Inspired by Robert Creeley’s poems, this livre d’artiste was created by John Altoon soon after the establishment of Gemini Ltd. by Tamarind-trained master printer Ken Tyler. Altoon lived next door to the newly founded workshop at 8221 Melrose Avenue, and Tyler recalled that making the book had been “absolute heaven,” since both artist and printer wanted only the other’s happiness. Altoon included 10 lithographs to three poems by Creeley (“Anger,” “The Woman” and “Distance”), relaying the artist’s trademark fluidity of line and application of pastel colors. Indeed, the portfolio reflects the continuation of Altoon’s interest in the expressive potential of gestural imagery. Here he draws on the intense emotional range that permeates all relationships, as explored in Creeley’s verse.
- Artist Name: John Altoon (American, 1925-1969)
- Title: About Women
- Date: 1965-66
- Medium: Lithograph
- Edition: Edition of 100, No. 9
- Dimensions: 19 x 19-1/16 in. (48.3 x 48.4 cm)
- Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Gensberg, 1967
- Accession Number: P.1967.15.02
- Copyright: © 2022 The Estate of John Altoon and Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
Alternate Realities: Altoon, Diebenkorn, Lobdell, Woelffer
- Norton Simon Museum, 2022-05-13 to 2022-08-22
Additional Artwork by Artist
Image reproduction permission may be granted for scholarly or arts related commercial use. All image requests, regardless of their intended purpose, should be submitted via the reproduction request form.
Images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. Additional permission may be required.
Approved requests for the reproduction of an image will receive a contract detailing all fees and conditions of use of the image. Upon receipt of both the signed contract and full payment, the Office of Rights and Reproductions will provide the image. A complimentary copy of the published material must be provided to the Norton Simon Museum.