Diane Samuels

Summary
Using shades of red and pink ink, I hand-transcribed the entire volume of “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” onto paper handmade in the United States and coated with hybrid rose petals.  Interspersed in purple ink, I hand-transcribed a counter-text—the “Testimony against Gertrude Stein” written by Georges Braque, Eugene Jolas, Marie Jolas, Henri Matisse, André Salmon and Tristan Tzara—objecting to their portrayal by Gertrude Stein in “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas”.
Title: “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” and “Testimony against Gertrude Stein”
Size: 46” x 46” x 6”
Materials: Ink on Twinrocker handmade paper coated with pulverized hybrid rose petals, Magnifiers, Audio recording, Book box by Portfoliobox
Date: 2011
Curator: Eric Shiner
Exhibition: Gertrude’s/LOT
Location: Andy Warhol Museum
Dates: September 17 - January 8, 2012
Photographed by: Laura Mustio (in-progress), Thomas Little (completed)

Summary

Using shades of red and pink ink, I hand-transcribed the entire volume of “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” onto paper handmade in the United States and coated with hybrid rose petals.  Interspersed in purple ink, I hand-transcribed a counter-text—the “Testimony against Gertrude Stein” written by Georges Braque, Eugene Jolas, Marie Jolas, Henri Matisse, André Salmon and Tristan Tzara—objecting to their portrayal by Gertrude Stein in “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas”.

Title: “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” and “Testimony against Gertrude Stein”

Size: 46” x 46” x 6”

Materials: Ink on Twinrocker handmade paper coated with pulverized hybrid rose petals, Magnifiers, Audio recording, Book box by Portfoliobox

Date: 2011

Curator: Eric Shiner

Exhibition: Gertrude’s/LOT

Location: Andy Warhol Museum

Dates: September 17 - January 8, 2012

Photographed by: Laura Mustio (in-progress), Thomas Little (completed)

“Gertrude Stein had at that time a wretched little portable typewriter which she never used.  She always then and for many years later wrote on scraps of paper in pencil, copied it into french school note-books in ink and then often copied it over again in ink.”
Stein, Gertrude. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Vintage Books, 1990, page 52.  

“Gertrude Stein had at that time a wretched little portable typewriter which she never used.  She always then and for many years later wrote on scraps of paper in pencil, copied it into french school note-books in ink and then often copied it over again in ink.”

Stein, Gertrude. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Vintage Books, 1990, page 52.  

I just visited 27 Rue de Fleurus. This is where Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Leo Stein lived in Paris.

I just visited 27 Rue de Fleurus. This is where Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Leo Stein lived in Paris.

Another quotation from the book:
"We were glad to see Mina whom we had known in Florence as Mina Haweis.  Mina brought Glenway Wescott on his first trip to Europe.  Glenway impressed us greatly with his English accent.  Hemingway explained.  He said, when you matriculate at the University of Chicago you write down just what accent you will have and they give it to you when you graduate. You can have a sixteenth century or modern, whatever you like.”
Stein, Gertrude. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Vintage Books, 1990, page 200.  

Another quotation from the book:

"We were glad to see Mina whom we had known in Florence as Mina Haweis.  Mina brought Glenway Wescott on his first trip to Europe.  Glenway impressed us greatly with his English accent.  Hemingway explained.  He said, when you matriculate at the University of Chicago you write down just what accent you will have and they give it to you when you graduate. You can have a sixteenth century or modern, whatever you like.”

Stein, Gertrude. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Vintage Books, 1990, page 200.  

   
The front face of the book box has the beginning of “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” and “Testimony against Gertrude Stein” hand-transcribed as the title.  The jump drives are attached on the top of the book box.  They contain 137 hours of audio of my reading and transcribing “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” and “Testimony against Gertrude Stein”.

The upper image shows the first edition of “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” (John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., 1933) and “Testimony against Gertrude Stein” published as a supplement to the magazine “Transition”, February, 1935.

The front face of the book box has the beginning of “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” and “Testimony against Gertrude Stein” hand-transcribed as the title.  The jump drives are attached on the top of the book box.  They contain 137 hours of audio of my reading and transcribing “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” and “Testimony against Gertrude Stein”.

The upper image shows the first edition of “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” (John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., 1933) and “Testimony against Gertrude Stein” published as a supplement to the magazine “Transition”, February, 1935.

A quotation from the book:
“Another thing that interested us enormously was how different the camouflage of the french looked from the camouflage of the germans, and then once we came across some very neat camouflage and it was american.  The idea was the same but as after all it was different nationalities who did it the difference was inevitable.  The colour schemes were different, the designs were different, the way of placing them was different, it made plain the whole theory of art and its inevitability.”
Stein, Gertrude. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Vintage Books, 1990.  

A quotation from the book:

“Another thing that interested us enormously was how different the camouflage of the french looked from the camouflage of the germans, and then once we came across some very neat camouflage and it was american.  The idea was the same but as after all it was different nationalities who did it the difference was inevitable.  The colour schemes were different, the designs were different, the way of placing them was different, it made plain the whole theory of art and its inevitability.”

Stein, Gertrude. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Vintage Books, 1990.  

  Full view—It looks pretty small here, but it is 46’ x 46’ x (about) 6”.

Full view—It looks pretty small here, but it is 46’ x 46’ x (about) 6”.

  Here it is finished on the table.

Here it is finished on the table.

This is that same section transcribed in purple.

This is that same section transcribed in purple.

This is the part where Tristan Tzara writes about Stein describing herself as a “genius.”
I just saw a model of the spectacular house Adolf Loos designed for Tristan Tzara in Paris, built in 1926.   
 

 

This is the part where Tristan Tzara writes about Stein describing herself as a “genius.”

I just saw a model of the spectacular house Adolf Loos designed for Tristan Tzara in Paris, built in 1926.