‘Nicola L.: Life and Art’ is the first-ever comprehensive monograph on artist Nicola L. (1932–2018), whose pioneering oeuvre challenged ideas about identity, gender, and the body long before such questions were de rigueur.
Born in Morocco to French parents, she spent her formative years in Paris attending the BeauxArts, only to burn most of her paintings in 1965 and move towards formats that engaged people more directly: wall-mounted canvases that could be worn as costumes, sculptures that doubled as seats, coats designed for many people to wear at once, or films about radical political figures. She travelled the world, finding physical and artistic homes in the free-spirited community of Ibiza, in countercultural New York, and even in a Lebanese jail.
Edited by Hannah Martin and Omar Sosa, and made with the support of Alison Jacques, London and the Nicola L. Collection and Archive, this book brings together original images of the work, archival photographs, essays, interviews, and journals
Apartamento Publishing, 2023, 304 pages, 22 x 29 cm, puffy hardcover, English