Babette Katz

I am a printmaker and a book artist. My artist's books are wordless visual narratives and are loosely in the tradition of the graphic novel. They are offset-printed from linoleum cuts by the Visual Studies Workshop Press. I saw in artist's books an art form as capacious as poetry and one that could accommodate meditations on a wide range of diverse subjects. Mine, for instance, are about knitting, trains, war and peace, mushrooms, mice, the flag, etc.

These books have been acquired by 85 museums and institutions here and abroad. They are in the Special Collections Libraries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Museum, Harvard University and others. Fifteen museums including Yale, MoMA, Carnegie Mellon, and the NY Public Library own all five books. Arizona State University at one time mounted online video animations of two of the books: YARN and MY FLAG.

These books have also been sold as gifts and collectibles through museum and art gift shops such as the Whitney's, Chicago's MCA, The Toledo Museum, London's ICA, NY Public Library shop, The Walker Art Center and others. The bookstore Printed Matter in Chelsea has been selling all the books for years.

My print series called "The Diva Suite" from 1986 is in the permanent collections of the Museum of the City of New York and the Billy Rose Theatre Collection at Lincoln Center.

I am a member of the Center for Book Arts and the Society of American Graphic Artists and have shown with both of them. I was a monthly featured artist at the CBA in 2003 and won a purchase prize at SAGA in 2007.

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