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. For the latest news and photos, please see our blog.

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Interior view of lace covering one of the poem triptychs.

Each poem is wrapped and folded in an individual, handmade paper triptych and collected in an enclosure resembling a Jerusalem window.

 

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. It is impossible to replicate the experience of opening each poem and discovering a different world within. The book incorporates replicas of some of Amichai’s original, handwritten poems found among his papers at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. 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 – An exhibition of The Amichai Windows and talk by book artist Rick Black will take place at the Beinecke on October 30 from 4 – 6 p.m. The event will include a reception with Hana Amichai. 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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6 Responses to

  1. Dear Rick, I am so inspired by your work. A book that has been eight years in the making will be something for the annals of book art history. I am looking forward to following your progress. Hugs from the Canadian rainforest, Terry Ann (So lovely to see you at our recent HNA gathering…even if it was momentary)

    • RickB

      Hi Terry Ann,

      Thanks so much for your support and encouragement. I will be sharing more as I go along. It’s just very difficult both to do the book and report on it. But soon, soon . . . yes, it was good to see each other at HNA, if only briefly; hopefully, soon again.

  2. Barbara Green

    I hope a library or museum in the Metropolitan D.C. area will buy a copy of “Amichai Windows” so that an ordinary lover-of-Amichai-poetry like me will be able to see it.

    • RickB

      Hi Barbara,

      I hope a library or museum in the Metro DC area will get a copy, too. It’s still unclear if we’ll be able to do a facsimile edition. It all depends on the English and Hebrew reprint rights. Will let you know if we do plan such an edition.

  3. Jerry Langer

    Rick, Congratulations on what is surely to be an absolutely marvelous marriage of poetry and design. I undoubtedly will not be in line for purchase, but I look forward to, at some point, seeing images of your work alongside the poetry of Amichai that I love and that moves me. – Jerry Langer

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