16, 2000: Richard Minsky at the
Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington,
Making a book with 190 winners of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
with two groups of about 95
teenagers (7th through 12th
grade students), Minsky provided
them with a choice of fine
papers from around the world to
work on, including handmade
paper from England made by J.
Barcham Green in
1976, Fabriano Roma from
Italy, and French papers
Rives BFK, Arches, Lana
Aquarelle, and Canson Mi-Teintes,
The Book, titled Make Your Mark, challenged each of the participants to bring their creative energy to the page, with no rules about content. The completed book provides an insight into how some of the most talented teenagers of today are thinking and communicating.
The setting at the Corcoran was enhanced by a major exhibition of the work of the visual art award winners. Minsky said "It shows that age is no indicator of quality. These kids are doing work that is equal to or better than what you see in most art galleries. The technical quality some of these teens have mastered is astonishing, and the raw power and vision in the work is inspiring."
Some pages required special attention, including one which the artist brought ductape and wire for a collage. This required a special page to be made next to it, to protect the other pages in the book.
Photos of the working process at the Corcoran courtesy of The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers
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Section A Bindings 1968-79
Section B Bindings 1979-85
Section C Bindings 1986-88
Section D Sculptural Bookworks from 1988
Section E Bindings 1988-94
Section F Painted Car, Watercolor studies, Bindings
Section G Sculptural bookworks 1988, 1994
Minsky's Resume and Bibliography
©2000 Richard Minsky