Redwood Library and Athenæum announces gift of author Calvin Tomkins’ art library and bookplate by Ed Ruscha

The Redwood Library and Athenaeum, the nation’s first purpose-built library structure and think space, has been given the art book collection of prominent author and New Yorker staff writer Calvin Tomkins, a gift of more than 5000 volumes. To commemorate the gift, renowned contemporary artist Ed Ruscha has created a painting titled EX LIBRIS, and a limited series of interpretive lithographs after it to be sold for the benefit of the Redwood. The book collection, gathered over decades of Tomkins’ writing career, which includes biographies of Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg and the international bestseller Living Well is the Best Revenge, comprises a range of exhibition and gallery catalogs, critical surveys and monographs, many of them signed and personalized with drawings by the artists. The collection abuts historic Redwood collections of art and pattern books, while forming an archive

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