Leonard Baskin

American, 1922 - 2000

Baskin was born in 1922 in New Brunswick, New Jersey and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Baskin received his education at a yeshiva, a Jewish religious college, which greatly effected his aesthetic. He had his first exhibition of sculpture at the Glickman Studio Gallery in New York at age seventeen. From 1941-1943 he attended Yale University and received his B.A. in 1949 at the New School for Social Research. In 1953 he began teaching printmaking and sculpture at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he remained until 1974. It is here where he founded Gehenna Press, a small private press specializing in fine book production. Baskin’s sculpture, watercolors, and prints are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Vatican Museum, the Smithsonian Institute and the Tate Gallery in London.
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