“. . . a towering achievement in American arts and letters . . .” Aharon Yermiyahu Taub in his review for the American Jewish Libraries newsletter.
The Amichai Windows, a limited edition artist book of Yehuda Amichai poems, opens a window onto love, war, and being Jewish in the 20th century.
Each poem is wrapped and folded in an individual, handmade paper triptych and collected in an enclosure resembling a Jerusalem window. For the latest news and photos, please see our blog.
One of the great modern Hebrew poets, Amichai sang of the everyday experiences of private individuals caught in the middle of war and historical events. He was often considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature and his poems have been translated into more than 30 languages.
So far the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress as well as Yale University has each purchased a copy of our artist book. We are in discussions with other institutions around the world.
The Amichai Windows is a visual odyssey through Jewish history as filtered through 18 Amichai poems. When one opens each triptych, one discovers a different world within. This artist book incorporates replicas of some of Amichai’s original, handwritten poems as well as collaged images of Jewish history and life have been culled from archives around the world. A special introduction has been written by Hebrew literary critic and translator, Professor Robert Alter.
In the works for 10 years, the book has been issued in a limited edition of 18 copies. All of the poems have been letterpressed and blind embossments have been hidden in the design. Gold leaf has been used to highlight some of the poems and design elements. Special papercuts have been done by Debra Band.
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We will be at two artist book fairs in New York City.
Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair, Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. As part of New York’s Rare Book Week, the fair will showcase top presses from around the world. It is being held at the church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Ave. at 66th Street. You can learn more about the fair here.
Booklyn Artists’ Book Fair, Saturday, March 9, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 10, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The fair features some of the top book artists from around the country, including Colette Fu, Robin Price, Maria Pisano and many others.
You can take a look at some of the work here or get a free pass on my own Facebook page. We hope to see you at one of these fairs if you’re in the area.
We are also working on arranging an artist talk in Highland Park, NJ, as well as an exhibition in Washington, D.C., and Tel Aviv, Israel.
More info forthcoming as soon as we know definite dates, etc.
RECENT EXHIBITIONS & PROGRAMS:
BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY, YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN, CT – An exhibition and talk by book artist Rick Black was held at the Beinecke on Tuesday, October 30. Joining him for the program, Windows in the Poetry of Yehuda Amichai, were Yale professors Shiri Goren and Katie Trumpener as well as Amichai translator Barbara Harshav. To see pictures of the event, please check out our blog post here.
TMOL SHILSHOM, JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – A special book launch party of The Amichai Windows was held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at this literary landmark cafe where Yehuda Amichai used to hang out. Book artist Rick Black was joined by Hana Amichai and Prof. Ariel Hirschfeld of the Hebrew Literature department of Hebrew University, who spoke about Amichai’s ouevre and the visual arts in poetry. Please check out the photos on our blog here.
PYRAMID ATLANTIC ART CENTER, MARYLAND – A special book launch and exhibition took place on Sunday, February 18, at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, MD. As part of the afternoon, Rick gave an artist’s talk that was followed by a panel discussion with two honored guests: Helen Frederick, artist, national and international art curator, educator, arts advocate and founder of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center; and Judith K. Brodsky, artist, printmaker and founder of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, renamed the Brodsky Center in her honor.
PYRAMID ATLANTIC BOOK ARTS FAIR – We had a booth at the 14th biennial book arts fair and conference, the preeminent book arts event on the east coast. The art center address is Pyramid Atlantic, 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD. For more information please call Pyramid Atlantic at: 301.608.9101 or take a look at their website.