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Three Poems of Love and Death by Lucie Brock-Broido

Three Poems of Love and Death
by Lucie Brock-Broido
Richard Minsky, 2009
73" x  26" x  24" 

Copy No. 1, above, is printed inkjet on J. Barcham Green handmade paper with a 1976 watermark, bound in dark teal goatskin with 23K gold title, chained to an oak electric chair. On the inside of the head restraint are three electrodes, and one electrode goes to the leg. An MP3 player on the head restraint plays Minsky's reading of the three poems, two of which concern shotgun suicides and one an electrocution. On the back of the chair is a cabinet containing a 20 gauge shotgun, a Manila hangman's noose, a wakizashi sword, razor blades, poison and a hypodermic syringe. 

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This Work was developed for the exhibition Somewhere Far From Habit, sponsored by Longwood University. Five copies were printed inkjet on J. Barcham Green 1976 handmade paper. Copies Numbered 2 to 5 are bound in limp leather with gold title, no chain or chair.

Copy No. 1, in chain binding with chair and accessories, was in the exhibition at
The Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA, November 6–December 5, 2009
Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Farmville, VA, January 22–March 19, 2010
Yale University, New Haven, CT August 2–November 29, 2010

Copy No. 1, as seen above, has been acquired by the Lloyd Sealy Library of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. An announcement of the details will be forthcoming when the installation plans are finalized.

The remainder of the edition, in limp leather, is sold out.

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