In November 2016, the estate of the late artist Rick Bartow (1946-2016) gifted Yale’s Beinecke Library with Bosch, a hand-bound book containing thirteen drypoints by Bartow which were bound with Mexican amate paper. The book, completed two weeks before his passing, contains self-portraits and images of birds.
Bartow scratched the drypoint plates in spring of 2015. His friend and master printer, Seeichi Hiroshima, then printed them on Barcham Green paper. Bartow signed the prints in February 2016 and added watercolor and gouache in March. Bartow passed away on April 2, 2016.
Bosch is now in the collection of the Beinecke Library where it joins two more artists books by Bartow, 10 Little Indian Boys (2009) and 8 Prints + 4 Variations (2009).
I wrote about one of the drypoint prints, “Ride to Town,” for the Object Lesson feature of the July/August 2017 issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine.
The article can be found online: Ride to Town