SOME MEMORIES OF DRAWINGS, 1968 ATLANTIS EDITIONS
JUNE 26 - JULY 31, 2003
(August by Appointment)
Woodward Gallery is pleased to announce their Summer Exhibition Georgia
O’Keeffe: Some Memories of Drawings 1968, Atlantis Editions.
When Artist Georgia O’Keeffe created the actual first drawings published in
this limited edition print portfolio she was still unknown. Her drawings,
started in 1915, were pure abstractions -among the earliest and most individual
manifestations of American Modern Art.
Six of these drawings were part of the original portfolio that in late 1915
was sent to her friend Anita Pollitzer in New York, and presented to Alfred
Stieglitz the world-renowned photographer and champion of modern and American art
for the first time. “Finally a woman on paper!” he said. In 1916, he
exhibited them in his pioneering gallery at 291 Fifth Avenue and proclaimed her
genius. This 1916 exhibition was the
historical beginning of the career and association O’Keeffe had with Alfred
Soon after Stieglitz’s death on July 1, 1946, Georgia O’Keeffe would begin
another career and association that would continue for over thirty years. She
hired a young Wellesley graduate named Doris Bry to be her personal and
professional assistant. By 1965, Doris Bry had become O’Keeffe’s exclusive art
dealer and agent.
In 1968 under Doris Bry’s imprint of Atlantis Editions, Georgia O’Keeffe
selected ten of her drawings -two borrowed from the Metropolitan Museum of
-to represent the range and variety of her work in this medium. During the
experimental work on the initial publication of these drawings, changes were
made by O’Keeffe. For her, these changes enhanced the relationship between
the original drawing and the print. Only the Artist herself could have
sanctioned such bold changes in composition, in scale, and in tonality. Even at age
81, Georgia O’Keeffe and her memory of drawings were very much intact, from
proof to print.
This first edition portfolio simply titled Georgia O’Keeffe Drawings was
copyrighted and published in 1968 by Atlantis Editions, New York. Two hundred and
thirty editions were numbered and signed by the Artist. These ten drawings
were printed in 300-line screen offset lithography at The Meriden Gravure Co. in
Connecticut on Rives BFK and
Arches Cover paper. In 1974, Atlantis Editions went on to publish a book
Georgia O’Keeffe: Some Memories of Drawings detailing the events of this
first publication of drawings to prints edited by Doris Bry.
Woodward Gallery proudly presents the premier exhibition of these relatively
unknown, limited edition prints complete with insightful narratives from the
book by O’Keeffe herself.