Women in concrete poetry

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Women in concrete, visual, and sound poetry [*]


See also Women in Concrete Poetry channel on Are.na.

Sound works[edit]

Writings, statements[edit]

Biljana Tomić, "Objašnjenje typoezije", Novine Galerija SC 9, Belgrade, 1969, p 19. (Serbo-Croatian)
Lily Greenham, "Lingual Music", in Kontextsound, ed. Michael Gibbs, Amsterdam: Kontexts Publications, 1977, p 22.
Paula Claire, "The Notation of My Sound Poetry", Open Letter 5:7, Spring 1984. [7]
Mary Ellen Solt, "Concrete Steps to an Anthology", in Experimental, Visual, Concrete: Avant-garde PoetrySince the 1960s, eds. K. David Jackson, Eric Vos, and Johanna Drucker, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1996, pp 347-352.
Maria Demon, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, "Desiring Visual Texts: A Collage and Embroidery Dialogue", Jacket2, 25 Mar 2013.

Poets, artists[edit]

Exhibition catalogues[edit]

Group exhibitions[edit]

Arti visive. Poesia visiva. / Visual Poetry by Women, an International Exhibition in Venice, ed. Mirella Bentivoglio, intro. Franca Zoccoli, Rome: Studio d'Arte Contemporanea, 1976, [27] cards+[3] leaves, 22 x 16 cm. Introduction, Artist list. A gathering of artists’ cards documenting visual and concrete poetry all created by women from Italy, England, Germany, United States, Czechoslovakia, Portugal, Canada, and Japan. Organized by Bentivoglio, this multiyear exhibit traveled form city to city throughout Italy (Milan, Savona, Rome, Turin) starting in 1972. Participating artists: Annalisa Alloatti, Mirella Bentivoglio, Irma Blank, Paul Claire, Lia Drei, Ulrike Eberle, Anna Esposito, Amelia Etlinger, Gisela Frankenberg, Ilse Garnier, Bohumila Grögerová, Ana Hatherly, Annalies Klophaus, Liliana Landi, Giulia Niccolai, Anna Oberto, Anezia Pacheco e Chaves, Marguerite Pinney, Betty Radin, Giovanna Sandri, Mira Schendel, Mary Ellen Solt, Chima Sunada, Salette Tavares, Biljana Tomić, Patrizia Vicinelli. [8] (Italian),(English)
Materializzazione del linguaggio, ed. Mirella Bentivoglio, Biennale di Venezia 1978-Arti visive e architettura, 1978, 55 pp. Catalogue for exh. held 20 Sep-15 Oct 1978 featuring works by 86 women artists. Text by Mirella Bentivoglio, biographies of the exhibiting artists including Sonia Delaunay, Natalia Goncharova, Irma Blank, Mirella Bentivoglio, Lia Dreai, Chiara Diamantini, Elisabetta Gut, Ketty La Rocca, Lucia Marcucci, Simona Weller, Carla Vasio, Giulia Niccolai, Paola Levi Montalcini, Maria Lai, Tomaso Binga. [9] {{it}

Solo exhibitions[edit]

Mirella Bentivoglio: Pages: Selected Works, 1966-2012, ed. & intro. Frances K. Pohl, Claremont, CA: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2015, 152 pp, Excerpt (pp 57-90). This book is the first museum publication in English on Italian artist Mirella Bentivoglio (born 1922). It includes critical essays by art historians Frances K. Pohl, Leslie Cozzi and Franca Zoccoli, interviews with Bentivoglio and John David O'Brien, and a biographical note by Rosaria Abate, plus a bibliography. The book highlights work from the recent exhibition at the Pomona College Museum of Art, which surveyed nearly 50 years of the artist's work as an internationally renowned member of the Concrete and visual poetry movements. Including works in paper, stone, metal, wood, cloth, plastic and Plexiglass and with numerous previously unpublished images, it reveals the ways in which Bentivoglio engaged with many of the most significant formal and theoretical issues of postwar art--for example, the relationship between image and text, the impact of mass media and consumer culture, feminist critiques of patriarchy and artistic interventions in public spaces. Exhibition: Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, USA (20.01-17.05.2015). [10] (English)
Cozette de Charmoy: Podróże wyobraźni, eds. Urszula Czartoryska and Jaromir Jedlinski, Łódź: Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi, 1987, [16] pp. (Polish)


The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008, eds. Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill, Seattle, WA: FantaGraphics, 2012, 331 pp. Features a number of women poets. Project website. Publisher. Journal issue containing responses.
Evening Will Come 33: "Women of Visual Poetry", ed. & intro. Jessica Smith, Sep 2013. Works by Lori Anderson Moseman, Rosaire Appel, Petra Backonja, Andrea Baker, Alixandra Bamford, Harriet Bart, C. Mehrl Bennett, Carla Bertola, Anna Boschi, Robin F. Brox, lindsay cahill, Judith Copithorne, Maria Damon, Rachel Defay-Liautard, Michelle Detorie, Johanna Drucker, Lyric Dunagan, Amanda Earl, K. S. Ernst, Kiki Franceschi, Susana Gardner, K. Lorraine Graham, Rosa Gravino, Sandra Guerreiro, Sharon Harris, Anne Marie JeanJean, Ragnhildur Jóhanns, Adeena Karasick, Aya Karpinska, Sharon Kaye, Christine Kennedy, Wendy Kramer, Donna Kuhn, Bobbi Lurie, Jill Magi, Tracey McTague, Miriam Midley, Sheila Murphy, Denise Newman, T. A. Noonan, Julia Otxoa, Pearl Pirie, Deborah Poe, Frances Presley, michèle provost, Fátima Queiroz, Zarmina Rafi, a rawlings, cia rinne, Katrina Rodabaugh, Marilyn R. Rosenberg, Jess Rowan, Jessica Smith, Matina Stamatakis, Sandra Stephenson, Carol Stetser, Bianca Stone, Meredith Stricker, Eileen Tabios, Paulette Turcotte, Chris Turnbull, Danielle Vogel, Helen White.
Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959-1979, eds. Alex Balgiu and Mónica de la Torre, New York: Primary Information, Sep 2020, 480 pp. Takes as its point of departure the Materializzazione del linguaggio exhibition. Artists and writers include Lenora de Barros, Ana Bella Geiger, and Mira Schendel from Brazil; Mirella Bentivoglio, Tomaso Binga, Liliana Landi, Anna Oberto, and Giovanna Sandri from Italy; Amanda Berenguer from Uruguay; Suzanne Bernard and Ilse Garnier from France; Blanca Calparsoro from Spain; Paula Claire and Jennifer Pike from the UK; Betty Danon from Turkey; Mirtha Dermisache from Argentina; Bohumila Grögerová from the Czech Republic; Ana Hatherly and Salette Tavares from Portugal; Madeline Gins, Mary Ellen Solt, Susan Howe, Liliane Lijn, and Rosmarie Waldrop from the US; Irma Blank and Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt from Germany; Chima Sunada from Japan; and Katalin Ladik and Bogdanka Poznanović from the former Yugoslavia. Publisher.

Archives, resources[edit]

Paula Claire Archive; fromWORDtoART - International PoetArtists, an international archive of sound and visual poetry, est. 1983. The archive containing over 5,000 books, poem objects, exhibition catalogues, cassettes and CDs, was gathered by exchanging Claire's Little Press publications with fellow international poets, and is the basis of illustrated talks and displays.

Reception, art historical studies, theory[edit]

Nye Ffarrabas, "Nye Ffarrabas (formerly Bici Forbes Hendricks", in Remembering Judson House, eds. Elly Dickason and Jerry G. Dickason, New York: Judson Memorial Church, 2000, pp 321-334. (English)
Maria Antonietta Trasforini, "Decostruzioniste ante litteram: artiste in Italia negli anni Sessanta e Settanta", in Arte delle donne nell'Italia del Novecento, eds. Laura Iamurri and Sabrina Spinazzè, Rome: Meltemi, 2001, pp 181-199. Profiles Italian women whose artworks from those the 1960 and 1970s incorporated both word and image. [11] (Italian)
OEI 51: "Mary Ellen Solt: Towards a theory of concrete poetry", ed. & forew. Antonio Sergio Bessa, Stockholm, 2010. [12] [13] (English)
Evening Will Come 32: "Women Looking at Vispo", ed. Nico Vassilakis, Aug 2013. (English)
Leslie Cozzi, "Notes on the Index, Continued: Italian Feminism and the Art of Mirella Bentivoglio and Ketty La Rocca", Cahiers d’études italiennes 16, 2013, pp 213-234. (English)
Elisabeth A. Frost, "Visual Poetics", in A History of Twentieth-Century American Women's Poetry, ed. Linda A. Kinnahan, Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp 339-358. (English)


See also[edit]

Concrete poetry, Sound poetry, Feminist art