Ruth Laxson

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Laxson in 2013

Ruth Knight Laxson (born July 16, 1924, Roanoke, Alabama - died June 01, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia) was an American artist who specialized in artist's books.


Ruth Laxson was born in Roanoke, Alabama.[1] She studied art at Atlanta College of Art (1958–1965). She had been based in Atlanta, Georgia, since 1953.[2]

Laxson's books merge images with often fragmented texts that may be handwritten or typeset.[1] Inspired by the Surrealists, she playfully pushed language outside its ordinary meanings.[1] The books may also include collaged or sewn-in elements.[1]

Laxson also made stand-alone prints and drawings, paintings, sculptures, and mail art.[1][3]

Collections holding her work include the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), the Getty Center Museum (California), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the High Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and the Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry.[2][4] A print she made in honor of James Agee is in Georgia's State Art Collection.[1][2]

Laxson had her first museum retrospective in 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.[3] Laxson's archive has been acquired by the Rhode Island School of Design.[5]Also Laxson's Hip Young Owl at Atlanta featured more than125 works[6].

Selected Books[edit]

  • Power Poem (1980).
  • Earth Score : A Sound Poem. Atlanta, GA: R. Laxson, 1983. With Raymond Danowski.
  • (Ho + Go)² = It. Atlanta]: Nexus Press, 1986. Edition of 500.
  • Measure, Cut, Stitch. Atlanta, Ga.: Press 63 Plus, 1987.
  • Where Is Everybody? Atlanta, Ga.: Press 63 Plus, 1990. With Raymond Danowski.
  • Little Tyrannies. Atlanta, Ga.: Press 63 Plus, 1990. With Raymond Danowski.
  • Some Things Are Sacred. Atlanta, Ga. Press 63 Plus, 1991.
  • Mythos, Chronos, Logos. Atlanta, Ga.: Press 63 Plus, 2000.
  • Ideas of God : A Ceaseless Wandering Pa-limp-sest B*ok: An Opuscule of Tiny Mirrors Seeking a Single Grand Image. Atlanta, GA: R. Laxson, 2008. Edition of 100.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ruth Laxson". Marcia Wood Gallery.
  2. ^ a b c "Ruth Laxson". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  3. ^ a b "Ruth Laxson: Hip Young Owl". MOCA GA website.
  4. ^ "Introduction". Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry website. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Ruth Laxson Retrospective". Atlanta, May 2008, p. 42.
  6. ^ "Ruth Laxson: Hip Young Owl - MOCA GA". MOCA GA. Retrieved 2018-05-16.

Further reading[edit]

  • Laxson, Ruth, Glenn Harper, Johanna Drucker, Jerry Cullum, and Marcia Wood Gallery. Life Is a Page : Ruth Laxson, Past and Present 1965-2008. Atlanta, Ga.: Marcia Wood Gallery, 2008.