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NAVA ATLAS (1955-) "Let the Sky Rain Potatoes." Illustration published in the first and subsequent editions of her cookbook Vegetariana: A Rich Harvest of Wit, Lore, & Recipes" (New York: Doubleday, 1984; New Paltz: Amberwood Press, 2021). Pencil on bristol paper. 215x200 mm; 8 1/2x7 7/8 inches, on 11x8 1/4-inch sheet. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right image and again in lower margin. Tipped to archival matte with full caption displayed in window beneath image.
Atlas is an accomplished book artist, writer, vegan cookbook author, and illustrator. Her artists' books, which explore a variety of social issues including women's roles, culturally sanctioned bias, animal advocacy, and politics, are housed in dozens of notable collections, including the Libraries of the Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington., DC, and Boston Museum of Fine Arts; The Library of Congress Rare Book Collection, The National Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and dozens of University artists' book collections. Her permanent archive of papers is held at the Rubenstein Library of Duke University.
This autumn she published a revised and updated edition of Vegetariana which was considered one of the pillars of vegetarian cookbooks in the 1980s. Her beautiful and delicate pencil drawings reflect the literary quotes and folklore that are at the heart of the book.