Arlington, VA: Turtle Light Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 7 of 18 copies. This is a magnificent artist’s book that pays homage to one of the greatest Hebrew-language poets, Yehuda Amichai. The Amichai Windows is an exquisite bilingual artist’s book in Hebrew and English of Amichai’s poems that opens a window on love, war, and being Jewish today. Through his poetry 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. Book artist and poet, Rick Black, fell in love with the poetry of Yehuda Amichai even before working for the Associated Press and The New York Times in Jerusalem, where he resided for six years. He particularly loved Amichai’s poems that dealt with family, love and war. He spent ten years creating this limited-edition artist’s book of the poet’s work. The book offers a visual odyssey through Jewish history as filtered through 18 poems. Each poem is wrapped and folded in an individual, handmade paper triptych. When one opens each triptych, one discovers a different world within. The book incorporates replicas of some of Amichai’s original, handwritten poems as well as over 100 collaged images of Jewish history and life that have been culled from archives around the world. There are also replicas of Amichai’s handwritten poems. Printed on handmade paper with deckled edges, with gold leaf highlights and blind embossments in some of the designs. The collection of triptychs and a 28 page guide are housed in a box enclosure shaped like a Jerusalem window. With a special introduction written by the eminent Hebrew literary critic and translator, Professor Robert Alter of the University of California at Berkeley. The newsletter of the American Jewish Libraries Association called The Amichai Windows “a major contribution to American arts and letters.” (Artist’s statement and descriptions). The book recently won the Isaac Anolic Jewish Book Arts Award. In fine condition. Fine.
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Peshastin, Washington: Wiesedruck, 2016. Hardcover. Number 26 of 36 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. In this book of poignant poetry, "the narrator struggles with existence, voice, and memory after the trauma of genocide. Souls and words cannot burn but they can be forgotten in the smoke, fog and hail of the Holocaust" (artist statement). Horowitz was inspired to create this book by her friend and poet Carl Adamshick’s translation of the original by the late Israeli poet Dan Pagis, which was published in his book 'Transformations.' Permission to use the original text came from the estate of the author and from ACUM in Israel. Horowitz's stark etchings of thousands of tiny tick marks and swirling lines, seemingly representative of thousands of lost souls, effectively create a melancholy atmosphere for this poignant poem. An excerpt from the English translation of Pagis's poem: "From the sky to the sky of skies, from the sky of skies to fog. Yannai Despite myself I continue in this cloud: hurried, gray, trying to forget. In the distance the distance is retreating. The knocking teeth of hail: seeds, refugees shoved quickly into their deaths. ..." Bound in white textured paper wrappers with exposed sewing on spine and grey title to front cover. The text was printed in Arno and Harel types on Zerkall paper by Art Larson of Horton Tank Graphics. Thirteen etchings were drawn, etched, and printed in graphite ink by Sarah Horowitz. A translucent sheet of abaca paper covers the book. Housed in a grey cloth covered box with paper title label to spine. Binding and box are by Julia Weese-Young. In Hebrew and English. Size: 12.5 x 9.5 inches. Sarah Horowitz has been awarded multiple grants and has held residencies at several arts centers including ArtBellwald in Switzerland. She taught printmaking at Portland State University for over ten years and was a member of Atelier Mars printmaking workshop during her time in Portland. Her press is named for the Wiese stream that runs through her grandparents backyard near Basel, Switzerland. Much of her work is printed on a Charles Brand Press once owned by Leonard Baskin. Her work is held in private and institutional collections across the U.S. PRI/122722. Fine.