Excerpts from the 1971 Journal of Rosemary Mayer

Edited by Marie Warsh

Object Relations, Brooklyn, NY


Excerpts from the 1971 Journal of Rosemary Mayer provide insight into a pivotal movement in the artist’s life and career as well as the New York art scene of the 1970s. Published in conjunction with Mayer’s first solo show since the 1980s, the diary documents her ideas about art and struggles as an artist and includes illustrations of work she was making at the time. Mayer, who kept a journal for decades, was also interested in the journal as an art form; as critic Phillip Griffith observed, “The personal, political, and artistic are all on view in Mayer’s writing, reflecting her own poetics of the journal as a genre of everyday experience.”


Related Article:

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

The first edition is out of print. A new, expanded edition will be published by Soberscove and available in the spring of 2020.