Workshop Tour and Show & Tell – Richard Minsky [iBB Podcast #25.3]

Here is the last part of our talk with Richard Minsky, a bookbinder and book artist from the US. Richard takes us for a tour of his studio, shows us some tools and contraptions. The rest of the time we spend discussing some of his striking bindings: more than a dozen of books in total.



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00:00 – Beginning
00:51 – Tour of the Richard’s studio
13:08 – Richard’s bindings on social issues
13:30 – “The Crisis of Democracy” bound by Minsky in 1980; sheepskin, gold, barbed wire
17:40 – “The Geography of Hunger,” bound in 1988; “Friendly plastic,” acrylic, endpapers with food and dog food labels
18:43 – “Tragedy and Hope” (a History of the World in Our Time) bound in 1988 with kidskin vellum tanned by Richard
21:21 – “Missile Envy,” bound in 1988; installation at the Zabriskie Gallery in New York, with live rockets
22:27 – “Laying Waste” book
23:50 – “Holy Terror” books
25:45 – “The Biological Time Bomb” bound with live explosives, batteries, timer, etc.
27:21 – More books
29:05 – “Freedom of Choice” (Three Poems of Love and Death by Lucie Brock-Broido), 2009; the electric chair installation
34:54 – “Pop Delusions – a House of Credit Cards” bound in 2012 – a Shrine for the 1852 Edition of Charles Mackay’s Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
37:36 – Reliquary for the Ashes of Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses, 1993 – a work that was stolen; and other works from the United States Constitution Series
42:25 – “The Bill of Rights,” limited edition set of 10 Amendments

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