As part of its New Commissions program, Art in General is pleased to announce the publication of Andrea Geyer’s artist’s book “Queen of the Artists’ Studios”— The Story of Audrey Munson ─Intimate Secrets of Studio Life Revealed by the Most Perfect, Most Versatile, Most Famous of American Models, Whose Face and Figure Have Inspired Thousands of Modern Masterpieces of Sculpture and Painting.
Geyer, a German-born, New York-based artist, has conducted intensive research on Audrey Munson’s life, legacy and archetype. Munson, whose likeness can be found throughout Manhattan publicly representing consummate concepts like freedom, purity, peace and truth, is ranked among the most sought-after muses for the first quarter of the twentieth century. Geyer’s book is not a biography, but a contextualization of Munson’s life within the larger struggle of women trying to find their voices during their lifetimes and gain fair representation in the records of New York City history. Geyer has also arranged for the publication of 800 postcards facilitating donations for the first-ever memorial for Munson, who died in 1996 at the age of 105. The model is buried in an unmarked gave in her father’s plot in a cemetery in New Haven, New York.
“Queen of the Artists’ Studios”… includes photography and essays by Andrea Geyer, who reflects on the legacy of Audrey Munson; Justin D. White, who considers the historical context of Munson’s life; Cynthia Chris, who reflects on the censorial and allegorical implications pertaining to Munson’s film career and public representation; and Andrea Ray, who provides background on the St. Lawrence State Asylum for the Insane in Ogdenburg, New York, where Munson spent most of her life. The publication is designed by Aisha Burnes.
Queen of the Artists’ Studios is made possible by The Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries and museums serve their communities; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and the Booth Ferris Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Peter Norton Family Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, Jerome Foundation, George Mills, Henry Buhl Foundation and the New Commissions Special Fund in honor of former executive director Holly Block.