY Old Westbury, Long Island, NY, curated by Gillian Sneed

         “Static Cling 2,” BAM, Brooklyn, NY, co-curated by Maria Britton, April Childers, Robin Kang

2012 “Yesterday Amphoric,” Regina Rex, Queens, NY, curated by Max Warsh

2011 “Groundbreaking: The Women of the Sylvia Sleigh Collection,” Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

2011 “Permanent Collection,” at NURTURart, Brooklyn, NY

2008 “The History Show,” A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2008 “A.I.R. Gallery Retrospective,” Werkstatte Gallery, New York, NY

2008 “Art Faculty Exhibition,” LaGuardia Community College, L.I.C., NY

1997 “Material Girls,” 128 Gallery, New York, NY

1994 “Lure of the Local,” CU Galleries, Boulder, CO

1989 “American Women Artists: The 20th Century,” Knoxville Museum of Art and Queens Community College, Queens, NY

1989 “89 for 89,” G. W. Einstein, New York, NY

1988 “Eight Artists,” 128 Gallery, New York, NY

1987 “New Romantics,” Union Square Gallery, New York, NY

1986 “Sculptural Membrane,” Sculpture Center, New York

1986 “Paper Now,” Cleveland Museum of Art

1984 “Drawing,” Forum Gallery, New York, NY

1983 “The White Wall Papers,” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

1982 “Designs for Productions,” Soho Baroque Opera Company, New York, NY

         “Views by Women Artists,” Surrogates Courts, New York, NY

1981 “Artists’ Books,” Metronom, Barcelona, Spain

         “Words as Images,” Renaissance Society, University of Chicago

         Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

         “Times Square Show,” New York, NY

         “Dialogues,” Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York, NY

1980 “Poets’ Painters,” Denver Art Museum; Adkins Museum of Fine Arts, Kansas City; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art

1979 “Drawings,” Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

1978 Organization of Independent Artists, Arte Fiera, Bologna, Italy

         “Overview,” P.S. 1. Long Island City, New York

         “Artworks/Bookworks,” Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art

         “Fabric Pieces from the Sixties,” Beucker & Harpsichords, New York

1977 “Six Women Artists,” Rutgers University Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ

         School of Visual Arts Alumni, Hundred Acres Gallery

         “Space/Matter ’77,” Intercart Gallery, New York

         “Paper,” Rockefeller Arts Center, State University of New York at Fredonia

1976 Exhibition of Artists’ Books with Nancy Kitche, Franklin Furnace, New York, NY

1975 “Group Indiscriminate,” 112 Green Street Gallery, New York

         “Six Women,” William Patterson College, Wayne, New Jersey

         “Five Americans,” Galerie Gerald Piltzer, Paris, France

1974 “Discussion – Words/Works,” The Clocktower, New York

         “New Talent Festival,” Forum Gallery, New York

         “Tight and Loose,” University Art Gallery, State University of New York, Albany

1973 “Women Choose Women” and “Soft as Art,” New York Cultural Center, New York

         “Options,” Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

         A.I.R. Gallery, New York

         “Materials II,” Massachusetts College of Art, Boston


Natalie Haddad, “Rosemary Mayer’s Art of the Unseen,” Hyperallergic, June 19, 2021.

Johanna Fateman, Rosemary Mayer, New Yorker Goings On About Town, June 14, 2021.

Elizabeth Buhe, Review of “Pleasures and Possible Celebrations’: Rosemary Mayer’s Temporary Monuments, 1977-1981” Brooklyn Rail, June 2021.

Katie Geha, Review of Bernadette Mayer’s Memory & Excerpts from the 1971 Journal of Rosemary Mayer, Art Papers, Summer 2020.

Thea Ballard, “Strange Rhythms: On Rosemary Mayer’s 1971 Diary, The Nation, July 23, 2020.

Katie Silzer, Review of Excerpts from the 1971 Journal of Rosemary Mayer, Brooklyn Rail, June 2020.

Amy Tobin, “The thousand episodes the mind enjoys: Bernadette and Rosemary Mayer,” Burlington Contemporary, May 20, 2020.

Genevieve Lipinsky de Orlov, “Permanent Records” review of Rosemary Mayer at ChertLüdde, Texte Zur Kunst, March 2021.

Andrew Witt, Rosemary Mayer at ChertLüdde, Art Forum Critics’ Pick, November 14, 2020.

Carina Bukuts, Rosemary Mayer at ChertLüdde, Frieze On our Radar: The Best Exhibitions in Europe Right Now, October 1, 2020.

Noam Parness, “Voluminous Absence: Rosemary Mayer’s ‘Shekinah’ and ‘Bat Kol,’” Protocols #7, May 2020.

Wendy Vogel, “Nothing Independent of Its Circumstances: Rosemary Mayer,” Mousse Magazine 73, Fall 2020.

Phillip Griffith, “Monuments Not Meant to Last,” Hyperallergic, October 5, 2018.

Rebecca Brantley, “Rediscovering Rosemary Mayer at UGA Dodd Galleries, Burnaway, November 14, 2017.

Dan Weiskopf, “Fragments from the Museum of Us: ‘Ancient Art Objects’ at Whitespace,” Burnaway, August 18, 2017.

Thea Ballard,” Rosemary Mayer,” Art in America, March 24, 2017.

Phillip Griffith, “Excerpts from the 1971 Journal of Rosemary Mayer,” Review in the Brooklyn Rail, February 2017.

“Rosemary Mayer,” New Yorker (Goings on About Town), November 28, 2016

Martha Schwendener, “Rosemary Mayer,” New York Times Art in Review, November 18, 2016

Chloe Wyma, “Rosemary Mayer, Southfirst,” Artforum Critic’s Pick, November 4, 2016 (online)

Marie Warsh and Gillian Sneed, “The Diaries of An Artist: The Art and Writing of Rosemary Mayer,” Brooklyn Rail (online), April 6, 2016.

“Knock Back a Few With Beowulf,” The Gothamist, Dec. , 2006

“Resnick Gallery Brings Classic Poetry to Life,” Seawanhaka, Oct.6, 2005.

“New Romantics’,” Michael Scholnick, Cover, February 1988, pp. 16-7.

“New Romantics,” Phyllis Rosenblatt, East Village Review, November-December 1987, p. 108.

Paper Now, exhibition catalogue, Jane Glaubinger, Cleveland Museum of Art and Indiana

University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, 1986, pp. 44-45, 70.

“The Pleasure of Necessity: The Work of Rosemary Mayer,” Maureen Connor, Woman’s Art Journal, Fall 1985/Winter 1986, vol. 6 #2.

“Rosemary Mayer,” Reagan Upshaw, Art in America, October 1985.

“Rosemary Mayer, “ Gret Masters, Arts Magazine, September 1985.

“Artists’ Book,” (review of Pontormo’s Diary), Lawrence Alloway, Art in America, summer 1984.

“Maureen Connor,” Lawrence Alloway, Arts Magazine, Septembers 1982.

“Words as Images,” The Editors, White Walls #5, Chicago, 1981.

Independent Studios One (limited edition portfolio), Lawrence Alloway, New York City, 1981.

“Art,” Lawrence Alloway, The Nation, December 6, 1981.

“A Business Stress on the Arts,” Elizabeth M. Fowler, The New York Times, March 19, 1980.

“Poets and Painters: Lines of Color,” David Shapiro, Poets’ Painters, Denver Art Museum, Denver Colorado, 1979.

“Can Museums Collect Contemporary Sculpture?” Ellen Lubell, Soho Weekly News, June 7, 1979, pp. 28-9.

Originals: American Women Artists, Eleanor Munro, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1979, pp. 391-392.

Who’s Who of American Women, 12 edition, 1981-1982, Marguis, Chicago, Illinois.

“Snow People,” Avice Meehan, The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, February 12, p. 24.

“Art Pick,” William Zimmer, Soho Weekly News, January 24-Febuary 1, 1979.

World Who’s Who of Women, Fifth Edition, Cambridge, UK, 1979.

American Women Artists (slide set), M. Stofflet, ed., Harper & Row, New York City, 1979.

Great Drawings of the Twentieth Century, Shorewood Fine Art Books, New York City, 1979.

Review, B, Cavaliere, Arts Magazine, June 1978, p. 40-1.

Who’s Who in American Art, Catell Press, Tempe, Arizona, 1978/

“A Herstory…,” J. Becker, The Real Paper, Boston, Massachusetts, June 3, 1978, p. 31.

“Rosemary Mayer,” Valentine Tatransky, Arts Magazine, April 1978, p. 13

“Ion and Out of Bounds,” April Kingsley, Village Voice, March 10, 1978, p. 73.

“Soft Art,” Ellen Lubell, Soho Weekly News, December 22, 1977, p. 27

“Jamaica Market Reopening,” New York Post, April 6, 1977.

“Rosemary Mayer,” B. Cavaliere, Womanart, Winter-Spring 1977, p. 45.

Review, Anne Wooster, Art News, January 1977, p. 118.

Review, Bruce Kurtz, Art in America, March-April 1977, p. 113.

Individuals, ed. Alan Sondheim, Dutton, New York City, 1977, pp 191-122 & intro.

“Art,” Lawrence Alloway,” The Nation, October 30, 1976.

“Rosemary Mayer,” Lawrence Alloway, Artforum, Summer 1976.

“Women’s Art in the Seventies,” Lawrence Alloway, Art in America, May-June 1976.

“Rosemary Mayer,” Alan Sondheim, Arts Magazine, September 1975.
“Five Americans,” Art Press, Francoise Eliet, Art Press, Paris, March-April 1975.

“Woman Have Always Made Art,” Aphra, Winter 1974.

“Le soft art et les femmes,” Aline Dillier, Opus 52 International, September 1974.

“Le feminist art aux U.S.A.,” Opus 50 International, April 1974.

“New Talent Festival,” Peter Frank, Soho Weekly News, June 30, 1974.

“Art,” Lawrence Alloway, The Nation, June 29, 1974.

“New Talent,” John Perrault, Village Voice, June 20, 1974.

Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object, Lucy Lippard, Preager, 1973, p. 69.

“Minus times minus equals plus,” Daniella Palezzeli, Domus, March 1973.

“Art,” Lawrence Alloway, The Nation, June 4, 1973.

Review, Roberta Smith, Artforum, September 1973.

“Suggesting a Transference…,” Paul Stitelman, Arts Magazine, September 1973.

“Crafts for Art’s Sake,” Elizabeth Weatherford, MS Magazine, May 1973.

“Let’s be flexible…,” Peter Schjeldahl, New York Times, April 1, 1973.

“Hung, draped and plopped,” John Perrault, Village Voice, March 29, 1973.

“Women Choose Women,” April Kingsley, Artforum, March 1973.

“Bypassing the Gallery System,” Marcia Tucker, MS Magazine, February 1973.

Review, Roberta Smith, Arts Magazine, February 1973.

“Nylon Organza Art,” Robert Taylor, Boston Globe, January 1, 1973.

Review, Shirley Marion, Crafts Horizons, December 1972.

Review, Roberta Smith, Arts Magazine, November 1972.


Temporary Monuments: Work by Rosemary Mayer, 1977-1982. Edited by Max Warsh and Marie Warsh. Soberscove, Chicago, IL, 2018.

Rosemary Mayer: Beware of All Definitions: Selected Works, 1966-1973. Edited by Katie Geha and Marie Warsh. Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2017.


Second and Expanded Edition: Excerpts from the 1971 Journal of Rosemary Mayer, Edited by Marie Warsh, Sobsercove Press, Chicago, IL, 2020.

Excerpts from the 1971 Journal of Rosemary Mayer, Edited by Marie Warsh, Object Relations/Southfirst Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2016

Artist Books

Pontormo’s Diary, Out of London Press, New York and Milan, 1979.

Surroundings, Art-Rite Publishing CO., New York, 1977.

41 Fabric Swatches: 0-9 Press, New York, 1969


“Some of My Stories,” Heresies, New York, Summer 1988.

“Luxe,” Beauty and Critique, Time/Space Limited, Mussman/Bruce, New York: 1983.

“A Moon Tent,” White Walls #8, Chicago, Summer 1983

“Those,” White Walls #5, Chicago, Winter 1981.

“Josephine in Time, “United Artists Seven, Lenox, MA

“Spell,” White Walls #2, Chicago, Spring, 1979

“Contexts” with Nancy Kitchel, Tracks, Vol. 3 #1, New York, 1977

“Two Years,” Individuals, ed. Alan Sondheim., E.p. Dutton, New York, 1977.

“Passages,” Tracks, Vol. 2 #1 and #3, New York: 1976

“Firecracker,” 0 to 9 #3, New York, 1968


“Epigrams of Dioscorides” (with Bernadette Mayer), The World #35, St. Mark’s Press, New York, 1982

Pontormo’s Diary, see above

Reviews and Articles

“Dan Graham,” Art in America, November 1975

“Arts USA,” Information et documents, Paris, October 1975

“Charles Simonds at Artist’ Space,” Art in America, March 1975

“Sylvia Sleigh at A.I.R., “Art in America, November 1974

“A.I.R. – Women Artists,” Bollaffiarte, Turin, November 1974

“Other Criteria by Leo Steinberg,” (book review), Arts Magazine, March 1973.

“Morris Louis by Michael Field” (book review), Arts Magazine, March 1973.

“Performance and Experience,” Arts Magazine, January 1973.

“Attitudes Towards Materials, Content and the Personal,” Arts Magazine, May 1973

“Indoor – Outdoor: Sculpture and Materials,” Arts Magazine, September 1972.

A.I.R. Statement, A.I.R Gallery, New York City, September 1972.

Monthly reviews for Arts Magazine, 1972-1974.


coleção moraes-barbosa, São Paulo

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Various private collections