Rosemarie Castoro (1939-2015) lived and worked in New York all her life, becoming a central figure in the city’s Minimalist and Conceptual Art scene while defying that categorization, declaring “I am not a minimalist, I am a maximalist”.
Finding early inspiration in experimental dance and choreography while a student at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and in subsequent collaborations with dancer Yvonne Rainer in the 1960s, Castoro’s work throughout her life exhibited a highly performative character. and understanding of space and movement. “Do all my problems center around space? At one point – my problem was time. Now, space. I want to carve out space. I carve space”, she wrote in her journal between 1972 and 1973.
Throughout her life she showed a tendency to combine media – declaring herself a ‘paintersculptor’. The works in the show show her extensive practice from the 1960s onwards and include painting, work on paper, video, concrete poetry, wall relief work, sculpture, floor pieces and archival material.
The exhibition is curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, Director, Mostyn and Kalliopi Tsipni-Kolaza, Associate Curator of Visual Arts, Mostyn, and kindly supported by the Henry Moore Foundation, the Rosemarie Castoro Estate and the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, London · Paris · Salzburg · Seoul, with special thanks to Werner Pichler.