Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0020767, Sun, 26 Sep 2010 17:34:35 -0400

Exhibit of Alfred Appel's collection of Baskin's art
An exhibition of 70 works by the contemporary American
artist, Leonard Baskin (1922-2000)-mainly his prints, etchings, and
drawings--just opened at the Delaware Art Museum. The collection is a
gift donated to the museum by Alfred Appel, Jr. and his wife, Nina, and
includes some handcrafted cards and correspondence by Baskin to Alfred.
Many of Alfred's relatives, as well as his widow, flew in from various
parts of the U.S. to attend the opening last Saturday. Unfortunately, I
did not find out about it until the next day. I did have a chance to
speak with Danielle Rice, the museum's director, who told me that the
Appels had donated the collection last year--before Alfred's sudden
death-and that she had greatly looked forward to meeting him at the

Included in this impressive exhibit are a charming photo of
Alfred and a display of his books-among them The Annotated Lolita and
Nabokov's Dark Cinema. I was saddened, once again, by Alfred's loss but
cheered by a (positively Nabokovian) quote from Baskin on the subject of
pop art: "it ranges from the inedible to the unspeakable."

The exhibit runs until January 9th.

Ellen Pifer

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