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Farnsworth offers online lecture by book artist Richard Minsky

Jul 09, 2020
Self-portrait by Richard Minsky.

Rockland — On Saturday, July 25, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by book artist, curator, and historian of book art Richard Minsky. Entitled “Modernism in American Book Cover Art, 1872-1930”, the program will take place on Zoom, from 2 to 3 p.m. This lecture is the Farnsworth’s annual Stephen May and Kathryn B. Wilson Lecture, and is offered in conjunction with the museum’s ongoing Women in American Book Cover Design exhibition.

From the 1870s to the beginning of The Great Depression, Modernism came into American homes on book covers. The influence of Japanese woodcuts, the British pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic movements, Art Nouveau, Impressionism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Futurism, and Social Realism all appeared on book covers years or decades before they showed in salons and galleries. Women artists who are the subject of the current Farnsworth Museum exhibition played a major part in this.

Minsky is the author of "The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930" [George Braziller, 2010]. The Richard Minsky Archive is at the Yale Art Library, which mounted a 50-year retrospective exhibition in 2020. In 1974 he founded the Center for Book Arts in New York City.

The fee for this program is $10; free for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register for the Zoom webinar, please visit

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