GEORGIA O'KEEFFE | SOME MEMORIES OF DRAWINGS. NEW YORK: ATLANTIS EDITIONS, 1974
SOME MEMORIES OF DRAWINGS. NEW YORK: ATLANTIS EDITIONS, 1974
Unbound as issued (8 1/4 x 6 in.). Text booklet (sewn) containing half-title, title, introduction, "Epigraph" and introduction by the artist, colophon on separate bifolium, 21 very fine 300-line offset lithographs of drawings (negatives by Richard Benson) on Arches Silkscreen by Meriden Gravure, each in a bifolium folder, most with commentary by O'Keeffe on the first leaf, booklet and folders of pale green Charter Oak paper, Centaur and Arrighi type, designed and printed by Leonard Baskin, with an extra set of the plates printed on Meridan Bristol. Publisher's folding box of half art vellum over patterned paper, spine lettered in black.
Copy G of 20 lettered copies not for sale (of a whole edition of 120), signed by O'Keeffe and Baskin on the colophon page; according to an inserted printed card, only fourteen of the not-for-sale copies included the extra suite of plates.
Some Memories of Drawings is unique in that O'Keeffe not only wrote commentary on the drawings, but was also an active participant in the alterations of the plates. As editor Doris Bry writes in the notes for the trade edition, "It seems of interest to set down some information which would otherwise be lost about Georgia O'Keeffe's participation in the reproductions I have published of her drawings, especially since a number of these plates do not correspond to the original works of art as they now appear. What might seem to be liberties, had I as publisher undertaken them, were changes made by O'Keeffe because for her they enhanced the relationship between the original drawing and the printed reproduction. Only the artist herself could have sanctioned such bold changes in composition, in scale, and in tonality." Some Memories of Drawings is a great American livre d'artiste and a very revealing look into how O'Keeffe perceived her work over the years. A good many of these drawings were executed between 1916 and 1919 and were first exhibited at Steiglitz's gallery, 291. By the time O'Keeffe saw the drawings again in the 1970's, some had faded and altered in other ways. Her revisions, done over fifty years later, are of great interest.
Copy no. 2 of the 100 numbered copies for sale is included in The Book Room: Georgia O'Keeffe's Library in Abiquiu, pp. 50–51.
By descent to the present owner
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