Reading other peoples' love letters brings out the voyeur in most of us. These deeply personal communications have the power to make us blush or, at the very least, to let us observe a tender moment in the lives of others. With Love: Artists' Letters and Illustrated Notes, a selection of more than forty affectionate communiqués and rare photographs from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, provides a glimpse into the private affairs of some of our greatest creative minds, celebrating romantic and familial love, as well as friendship. This beautifully designed book is a treasury of love letters, illustrated poetry, collages, and drawings in various media from renowned talent such as Frida Kahlo, Ee ro Saarinen, Lee Krasner, and Gio Ponti. A separate section containing complete transcriptions of all the supplementary materials further enriches this fascinating, visually rich, and collectible volume.
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Liza Kirwin is the curator of manuscripts at the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her articles have appeared in the Archives of American Art Journal, Artforum, Drawing, The Magazine Antiques, American Art, American Libraries Journal, and other publications. She is the author of More Than Words: Illustrated Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art and coauthor of Artists in Their Studios: Images from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. She lives in College Park, Maryland.
Joan Lord received her M.A. in Art History f rom the George Washington University in Washington D.C. She is a curatorial assistant at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, and the coauthor of Artists in Their Studios: Images from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art.
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