P1090866“. . . 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. The 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.

Rick Black  with Helen Frederick and Judy Brodsky at the opening of his artist book exhibition at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.

Rick Black with Helen Frederick and Judy Brodsky at the opening of his artist book exhibition at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.

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.

Part of a Jerusalem papercut by Debra Band

Part of a Jerusalem papercut by Debra Band of the view from Yehuda Amichai’s terrace. The old picture is from a postcard found at the Library of Congress of Talpiyot, which is still a neighborhood of Jerusalem.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS & PROGRAMS:

BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY, YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN, CT – A talk by book artist Rick Black, Windows in the Poetry of Yehuda Amichai,  and reception will take place at the Beinecke on Tuesday, October 30 from 5 – 7 p.m. More details to come soon!


RECENT EXHIBITIONS & PROGRAMS:

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.

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.

You can see photos from the exhibition here or watch Rick’s talk on the poem, “The Jews.”

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.

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