HOMAGE TO WALT WHITMAN "PENSIVE ON HER DEAD GAZING" [manuscript caption title]
by Spitzmueller, Pamela
[Np: The Artist, 1994. Folding, multipanel construction (23 x 15.5 cm folded; 151 x 76 cm extended). Stencil, photocopy, watercolor and acrylic paint, vintage and modern papers, and ink on board surfaces. About fine. Signed, dated and titled by the artist, and with manuscript embellishments throughout the work. A unique artist's book object, and a characteristic example of Spitzmueller's anthropomorphic books that incorporate the poetry she admires into a book object that reflects the text, in this case, the poetry of Walt Whitman. Cloth hinges flex the representative body parts, which are comprised of museum board, various papers, acrylics and watercolor wash and inks, and when extended fully, the work approximates a human form. Spitzmueller, one of the most admired book artists in the U.S., is a distinguished conservator, and served as the James W. Needham Chief Conservator for Special Collections, Harvard University. She also has headed the rare book conservation program at the University of Iowa, and served as a conservator for the Library of Congress and the Newberry Library. Her artists' books have been widely exhibited at libraries and art galleries including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Center for Book Arts, the Boston Athenaeum, Grolier Club, Art Institute of Chicago, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, and the Barbican Centre in London. An analogous work by her, also in homage to Whitman, is illustrated in THE PENLAND BOOK OF HANDMADE BOOKS: MASTER CLASSES IN BOOKMAKING TECHNIQUES. She returned to the same poem in 1999 as the subject for another handmade artist's book, now at the University of Iowa. THE BOOK AS ART, pp.80-1.
(Inventory #: WRCLIT75877)
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