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 opening. 

            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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