What Is Psychedelic traces New York and Berlin-based artist Aura Rosenberg's (b. 1949) trajectory from early paintings to more recent works in photography, film, sculpture, and installation. Central to Rosenberg's practice are the ways images produce and reproduce notions of spectatorship, gender, family, history, and legacy—that is, the conditions of everyday life. For over five decades, her work has challenged how such vernacular images create seemingly naturalized meanings through which people understand themselves in the world. This book complements Rosenberg's joint exhibitions at the Mishkin Gallery and Pioneer Works, curated by Alaina Claire Feldman. It pairs full-color plates of the artist's work with essays by artists, historians, and curators that offer the first comprehensive overview of Rosenberg's oeuvre.
What Is Psychedelic is edited by Alaina Claire Feldman featuring texts by Lena Dunham, Alaina Claire Feldman, Matt Keegan, Claire Koron Elat, Laura López Paniagua, Tim Martin, John Miller, Bob Nickas, Barbara Piwowarska, Lumi Tan, and Alexandra Tell.