Richard P. Minsky
“The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930”
Minsky will discuss how book covers introduced modernism to the American home. Often it was through book covers that Americans encountered such art movements as proto-constructivism, futurism, art nouveau, arts and crafts, surrealism and abstraction. This period also saw the transition from book covers designed by die-engravers to covers cre-ated by visual artists, many of whom were women whose names are still being discovered. Minsky himself is an acclaimed book artist and founded the Center for Book Arts in 1974. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and the US/UK Bicentennial Fellowship of the National Endowment for the Arts and the British Arts Council. Copies of Minsky’s books will be available for sale and signing at the following discounted rates to Caxton Club members: Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930 (hardcover) $100; Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930 (softcover) $22; and The Book Art of Richard Minsky (hardcover) $30
Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd.
Social Gathering: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Club Announcements and Program: 6:00 PM
Three-course dinner ($60) immediately follows the program. Drinks are $7 - $9. Program without dinner is free and open to the public.
Reservations are required for the program only and for the program/dinner combination. Reservations must be received no later than noon on Monday, April 17. Dinner no-shows or cancellations after the deadline will require payment.
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