Edited by Rhea Anastas with Michael Brenson
Witness to Her Art presents and interprets six singular experimental works by Piper, Hatoum, Noland, Holzer, Walker, and Rossell along with an artists’ magazine, Eau de Cologne, published by the Cologne gallerist Monika Sprüth. The artists discussed in the book are represented in the Marieluise Hessel Collection, which is on permanent loan to the Center for Curatorial Studies. Witness to Her Art foregrounds the role of the artist in the process of the reception of her work, a critical history which is represented in the volume through its selection of artists’ writings, previously unpublished documents, and contemporaneous criticism. Many of the anthology’s texts are published, translated, or reprinted for the first time. The anthology’s emphases are illuminated by essays by Pamela Franks on Piper; Aruna D’Souza on Hatoum; Johanna Burton on Eau de Cologne; David Levi Strauss on Holzer; Hamza Walker on Kara Walker; and Cuauhtémoc Medina on Rossell.