All These Pages to Turn
21 15/16 x 16 15/16 in. (55.7 x 43 cm)
(Arlington, MA, 1926 - 2005, Odessa, TX)
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Location: Not currently on view
Drawn & Quartered
Archie Rand and Robert Creeley collaborated on a publication of drawings and poetry entitled "Drawn and Quartered," a title that refers to the illustrations and the quatrains. The book was published by Granary Books in New York, 2001. From the book's back cover, we learn from Robert Creeley's description: "...Archie sent me a cluster of xeroxes of drawings he'd been doing and suggested I might do some text or texts to go with them. It was an instantly attractive proposal...I knew Archie had brought with him the litho sheets with the fifty-four drawings. I had tried a few brief quatrains to see how that form might work in context with the xeroxed images he'd sent me earlier. But when we went into a back room at the museum, and Archie took out the lithosheets and asked if I might try to do a text for each image there and then, I was intimidated, not to say, shocked. Still I said I'd try, and so we set out. The procedure was for Archie to slide me an image on the litho paper. I'd try a take or two to get the feel, writing on a usual sheet of typing paper, then resolve on a particular quatrain, put it with the litho sheet related - and on to the next. So we worked through the afternoon until, finally, all fifty-four poems were finished. Then I copied each poem under its respective image on the litho sheet. "
[Gallery label text]
As a young poet in the mid-1950s, Robert Creeley was invited to teach at Black Mountain College by fellow poet Charles Olson. With others, they established an influential center for poetry, including the founding of the important literary journal Black Mountain Review.
Now recognized as one of the great American poets, Creeley went on to teach at SUNY Buffalo and Brown University. He was known for his sparse, unassuming, direct verse. Creeley also collaborated on many occasions with visual artists, including Archie Rand, with whom he spent a marathon session writing text to accompany fifty-four drawings. All These Pages to Turn is one page of this collaboration, which was ultimately published as the book “Drawn and Quartered” in 2001.
Label text, Black Mountain North installation in Auditorium corridor, installed September 15, 2010
Curated by Cynthia Culbert