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, a journal 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 is a collection of 18 Amichai poems. Each will be wrapped and folded in an individual, handmade paper triptych and collected in an enclosure resembling a Jerusalem window.
The book incorporates 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 has been written by Hebrew literary critic and translator, Professor Robert Alter. Original papercuts have been 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 artist book collectors. In the works for ten years, book artist and poet Rick Black is expecting to complete it in 2017.
In our blog, we document the making of this artist book, share photos of and in the edition, and discuss Amichai’s poetry. You can sign up for our occasional blog postings in the box to the upper right.
Join us on this journey into the world of Yehuda Amichai . . . !