John Altoon was born in California in 1924. He served in the Pacific as a radio engineer with the United States Navy during World War II and began his artistic studies upon his return. He studied in Los Angeles at the Otis Art Institute, the Art Centre School and the Chouinard Art Institute before relocating to New York in 1950. In 1954 Altoon travelled to Spain, where he met the poet Robert Creeley, with whom he later created the portfolio About women.

Made at Gemini Ltd in 1966, the portfolio consists of 10 lithographs by Altoon, interspersed with poems by Creeley. The subject of the portfolio, women and relationships, was one that both artist and poet addressed continually in their work.
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