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Re: BOOK_ARTS-L Digest - 19 Nov 2000 to 20 Nov 2000 (#2000-316)



Alice,

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Chris


Alice Simpson wrote:

> In a message dated 11/21/00 12:08:27 AM, LISTSERV@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU writes:
>
> << Date:    Mon, 20 Nov 2000 13:08:25 EST
> From:    Barbara Harman <ArtSurvive@AOL.COM>
> Subject: Re: New York Center for Book Arts Pricing Conference
>
> Is this a joke? Barbara >>
>
> <<The following letter has been prepared after attending the highly=20
> informative Center for Book Arts Pricing Conference in New York on Thursday,=
> =20
> November 16, 2000.
>
> November 18, 2000
> =20
> Dear Museums, Libraries, Institutions, Dealers and Collectors,
>
> I wanted to bring to your attention the unfortunate errors on my previous=20
> Artist Book Price List which you received recently. I was in Marrakesh and=20
> the typos slipped by my former administrative assistant.
>
> Those books listed as $5000.00 should be $50.00,  $4000.00 should read=20
> $40.00, and so forth.  Also the cover letter, which she signed for me, may=20
> not have mentioned that I will be making Xerox =A9 copies of all of my books=
> =20
> which will be available for your collections, priced attractively at $5.00.=20
>
> Hopefully,  you will reconsider purchasing my unique books.  Should this=20
> still create a problem for your budget, due to your building expansion=20
> program, I would be willing to offer you a Special Discount to meet your=20
> budgetary needs.=20
>
> Thank you for your interest in my books.
>
> Sincerely,
> Alice Simpson
> Support Living Artists>>
>
> November 21, 2000
> Dear Barbara and all-
> My son always said my sense of humor would get me in trouble.=20
> Yes, it was a tongue-in-cheek response to the fascinating and highly
> informative, if not disappointing, information given at the=20
> New York Center for Book Arts Pricing Conference this week.
>
> It seems that prices for unique artist books are not improving very much--=20
> "We don't get no respect" as the saying goes.=20
> Many major institutions expect us to donate our books as they expand.=20
> Many have a price range for purchases of $100-300.
> I left graphic design to work hands-on-- to learn that MOMA only purchases=20
> mechanically produced books for their collection.
>
> I posed the following question that evening:
> What does one do when one has already submitted a price list to libraries,=20
> museums, institutions with prices too high for their collections? It was=20
> suggested that one call back and offer a "special discount."
>
> Considered faking my own death, then decided to write that letter,=20
> which I assumed would cause someone to laugh.=20
>
> Please be assured that I do not have an administrative assistant, former or=20
> present,=20
> I have not been in Morrocco in at least twenty years and I did not send that=
> =20
> letter to anyone living or dead at any museum, library or institution.
>
> I will continue to make books whether anyone buys them or not, because I lov=
> e=20
> making them.
> Here's to all of you for a happy T-Day.
> Sincerely,=20
> Alice Simpson
> Very much alive
>
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