Artifex: Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press

Introduction

The early years of Gehenna Press

Baskin & Hughes

An Architect of the Page

“Of the making of books…”

Icones

Demons

Diptera

Honoring James Baldwin

The Oresteia

Capriccio

Sibyls

Diptera : Praying Mantis & Grasshoppers

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The range of Diptera proofs demonstrates the artist’s working procedures. Baskin’s variation of papers (or, in one case, vellum), inking, and applied color dramatically affect the central image.

Leonard Baskin. Etching proof. From: Diptera: a Book of Flies & Other Insects. The Gehenna Press, 1983.

Gift of Lisa Unger Baskin in memory of Janet & John Marqusee & Leonard Baskin.

Praying Mantis. Etching proof by Leonard Baskin from his Diptera: a Book of Flies & Other Insects. Printed by the Gehenna Press in 1983. Gift of Lisa Unger Baskin in memory of Janet & John Marqusee & Leonard Baskin.

Leonard Baskin. Etching proof on vellum of Grasshoppers Mating From: Diptera: A Book of Flies & Other Insects. The Gehenna Press, 1983.

Collection of Lisa Unger Baskin, Courtesy Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York.