The Book Art of Richard Minsky www.minsky.com 01 Blank Manuscript Book for Tom Phillips' translation of Dante's Inferno Whatman paper Bound by Minsky 1979 9 5/8" x 7" x 1" "MINSKY 79" blind tooled inside back cover Collection of The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Nigerian goat sumac tanned and dyed by the artist, blind tooled with Florentine lily design drawn by Phillips, made into intaglio, relief and outline tools. Hinges of same skin, with doublures of the same skin reversed. This book is a translation of a 13th century Florentine bookbinding design (in the British Library) into a contemporary British bookbinding idiom. The skin was tanned by Minsky at the National Leathersellers Center in Northampton, England. The paper was hand made in England. The finishing tools were engraved in England. The binding was done in England. You can also view a unique Minsky binding on a copy of the finished limited edition of Tom Phillips' Dante's Inferno. Read about this binding in Rose Slivka's Review. 02 The Crisis of Democracy by Crozier, Huntington and Watanuki for the Trilateral Commission. New York University Press, 1975 Bound by Minsky 1980 8 3/4" x 6" x 11" Sheep, gold, barbed wire. The authors propose that there is too much freedom in contemporary democracies, and that it is necessary to curtail personal freedoms in order to preserve the governability of democracies. In 1980 the choice in the USA presidential elections was of three teams, all of which included at least one member of the Trilateral Commission. I exhibited this book as a political comment, choosing the materials to reflect the metaphor of the text. Motto from the title page of An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania, an anonymous book published in 1759, attributed to Benjamin Franklin and Richard Jackson. The quote is from a letter sent to the Governor by the Assembly, November 11, 1755. A 40" wide print is included with the edition, inkjet on paper. THE BILL OF RIGHTS limited edition set An Edition of 25 Copies of a Set of Ten Works by Richard Minsky Since 1993 Richard Minsky has been working on a series about The Bill of Rights. The current offering is a set of ten bookworks. The works are not available individually. An exhibition of the complete set was installed at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery April 27 through June 1, 2002. You can also view the earlier unique objects, representing the first, second, and eighth amendments. They are not the works which will be included in this edition. Scroll down to see the current works. Read the review in The New York Times Read the Review in the St. Paul Pioneer Press The Bill of Rights edition is in the permanent collections of Yale University Arts of the Book Collection The Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson & Burnham Libraries Click the links above to make an appointment to view this work. 03 Inlaid Leather Blank Book Bound by Minsky 1983 10" x 7" Red Nigerian Goatskin with inlay and onlay panels of a geometric design in both covers. Collection of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel Galleries Inlaid Leather Blank Book Bound by Minsky 1983 14 3/4 x 10 Brown Nigerian goatskin with recessed panels of inlaid goatskin, blind and gold tooled. Head edge in related pattern, watercolor and beeswax. 04 Nineteenth Century Japanese Photo Album Bound by Minsky 1984 12" x 9" Black calf spine, gold leaf, enamel, varnish, polyurethane and shellac over gessoed boards. Album of hand-colored albumen prints. There are 35 layers of clear finishes, paint and gold leaf that create an optical effect of extraordinary depth. The photo above does not capture the subtle colors in the "black" areas, nor the illusionistic depth created by the light passing through many layers that refract it differently. After completing this work, several other bindings were done using similar techniques. Click on the small images below to see two of them. 04a Enamel and Gold Leaf Binding Blank Book Bound by Minsky 1985 11" x 10" x 1" Grey goatskin spine, varnished enamel and gold leaf boards, acrylic and gold leaf endsheets "Minsky '85" signed inside back cover 04b Lacquer and Gold Leaf Binding Blank Book T.H. Saunders Paper Bound by Minsky 1986 15" x 11" Black calf spine, lacquered gold leaf and enamel over gessoed boards. "Minsky 1986" inside back cover 04c At the Richard Minsky 25-Year Retrospective Exhibition in 1992 sponsored by HarperCollinsPublishers, the exhibit case pictured below featured four lacquered bindings on blank books of handmade paper, three miniature books of studies for geometric binding designs, and a snakeskin binding. The bindings on the top left (blue and black) constitute a 3-volume set that creates a continuous design when the books are lined up with both covers open, in any order. The three on the top right are individual books in full leather bindings with inlaid recessed lacquer and gold leaf panels. 05 Enamel and Gold Leaf Binding Blank Book Bound by Minsky 1985 11" x 10" x 1" Grey goatskin spine, varnished enamel and gold leaf boards, acrylic and gold leaf endsheets "Minsky '85" signed inside back cover 06 Gracie Mansion Register Dieu Donné handmade paper Bound by Minsky 1985 13" x 10" Black Chieftain goatskin, recessed pictorial inlay of goat and vellum, blind tooled, recessed panel with foil stamped title. Letterpress title page, dedication and colophon, linen endbands, chain ring embedded in head edge of back board.