Barcelona: Ediciones Polígrafa, 1996. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's gray cloth, spine stamped in white, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Monograph on Cuban-American sculptor, performance and video artist Mendieta, best-known for her earth/body sculptures, involving natural materials and imprints of her own body. Mendieta came to the US as a political refugee from the Castro regime while still a teenager, earned her MFA at the University of Iowa, and ultimately landed in New York, where she became involved in feminist politics and the art world. Her husband, the sculptor Carl Andre, was acquitted of her 1985 death, but the circumstances – a fall from their bedroom window 30 stories up – remain mysterious and the acquittal controversial. Published on the occasion of an exhibit organised by the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Campostela, July 23 - October 13, 1996. Illustrated with 244 color and 18 black-and-white photos, drawings, and reproductions. With selections from Mendieta's personal writings, a reminiscence by her sister Raquelín, and texts by curator-critics Moure (who edits the volume), Kuspit, and Merewether, and gallerist Sabbatino, who manages the artist's estate; also with a chronology, bibliography, and index of works reproduced. Split to gutter between front free endpaper and half-title but sound; light rubbing to spine-head of unclipped dust jacket. Very good. Scarce. Item #315