Richard Minsky

Bio

Richard Minsky is an American scholar of bookbinding and a book artist. He is the founder of the Center for Book Arts in New York City.

Richard Minsky was born in New York City in 1947. In 1960, Minsky obtained his first printing press at the age of 13. In 1968, he graduated cum laude in economics from Brooklyn College. Minsky was awarded a fellowship at Brown University, where he received his master’s degree in economics. He pursued a Ph.D. at The New School for Social Research, but left after two years to pursue bookbinding, art and music. He studied bookbinding while at Brown with the University’s master binder Daniel Gibson Knowlton. He founded the Center for Book Arts in 1974 after fourteen years experience as both a bookbinder and printer. Minsky served as the Center’s Executive Director until 1977 and its President until 1978. He also served as the Director of Program Development and an instructor in hand bookbinding at the Center. Richard serves on the Book Art Theory subcommittee of the College Book Art Association. The Richard Minsky Archive is at Yale.

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Richard Minsky organized these exhibitions:


Open for Action: Political Book Art

Book Arts in the USA
an exhibition of work by 51 artists; a cultural presentation of the United States of America

The Effects of Time
an exhibition of books before 1600 with artwork by insects and rodents, mangled by bookbinders and dealers, etc.

Bookworks by Tom Phillips
A verse translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy by Tom Phillips with images and commentary

Book Artchitecture
an exhibition in which the structure of the book supports the metaphor of the content or is the content

Richard Minsky’s work was exhibited in:

Notes

Richard Minsky, Material Meets Metaphor

Multiple, Limited, Unique
Selections from the Center for Book Arts Collection

Early Bindings from Richard Minsky’s Collection

Embraced

30 Years of Innovation
A survey of exhibition history from the Center for Book Arts

Open for Action: Political Book Art

Fall Forward
an exhibition featuring current faculty

This day in history . . .
the 1995 annual Artist Members Exhibition

Love and Romance
1992 Artist Members Exhibition (22 works by 22 artists)

Guiding Hands
Center for Book Arts 1992 faculty show

Artists’ Books from A to B
contemporary artists’ books for display in the HarperCollins lobby

Economy of Space
Book Arts under four inches

Dieu Donné Papermill: 15 Years
an exhibition showcasing fifteen years of collaborations in handmade paper

1991 Spring/Summer Faculty Show

Book Arts in the USA
an exhibition of work by 51 artists; a cultural presentation of the United States of America

The Altered Page
selections from The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry

New Work
the 1986 annual Artist Members Exhibition

A Survey of Bookworks by Photographers
books that reflect visions not observed through a lens of a camera, but rather through the eye of the artist

Book Artchitecture
an exhibition in which the structure of the book supports the metaphor of the content or is the content

Center for Book Arts: The First Decade
an exhibition at The New York Public Library

The Book
seven artists/different visions

Book Makers
Center for Book Arts first five years

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