JCBA Artist of the Week

In this week’s Artist of the Week video, Mindy Belloff of Intima Press highlights her work, A Golden Thread. This book showcases the beauty and elegance that can be achieved through the marriage of print, illustration and design. This artist book is based on the short story of The Minotaur, a retelling of the classic Greek tale by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This story, I think, resonates well in our time and Mindy captures its innate feeling wonderfully. At the end of the video, made months before, you will see mention of greetings from the epicenter, as Intima Press is based in New York, the former epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic. At this moment it seems the world itself is now the epicenter but as always there is hope, as A Golden Thread eloquently demonstrates that through intelligence, ingenuity and a little help from others, people can overcome the odds.

Mindy produces fine letterpress printed editions as the only Private Press in Manhattan, under the imprint Intima Press. She has been creating art for over 30 years as a feminist artist in painting, photography and mixed media installations, focusing on the art of the book for over two decades. Her editions are in multiple permanent collections. Inspired by Stieglitz’s Intimate Gallery, Ms. Belloff opened Intima Gallery in upstate New York (2013-2014), showcasing fine prints. Ms. Belloff’s meticulous recreation of the Unanimous Declaration of Independence as printed by Mary Katharine Goddard in January 1777, received a Puffin Foundation Grant supporting “creative and innovative initiatives that advance progressive social change,” for her second contemporary printing proclaiming, “all People are created equal,” and was interviewed for her expertise on this document for CBS This Morning, July 4, 2020.

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In 1844, Thomas Hood penned a famous poem about a bleak November day in London. Stateside, though, November is our traditional time of harvest celebration. In this broadcast of Book Arts 101, we'll explore facets of both and see what else we can conjure up about the month through artists' books and limited editions from the Jaffe Collection and a special surprise or two...

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