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New Interdisciplinary Artist’s Book: Notes / Richard Minsky

If you are interested in interdisciplinary artists’ books that include music, please take a look at Notes. There will be a cloth hardcover edition of fifteen copies, a Deluxe edition of five leather bound copies, and a unique Musical Chair that extends the binding into a total body experience. Each copy of the book includes a linoleum block color field print from 1972, a  letterpress 7″ record jacket from 1981, and comes with a CD of a 38 minute work recorded at Mercury Studios in 1972 for which the score is in the book.

Pre-publication discounts are in effect through Friday, November 14 or until all the copies are subscribed. Details, download of sample pages, online ordering and institutional order form are at:

I am glad to answer any queries–you can email me: Richard Minsky <> or phone 516.729-9227.

This Friday I will be presenting a reading of NOTES and will play some music from the book at an “Artist Talk & Reception”

When:  Friday Nov. 14, 2014
Where: The Center for Book Arts, 28 W. 27, NYC, 6:30 pm.
What: NOTES is a CBA Featured Artist Project on exhibit through December 20.

This will double as the publication party for the book.


This is my second exploration of the reading chair as an extension of the binding. The previous one, Freedom of Choice: Three Poems of Love and Death by Lucie Brock-Broido, was acquired by the Lloyd Sealy Library of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. For that work the book was chained to an electric chair with an audio component:



New Publication: Sylvan Cemetery: Architecture, Art and Landscape at Woodlawn / Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

indexSylvan Cemetery: Architecture, Art and Landscape at Woodlawn coincides with Woodlawn’s 150th anniversary celebration, and is an outgrowth of the Cemetery’s 2006 gift of its archive the most complete set of 19th and 20th century cemetery records held in the public trust to the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University.

Sylvan Cemetery highlights the renowned architects, artists, artisans and landscape designers whose work has come to define Woodlawn Cemetery, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011 for the significance of its art and architecture. Through the display of preparatory and design drawings and sketches, maps, building elevations, early photographs, maintenance records and letters, the exhibition will examine Woodlawn’s creation in 1863, its response and adaptation to changing ideas about memorial monuments and commemorative landscapes since then and its role in defining the art, architecture and landscape of American cemeteries.

Woodlawn exemplifies the landscape-lawn style of cemetery that became popular after the Civil War. The park-like setting encouraged the creation of freestanding monuments and mausoleums, which wealthy New Yorkers commissioned the leading architects to design and the era’s best-known artists and craftsmen to embellish. In the process, fine art sculpture, metalwork and stained glass became central to Woodlawn’s landscape and influenced memorials at other American cemeteries. Featured in Sylvan Cemetery is the work of landscape designers Beatrix Farrand, the Olmstead Brothers and Ellen Biddle Shipman; architects McKim, Mead, & White, Carrère & Hastings and John Russell Pope; as well as craftsmen and artists Rafael Guastavino and son Rafael, Jr., Louis Comfort Tiffany, John LaFarge, Samuel Yellin and Alexander Archipenko.

Sylvan Cemetery: Architecture, Art and Landscape at Woodlawn is available through and Worldwide Books.