“. . . 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.
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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MANHATTAN FINE PRESS BOOK FAIR, Saturday, March 7, 2020. As part of New York’s Rare Book Week, we will have a booth at this book fair again. Top book artists and presses come from around the country to showcase their work. If you like artist books and fine letterpress printing, you won’t want to miss it.
Please join us at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Ave. at 66th Street. To learn about this year’s exhibitors, take a look at the webpage of the Fine Press Book Association.
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON, DC, April 6, 2020. Rick will be visiting a Jewish literature class of Professor David Ebanbach to discuss the making of The Amichai Windows and how writing can help inform one’s identity.
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DC-ALT, ASSOCIATION OF LITERARY TRANSLATORS, WASHINGTON, DC, Sunday, Feb 9, 2020. Rick enjoyed sharing The Amichai Windows with a small group of literary translators. He gave them a small sample of the visuals and then delved into some of the translation issues that he faced. Aside from the intricacies of translating from Hebrew to English, he also sought out the original drafts of Amichai’s poems at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
INTERSECTIONS, CBAA CONFERENCE, NEW ORLEANS, LA, Jan 2 – 4, 2020. We had a wonderful time meeting other book artists, getting ideas for future projects and how to engage the public in book arts in New Orleans. We also were able to squeeze in a visit to the New Orleans Jazz Museum down by the waterfront and really savored the food.
HIGHLAND PARK CONSERVATIVE TEMPLE, HIGHLAND PARK, NJ, Sunday, May 19, 2019. Book artist Rick Black gave a talk and slide show at the Highland Park Conservative Temple in Highland Park, NJ. He and Shula Minsky read poems in Hebrew and English, and then Rick discussed his connection with Yehuda Amichai and the making of The Amichai Windows.
Entitled “The Amichai Windows: A Morning of Poetry and Art,” the program was free for synagogue members. For more information, please click on the following link: Rick Black Talk May 19,2019
MANHATTAN FINE PRESS BOOK FAIR, Saturday, March 9, 2019. As part of New York’s Rare Book Week, the fair showcased top presses from around the world. It was held at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Ave. at 66th Street. You can learn more about the sponsor, the Fine Press Book Association, here.
BOOKLYN ARTISTS’ BOOK FAIR, Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10. The fair featured 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.
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.