Robert Kipniss

Painter * Printmaker * Author

Shine

Shine is about Americo, a nearly twelve-year-old boy living with his crippled father in a mostly Italian slum in 1942 Queens, an outer part of New York City. With the father's monthly disability checks and the son's earnings shining shoes, they meagerly get by. While out for a walk one evening, the father is murdered. Struggling with this catastrophe the boy learns he has a strong and resourceful intelligence, and takes very much to heart his father's mantra, "Stay out of the system!" He continues to live in the privacy of their hovel, shining shoes and forging his father's signature on the disability checks that keep arriving. He is smart and adapts quickly, until one day among his customers he recognizes the man who killed his father.

About the Author
Robert Kipniss is a well-respected artist whose paintings and mezzotints are in the permanent collections of museums world-wide (The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum, both in NYC; The Tate and The British Museum, both in London:The Cleveland Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and more than 70 other museums.) He has written a memoir published by the University Press of New England, and a volume of poetry and drawings published by the Hudson Hills Press. Born in Brooklyn in 1931, this is his first work of fiction.

Product details
Paperback: 158 pages
Publisher: Four Directions Press; First edition (November 8, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0998114448
ISBN-13: 978-0998114446
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Books

Fiction
Shine is a novella about Americo, a nearly twelve-year-old boy living with his crippled father in a mostly Italian slum in 1942 Queens, an outer part of New York City.
Art Books
Work by the artist in both mediums during his formative years, showing his development from early explorations to the beginning of his mature work.
One hundred and two color images from a half century of the artist's career
Memoir
How a young self-taught artist made a place for himself of respect and success in a hostile art world.
Museum Publication
A catalog of the show that reopened the New Orleans Museum of Art six months after Hurricane Katrina
Catalog Raisonne - intaglios
A complete listing, image, and exhibition history of every print in this period
Catalog Raisonne--lithographs
Reproductions of 208 color and black-and-white prints from 1967 to 1979

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