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Book of the Week — Five Poems

“Someone leans near
And sees the salt your eyes have shed.”

Five Poems
Toni Morrison
Las Vegas, NV: Rainmaker Editions, 2002
PS3563 O8749 F58 2002

Silhouettes by Kara E. Walker. From the artist’s website: “New York-based artist Kara Walker is best known for her candid investigation of race, gender, sexuality, and violence through silhouetted figures that have appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide. Born in Stockton, California in 1969, Walker was raised in Atlanta, Georgia from the age of 13. She studied at the Atlanta College of Art (BFA, 1991) and the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA, 1994). She is the recipient of many awards, notably the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award in 1997 and the United States Artists, Eileen Harris Norton Fellowship in 2008. In 2012, Walker became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2015, she was named the Tepper Chair in Visual Arts at the Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University. Her work can be found in museums and public collections throughout the United States and Europe including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: The Tate Gallery, London; the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI), Rome and the Deutsche Bank, Franfurt.

From the colophon: “…designed by Peter Rutledge Koch, and printed letterpress from digital imaging and photo-polymer plates at Peter Koch, Printers in Berkeley, California. The typeface is Rialto Piccolo designed by Giovanni de Faccio and Lui Karner. The text paper is Rives BFK, the cover papers are Fabriano Ingres. Binding and housing by Jace Graf at Cloverleaf Studio in Austin, Texas.” Edition of 399 numbered and 26 lettered copies, signed by the author, the artist and the printer. Rare Books copy is letter “O.”

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