“Birds & Animals”, 65 wood engravings, woodcuts, and linoleum cuts interleaved and bound in leather and hand-marbleized paper by Harold McGrath for Gehenna Press, signed on colophon, in cloth-covered slipcase, from an edition of 50, 1974 11 ½’ x 14 ½” (page size) Leonard Baskin, a printmaker, sculptor, illustrator, writer, and teacher, established Gehenna Press, which specialized in fine book production, while a student at Yale. A prodigious artist, his catalogue raisonné includes 739 graphic works. Among his honors and awards are a Prix de Rome a Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Printings the Alonzo C. Mather Prize, Art Institute of Chicago a Special Medal of Merit from the American Institute of Graphic Art and a Medal for Graphic Arts from the National Institute for Arts and Letters in 1969. Baskin's work is represented in the collections of, among others, the Amon Carter Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, British Museum, London, Brooklyn Museum, NY, Detroit Institute of Arts, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C, Museum of Modern Art, New York National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Whitney Museum, New York.
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