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Joan Jonas, Untitled (Butterfy), 2015

Joan Jonas, Untitled (Butterfy), 2015

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Joan Jonas
Untitled (Butterfly), 2015
cashmere, silk, and wool shawl in wooden box
Edition of 160 + 10 APs
55 x 55 in.
Produced by Fondazione Ratti, Como, Italy

Joan Jonas (US, b. 1936) is a pioneer of video/performance art and a multimedia artist. Her influence is crucial to the development of many contemporary art genres, from performance and video to conceptual art and theater. Throughout her prolific career, Jonas has been engaging in an elusive portrayal of female identity and the intersections of her physical and spiritual body. In 2019, on the occasion of the Walker exhibition The Body Electric, the Walker acquired a major installation titled Funnel (1974/2019). The work was first presented at the Walker as a public program accompanying the exhibition Projected Images (1974).

This hand-printed shawl, made in Como, Italy by Ratti S.p.A., is inspired by the artist’s aesthetic research. The central motif is the butterfly, which is an iconic, recurring element in her practice. As a nod to notable late 19th-century art historian and cultural theorist Aby Warburg, Jonas sees butterflies as symbols that fill the modern spiritual vacuum. Each shawl is hand-signed and includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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