Esther K. Smith and Dikko Faust were the featured speakers in the 2015 Ettinger Book Artist Series Lecture, presented on October 19 in the fourth floor Conference Center of the UWM Golda Meir Library.
Dikko Faust founded Purgatory Pie Press in 1977 at Madison, Wisconsin. His collaboration with Esther K. Smith began after Faust moved to New York City and married Smith in 1980. Their wedding invitation was their first print collaboration, and they have been making print-work and artists’ books together ever since.
Faust is the letterpress printer; Smith edits, designs, and hand-binds all the books. Esther Smith is also well known for her much-sought-after manual on book structures, How to Make Books (2007). Faust is on the faculty of New York’s School of Visual Arts. Smith teaches Artist’s Books at The Cooper Union.
Their work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Tate, the Walker Art Center, and the National Gallery of Art, among many other institutions. They have also had solo exhibitions at many American and British venues, including the libraries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
The lecture was supported by the Ettinger Family Foundation.