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[BKARTS] A Death

Dear Book_Arts-l Subscibers,

I am sad to report the death of Rose Slivka, who brought the concept of the
art-craft connection to the American and world public.A poet, essayist,
critic, and journalist, for 20 years (1959-79, according to today's
obituary in The New York Times) Rose was Editor-in-Chief of Craft Horizons
magazine, and subsequently Craft International. She served on the Center
for Book Arts Board of Directors from about 1976 to the mid 1990's   Her
contribution to the field of Book Art was enormous, and her choice of a
background role may have kept her many achievements from your attention.

Services at the Yardley & Pino Funeral Home, 94 Pantigo Road, East Hampton,
NY begin at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Rose was promoting book art before I met her.  It was her Bookbinding
Editor at Craft Horizons, Polly Lada-Mocarski, who first introduced us in

She organized the landmark exhibition, The Object as Poet, in 1977.
Presented at The Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC and the Museum of
Contemporary Crafts in New York City, it included many works of book art
that changed the way people regarded text and image. Text became object,
object became metaphor.

In 1979 Rose Slivka curated the exhibition "Handmade Books from the Center
for Book Arts" at the Elaine Benson Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY. This show
of  collaborations between CBA apprentices and established artists based in
the Hamptons attracted enormous attention and boosted consciouness and
support of book art in a very influential region.

In 1981 or so Rose devoted an entire issue of Craft International to Book
Arts. Perhaps one of the listmembers has a copy in their library and can
identify the issue.

Her great eye for "the real thing," penetrating vision and commentary,
occasionally combining humor and stinging criticism, attracted a dedicated
following to her "From the Studio" column in The East Hampton Star.

Rose was an inspiring friend, and her passing marks the end of an era.

If you don't have the paper, the NY Times Obituray is at



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