Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison book cover
CLANADA (Natasha Chandani)
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
Kate Kraczon, Nayland Blake, Roksana Filipowska, and Abi Shapiro
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This volume accompanies the first major United States exhibition of artist Ree Morton (1936–77) in nearly four decades.

During a brief but incredibly prolific career, Morton produced installations, sculptures and drawings rich in emotion and philosophically complex, that celebrated tropes of love, friendship and motherhood, radically asserting sentiment as a legitimate subject of artmaking. Her inclusion of personal narrative—through literary, theoretical and autobiographical references—and use of bold color and theatrical imagery infused her objects with sly humor and decorative energy, generating a feminist legacy increasingly appreciated in retrospect.

Long celebrated by peers and younger generations, Morton’s influence on contemporary art remains considerable yet widely under-recognized.