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THE WOODCUT ART OF J.J. LANKES/"Wells (Re)Visited" a lecture by author Welford Taylor



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"WELLS (RE)VISITED"
LECTURE BY WELFORD TAYLOR, AUTHOR OF "THE WOODCUT ART OF J.J. LANKES"
WELLS COLLEGE, CHAPEL IN MAIN BUILDING
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 8:00 p.m.,


From 1932-39 the prolific woodcut artist, Julius John Lankes, better known
as J. J. Lankes, taught art at Wells College. In 1999 Lankes was the subject
of a prize-winning biography and critical study, The Woodcut Art Of J. J.
Lankes,  written by Welford Dunaway Taylor and published by Boston
publisher, David R. Godine. A special edition of The Woodcut Art Of J. J.
Lankes has just been published under the auspices of the Wells College Book
Arts Center.

This new deluxe edition, bound in Japanese cloth over boards and including a
separate portfolio of four Lankes woodcuts and wood engravings suitable for
framing, will be celebrated at Wells College on Wednesday, September 19th,
with a book-signing and lecture on Lankes by the author. Professor Taylor1s
lecture will take place at 8:00 in the Chapel in Main Building on the Wells
campus, in conjunction with another art event, the Opening of Wells Art
Professor William Roberts1 Thirty-year Retrospective. The Roberts Opening
will begin in the String Room Gallery in Main Building at 7:00.

Wells Professor Bruce Bennett, Director of the Book Arts Center, commented:
"We are delighted and honored by the unique opportunity David Godine and
Welford Taylor have provided for us. The Woodcut Art Of J. J. Lankes is a
wonderful book, and Book Arts Center students and staff have collaborated to
produce a truly beautiful special edition." Mr. Godine, a member of the Book
Arts Center1s Board of Advisors, donated one hundred unbound copies of the
book for this special edition, which will raise funds for the Center1s
programs in printing, binding, and publishing.

J. J. Lankes has been described as "one of America1s foremost graphic
artists." Not only was he "arguably the first genuine woodcut artist this
country produced", he was the close friend of such poets and writers as
Robert Frost and Sherwood Anderson, and author of A Woodcut Manual, the
first reliable and comprehensive book on woodcutting published in North
America, which appeared while he was at Wells. Lankes was commissioned on a
regular basis to illustrate books, but the most famous of his designs were
undoubtedly the ones he created for Robert Frost1s poetry.

The Woodcut Art Of J. J. Lankes contains a complete overview of Lankes1s
work, including Christmas cards, illustrations of weather sayings, Bucks
County stone barns, and occasional pieces. In the words of one source,
"Welford Dunaway Taylor has painted a rich portrait of an unconventional and
neglected American artist, and also provided an extensive bibliography of
Lankes1s published work as well as a collation of his prints." Professor
Taylor, who is James Bostwick Professor of English at the University of
Richmond, is the author of several other critical works, including a study
of the collaboration between Robert Frost and Lankes.

For more information, please contact the Wells College Book Arts Center
315-364-3420.

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