Many people have been incredibly generous with their time and collections. First and foremost, I would like to thank Lisa Unger Baskin, whose loan of working materials, wood block and books has enriched this exhibition immeasurably. Her generous gifts to the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections have included many artist's proofs and the incomparable copy of Diptera that is a main feature of this exhibition. I (and others at the Cornell Library) am most grateful for her warmth and hospitality, which are legendary and matched only by her bibliophilic enthusiasm.
Ben Primer, Director, and Rebecca
Davidson, Curator of Graphic Arts, of the Rare Books and Special
Collections Department, Princeton University Library, very kindly lent
Baskin's first Icones librorum artifices, an important part
of the artist's Artifex story. Likewise, I would like to thank
Randy Cates, Librarian of Hamilton College, who generously lent Jewish
Artists of the Early & Late Renaissance, a rare and delightful
Gehenna Press imprint. I deeply appreciate Jim
Tyler's selfless loan of his antique Chandler & Price treadle
press, his primary press. Professor Michael Kammen lent his delightful
Baskin watercolor, "…of the making of books," a perfect
addition to this exhibition.
Finally, I'd like to thank Andy Weislogel of Cornell's Johnson Museum of
Art, who has been a model scholar and liberal colleague; it has been a
real pleasure working with him to produce the first pair of library and
museum exhibitions at Cornell.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Arnold B. '44 and Gloria Tofias Fund and the Stephen C. and Karen L. Parker Fund.
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