Welcome to The Amichai Windows, a limited edition artist book of Yehuda Amichai poems.
Amichai is one of the great modern Hebrew poets. His poems have been translated into more than 30 languages and he was often considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Through his poetry, Amichai opened a window onto love, war, being Jewish in the 20th century and living in Israel.
You can read an in-depth article about Amichai and The Amichai Windows on the website of Tikkun Magazine, one of the leading journals of Jewish contemporary arts and culture. The piece provides background on Amichai’s life and poetry as well as the genesis of this artist book.
A bilingual meditation on life in Israel and the vicissitudes of Jewish history, The Amichai Windows will be a collection of 18 Amichai poems. Each will be wrapped and folded in an individual, handmade paper triptych. They will all be collected in an enclosure resembling a Jerusalem window.
The book will incorporate replicas of some of Amichai’s original, handwritten poems as well as images of Jewish history and life culled from archives around the world. A special introduction will be written by Hebrew literary critic and translator, Professor Robert Alter. Original papercuts will be done especially for this book by Debra Band, who specializes in Judaic artwork.
An edition of 18 copies will be printed for sale. The edition is designed primarily for libraries, museums and collectors. In the works for eight years, book artist and poet Rick Black is tentatively expecting to complete it in the fall of 2016.
In this blog, Black will document making this book, share photos of and in the edition, and discuss Amichai’s poems. Please feel free to check back or sign up for our weekly blog postings in the box to the upper right.
Join us on this journey into the world of Yehuda Amichai . . . !