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About Robert Warner

Born in Geneva, New York, in 1956, Robert Warner is a collage artist, letterpress printer, optician, and eyewear designer who currently resides in Greenwich Village, New York City. Untrained as an artist, Warner’s seven-year correspondence with Ray Johnson, begun in 1988, encouraged him to take up collage and initiated his interest in hand-set type, letterpress printing, and the production of custom, handcrafted display boxes. From 1995 to 2010 he worked as a job printer for Bowne & Co. Stationers at the Seaport Museum (New York City) where, using historic presses, plates, and equipment, he produced stationery and commemorative items to help raise funds for the institution. His collages, which incorporate vintage images and papers, have been exhibited at the New York Public Library, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, and the Center for Book Arts, all in New York City.

About Tod Lippy

Tod Lippy is the editor and founder of Esopus, a twice-yearly arts magazine esteemed for its unmediated perspectives on contemporary culture from a wide range of creative professionals. Referred to by The Atlantic Monthly this past April as “the best magazine you never heard of”, it includes artists’ projects, critical writing, fiction, poetry, visual essays, interviews, and, in each issue, an audio CD. Published by the non-profit Esopus Foundation Ltd., the magazine, which is entirely free of advertising, has a mission “to provide an unfiltered, non-commercial space in which creative people and the public can connect in meaningful, productive ways.” In addition to being president of the Esopus Foundation Ltd., Lippy also runs Esopus Space, an alternative exhibition and performance venue that began presenting public exhibitions in 2009. Lippy was the editor and co-founder of Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art (1994–97), the publisher and co-editor of publicsfear magazine (1992–94), and a senior editor at Print magazine from 1990–1997. His 2000 book, Projections 11: New York Film-Makers on Film-Making, was published by Faber & Faber. Lippy’s 1999 short film, Cookies, was featured in over 20 film festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

Lippy has lectured on Esopus at many educational and cultural institutions, including the American Library Association, the American Institute for Graphic Arts, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the School of Visual Arts M.F.A. Design Program, Hunter College’s M.F.A. Program; the Fashion Institute of Technology, Rice University, USC’s Roski School of Fine Arts, New York’s Nightingale-Bamford School for Girls, and the Elizabeth Irwin High School. He has been interviewed on the same subject for a number of journals, websites, radio programs, and books, including Becoming a Graphic Designer (Wiley, 2005) and Fresh Dialogue: Making Magazines (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007).


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Untitled (Andy Warhol Profile with Dancers behind Striped Screen)
Untitled (Andy Warhol Profile with Dancers behind Striped Screen),
collage on cardboard panel, 9 by 8.5 inches

© Ray Johnson Estate, Courtesy Richard L. Feigen & Co.