Artist's book with eight color lithographs by Joan Mitchell and poetry by Nathan Kernan. Unbound in a pink paper wrapper from the artist's previously existing lithographs with blue printed title; housed in a burgundy cloth-covered portfolio box with pink handmade paper label and blue printed title.

© Estate of Joan Mitchell

Poems, 1992

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Near the end of her life, Joan Mitchell was asked by legendary print publisher Ken Tyler to collaborate on a book project with the American poet and writer Nathan Kernan (born 1950). Enthusiastic about the idea, Mitchell responded with a series of eight brilliantly colored abstract illuminations. Her boldly gestural images are not literal illustrations of Kernan's poems, but instead complement the poet's vivid imagery.

Details
Title
Poems
Artist Life
1925 - 1992
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2001.149
Provenance
Private collection, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2001.
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Artist's book with eight color lithographs by Joan Mitchell and poetry by Nathan Kernan. Unbound in a pink paper wrapper from the artist's previously existing lithographs with blue printed title; housed in a burgundy cloth-covered portfolio box with pink handmade paper label and blue printed title.

© Estate of Joan Mitchell

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