Monday, November 10, 2014

Besos de la Muerte (Kisses of Death) : Photographs By Rubén C. Córdova at Texas A&M University in San Antonio [239]

Besos de la Muerte (Kisses of Death) an exhibition of photographs from Mexico City by ABAD artist Rubén C. Córdova opened on 30 October and runs through  Feb. 1, 2015 at Texas A&M University in San Antonio, Texas. 

The exhibition features large and small scale photographs, both color and black-and-white, taken during Day of the Dead in and around Mexico City from 2001 to 2013.  The photographer and author will give a lecture at the gallery at 3:00 pm on November 15, 2014. All are welcome.

Córdova participated in several ABAD exhibitions including the most recent show at the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, Wales, and the New South Wales, Australia as well as the Treviso, Italy show, and several exhibitions in the US.   

Rubén C. Córdova is an art historian, curator, and photographer. He holds a BA from Brown University and a PhD from UC Berkeley. He has taught at UC Berkeley, UT Pan American, UT San Antonio, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Houston. 

Córdova has written or contributed to 11 books and catalogs, as well as encyclopedia entries and journal articles. He has curated 18 exhibitions, including shows dedicated to Day of the Dead and he served as an advisor and on-air interviewee for the Travel Channel program on Day of the Dead in Mexico that first aired in 2007. 

Córdova travels widely and has taken 250,000 pictures in the last 5 years. His work has been featured in 38 exhibitions. Many of the photographs in this exhibition will be included in a book he is writing about Day of the Dead.  He is also the author of Con Safo: The Chicano Art Group and the Politics of South Texas.  Los Angeles: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press, 2009, as well as Arte Caliente: Selections from the Joe A. Diaz Collection. Corpus Christi: South Texas Institute for the Arts, 2004.  Córdova's Amazon author page is here.

More information about the exhibition and lecture here.

FaceBook page for the event.    Photos from the exhibition and event.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


A Book About Death Wales launches 18 October 2014 at the Royal Cambrian Academy in Wales.

To help prepare, a press release in PDF is now available for download.  Please download the ABAD WALES PR HERE.

And please send it to a local journalist in your city.

UK artist and illustrator Rob White produced a poster for the exhibition.

Please use the Twitter and FB and other social media buttons below to send his poster across the planet and help generate interest and awareness of the exhibition, the 30th in the ABAD canon.  

To see the catalog and other details about ABAD Wales or to connect with curator Sonja Benskin Mesher please visit:

And while we have your attention, consider donating some money to support Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in their front line efforts to fight ebola.  We are all together in this fight, pitch in... Donate here.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Satao, Great Kenyan Elephant, Killed By Poachers [236]

Satao was a rare elephant with tusks so big they almost touched the ground.  Killed by a poisoned arrow for his ivory tusks. 

Kenya's great elephant, Satao, killed by poachers. [NPR STORY].

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Garbriel Garcia Marquez 1927 - 2014 [235]

Photograph by Helmut Newton.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, (1927 - 2014), the Nobel Prize winning novelist, lit the world with his magic realism glowing from the fictional town of Macando.  He wrote about love and death in a way no one ever has before or since. If you haven't dipped into Garcia-Marquez's world, begin here: One Hundred Years of Solitude or here, Love in the Time of Cholera.  RIP master story teller.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Gary A. Bibb's Prelude : Point Gallery, Denver - 4 April 2014 [234]

"Coup de Pinceau - Rouge"  (Red Brush Stroke)  mixed media w/ collage on canvas  20" x 16" © 2011 Gary A. Bibb 

A survey of nearly two dozen artworks by artist Gary A. Bibb are featured at POINT Gallery - Denver, Colorado - USA in the exhibit entitled: Prelude. Gary A. Bibb produced 500 numbered and signed drawings for the 2009 ABAD exhibition in New York City.  

See more of Gary's work here: Gary A. Bibb.

Exhibition from : April 4 - May 14, 2014

POINT Gallery  765 Santa Fe Drive   Denver, CO 80204 USA

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Breaking The Frame: A film by Marielle Nitoslawska with Carolee Schneemann [232]

Carolee Schneeman, an artist who exhibited at the opening of A Book About Death at the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in NYC, in September 2009 is presenting Breaking the Frame, and will do so in person on Thurdsay 6 February 2014 in New York City.

All details: Breaking the Frame

U.S. Theatrical Premiere Run -- LAST NEW YORK SHOWINGS

Breaking The Frame  a film by Marielle Nitoslawska with Carolee Schneemann

*** **  *   * **  February 4, 5, 6 at 7:00P & 9:15P nightly ** *  * *  * ***

Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003

Carolee Schneemann present on Thursday the 6th.

thanks to Madeleine Molyneaux, A Possible Movements Production

To learn more about the film, and to watch the trailer, please visit


Tickets are available at Anthology's box office on the day of the show only. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day. There are no advance ticket sales. Reservations are available to Anthology members only.

Saturday, February 1, 2014


The Royal Cambrian Academy                                         

Academi Frenhinol Gymreig Open Call: A Book About Death

An International Art Project exhibiting at the RCA
Organised by Sonja Benskin Mesher RCA UA

A Book About Death Wales Website (online catalog)

A BOOK ABOUT DEATH was launched as an underground, global art project in September 2009 at the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in New York City, New York. It was conceived and curated by American artist Matthew Rose as an open, unbound book on the subject of death. Taking the name, A Book About Death from the artist Ray Johnson, Rose paid homage to the founder of mail art and at the same time offered artists to explore the theme of death through post card sized works in an edition of 500; thus the “book.” The NYC exhibition was extremely well attended and set off a series of exhibitions around the world – ABAD – numbering thus far, 27, the most recent taking place in Australia. With an archival set of the New York ABAD show (487 works) new exhibitions touch upon particular, local themes but draw from a growing and global well of artists. All exhibitions invite artists to mail in their works, usually in post card format.

How to Enter:
Open call for art work from visual artists and writers etc to create a postcard size artwork 4 x 6 inches based on the theme of Death.

All work will be exhibited and archived and the artwork will not be returned but become part of the project.

Please post your artwork to address below by 30th September 2014

Work in the first instance to be sent to:
Sonja Benskin Mesher, Y Stiwdio, Tynllan, Llanelltyd, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2SU

Please, send your works well-packed and write NO COMMERCIAL VALUE on the envelope. The organisers are not responsible for any damage during the transportation.
There is no participation fee and the work may be exhibited in the future.

An online “live” archive will record the work and other details of the exhibition as the works come in.

Exhibition dates: October 18th to November 15th 2014
The Royal Cambrian Academy ABAD show in Wales will be the 28th ‘A Book about Death’ exhibition. Included will be the work from the initial New York exhibition, as well as works from from ABAD Wales, at MOMA Machynlleth.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Ray Johnson by Stephen Lack : January 13, 1995 [229]

Ray Johnson by Stephen Lack.  The artist produced a small, 9 x 9 inch painting about Ray Johnson's suicide drowning in Sag Harbor, New York in 1995 based upon a photograph in a newspaper.  Ray Johnson died on January 13, 1995.   The photograph was probably taken on Saturday January 14, 1995 after Ray's body had been recovered from the water in Sag Harbor.

More Stephen Lack art work here:

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Montreal-based artist Benoît David launches his exhibition of people trying to get some sleep, one of the most surrealist artists working today.  Benoît was was of the New York ABAD arists.  See more for his opening in Montreal on 4  February by clicking the link below.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Peter Schyuff, The Whitney & The Woodwards II - New Album [227]

Peter Schuyff, artist who exhibited in the New York ABAD exhibition, will release his second album, The Woodwards II.  And there is a tour to England as well.  See the whole set up, pick up his album and get a ticket, check out his "bail out" video, and give him a hand for the tour :

And Peter was just selected for inclusion in The Whitney Biennial.

Peter writes from Amsterdam: "hey matthew, how is everything? here all systems go. i heard yesterday that i'm going to be in the 2014 whitney biennial. that made me happy except they're showing my pencils instead of paintings. whatever.  this new album is getting a lot of attention. i think this dog might hunt. anyway, we're doing a crowd funding thing to finance the tour. the motivation was more just to get some attention and make a clever little video. we can use the money but we're going wether we get it or not. turns out to be a brilliant way to tell stories. and we have a funny new tour poster." 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

William Evertson: Photobooth Kabuki in Chelsea [226]

William Evertson, ABAD artist, has launched a weekend show in Chelsea's art district focusing on his recent prints including Photobooth Kabuki.  Exhibition: October 18 - October 20, 2013.

Photos of the installation on FaceBook.

Open all day Sunday October 20.  Details:

Address: Suite 304 (Ayn S. Choi/ASC Project Space) … 526 West 26th Street - West Chelsea Arts Building – New York City, NY.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Kim Triedman's: THE OTHER ROOM [222]

ABAD artist/poet Kim Triedman will be launching her debut novel, THE OTHER ROOM, at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA on Thursday October 10 at 7 pm. 

Publishers Weekly says "Triedman conveys a sense of inexorable emptiness that accompanies great loss," and the the book has been called "a vsiceral sensuous read" and "the true work of a poet enriching every possibility of narrative."

You can find out more about the book and the author at, and other upcoming readings/events in Boston and New York can be found on her events page. 

Her first official review was posted today at

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


View, download, the book from ABAD Seattle, via the hp magcloud site:  ABAD SEATTLE.  
Specs:  Standard, 8.25" x 10.75"  - 230 pages; perfect bound.
Buy/print the book for $57.00; purchase a digital copy for $5.00 (download); the digital copy is free with purchase of the print copy. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Mark Wiener (1951-2012) Double Retrospective [220]

Mark Wiener : Double Retrospective Cross Narratives

Mark Wiener, portrait by Giandomenica Becchio.
chashama is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by the late New York artist Mark Wiener (1951-2012), featuring two distinct groups of paintings representing new directions taken by Wiener in his last decade. Curated by Janusz Jaworski, the double retrospective in the Durst Organization’s lobbies at 1133 and 1155 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, runs through November 20th with viewing hours 8am - 7 pm, Monday through Friday.

Mark Wiener, who was remembered by Peter Frank in the Huffington Post following his death in 2012, was one of the artists who embraced A Book About Death in its initial exhibition in New York in 2009.  His ABAD piece, a collaborative work with Linda DiGusta, can be viewed here.  

“When I met Mark in 2003, it seemed as if years of painting had built-up within him, and during his residency at TIXE they exploded onto the canvas (and the surrounding walls, and floors).  It was as if he was painting an entire volume of space, and had placed his canvases at just the right place within the room to capture the very best parts of the three-dimensional vortex of energy and color, line and field, gesture and thought that surrounded him.” -- Janusz Jaworski, curator, “Double Retrospective.”

Left: Installation view at 1133 Avenue of the Americas, NYC; photo by David Manuel.

A block away from where they were created a decade ago, several of these vividly colored works, as well as examples from the artist’s year-long chashama residency in 2004, are on view in the “Times Square and Beyond” section of chashama’s presentation of “Mark Wiener – Double Retrospective." The second part of the exhibition, “Cross Narratives 2006-2012,” features paintings created after the artist limited his palette to black and white.

Mark Wiener’s oft-stated goal was for his art to evoke positive energy, for people to engage, enjoy, and reflect. He embraced the participation of all to the point that he kept his Chelsea studio open to anyone who happened to be walking by, often initiating long discussions with strangers from all walks of life, many of whom became friends, and all of whom witnessed the crescendo of the craft and spirit of a visual alchemist who never stopped reaching for more.

Wiener studied under Bauhaus influences at Philadelphia College of Art, where he focused on painting and photography. Inspired by visionaries Alexi Brodivitch, Frank Zachry and Alexander Lieberman, he developed an open mind toward working simultaneously in several disciplines. While his abstract paintings have appeared in solo and group exhibitions worldwide since the 1980’s, and are found in public, private and corporate collections, he embraced conventional and digital techniques and was well known as a photographer, designer and illustrator and teacher.  Photo, right: Mark Wiener in his Chelsea Studio, photo by Giandomenica Becchio.

Never seeing art as a one-dimensional pursuit, Mark was always aware of the community as a whole. His profile as a “public character” was remembered in Peter Frank’s article for the Huffington Post. In addition to images and general information, his website,, maintained as he left it last year, portrays his practice and philosophy in texts and videos (at one point there was a live feed from the studio’s webcam) by and about the artist – as it developed, his online “diary” became his true statement.

“I've been wanting to exhibit Mark's work for a while now, and finally have the opportunity with these two venues to show his work with the space and attention that suits his work well,” said curator Jaworski, who also serves as chashama’s program director. “ A part of it is a selfishness - I want to be able to go into one of the galleries and stand there and look at all the pieces.  To take my time with "old friends" I haven't seen in a while, and to dive into newer pieces to swim among the currents within them.”  Photo: left, Giandomenica Becchio.

He also explained that the larger reason for this exhibition, is “to share Mark's work with an audience that might never think of going to an art exhibit, yet is still moved by the skill, vision, and serious play that lives within each piece.  His works have a way of meeting the viewer wherever they are, and suggesting to that person that they ‘go for a walk.’  You never know where you'll end up during one of these "walks," but that's part of the fun, and part of the necessity of going on them.”


Mark Wiener : Double Retrospective Cross Narratives
1155 Avenue of the Americas, NYC, New York

August 26 - November 20, 2013
Press Preview: Tuesday, September 17, 11am - 1 pm

Reception: Wednesday, September 18th, 6 - 8pm 
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am - 7pm  


Read the press release at:

For more information about the artist please contact:

Thursday, August 29, 2013


A Book About Death: The Ties That Bind, curated by LuAnn Palazzo, will take part in New York Bound: International Book Art Biennial, September 22 - December 29, 2013 at the Islip Art Museum.

Curated By Dorothea Fleiss (Museum of Art Satu- Mare Romania), the Book Biennial will feature a selection of artist-made books from around the world. This exhibition promotes and encourages artists' unconventional ideas about books. The Islip Art Museum is one of the leading exhibition spaces for contemporary art on Long Island.

Reception: October 6 from 1 - 4pm. For all information: Islip Art Museum

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Mara Thompson & Ray Johnson: One Degree of Separation [216]

Above:  Mara Thompson and Ray Johnson: Mara Thompson's Audrey Johnson, collage on paper, made from copies of Marie Tavroges Stillkind's Ray Johnson letters. Circa 2010.

In 1951 my mother and father married.  Mom was and is great friends with Marie Tavroges Stilkind, and they have kept in touch. 

My mother moved to Canada during WWII, and went to art school.  My father, John Falk, was a student and beatnik at the time, eventually earning a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and practicing as a research scientist and teacher (and published poet).

I grew up with a strong interest in the arts, often skipping high school classes to go to the Los Angeles Museum of Art and the local library.  After graduation I found my way to ten years of “living on the land” working a farm in the Ozarks. I returned to Southern California in 1982 and began a twenty year career with the phone company.  At the end, I was a Systems Engineer.  After leaving them, I went to work for Otis College of Art and Design and began my second career as artist. 

It was at Otis that I met the best art instructor of my life, Franklyn Liegel. It was he who introduced me to the collages and the life of Ray Johnson.  Immediately I was thoroughly taken with Ray’s practice.  I still watch the movie, “How to Draw a Bunny” at least once a year.  I dream about him.  I dream about Franklyn.. (see my posthumous collaboration on page fifty in the book, there is a full preview available to review on line).

LEFT: Collage by Mara Thompson, 2010.

In conversation, my mother mentioned that Marie was the first Secretary of The New York Correspondance School!  Thus began my friendship and pen pal relationship with Marie.

Over the years Marie has told me many stories, shared clippings and gossip, books and paraphernalia.  She has been a constant source of inspiration, and I very much value her history in the arts of the time.  I began to explore the world of mail art.

I’ve enclosed a smattering of my postcards for your pleasure.  I’ve been involved with a Ray Johnson inspired series of exhibitions, the first, A Book About Death, curated by Matthew Rose at the Emily Harvey Foundation in 2009.

After that exhibition I insinuated my way into curation of a similar event in the Fine Arts building at Otis.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments – Mara Thompson.

Sunday, March 31, 2013



Ravenna Taylor, the American artist (Hunterdon County, NJ) is quietly working away in her studio on a series of abstract works and contemplating her upcoming exhibition, in which she has six new works to complete a suite of 12 paintings.  The artist, who contributed to the NYC ABAD exhibition is showing her work here:

If you would like to see the full body of works up close, see:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Cecil Touchon, not only one of the artists in the NYC ABAD exhibition, but also an artist curator of the project in both Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and Pagosa Springs, Colorado has been working on his visual diary of collage art for three decades.

Cecil will show his work in New York this coming April. Sears-Peyton Gallery has been representing Cecil's Fusion Series series from its beginnings. Come meet the artist in New York at the opening April 4 2013 -Thursday 5-7 pm

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Eric Andersen : Liaison [213]

Eric Andersen, a contributor to the New York ABAD exhibition at The Emily Harvey Foundation, launches his Liaison at Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen, Denmark on Friday 15 March, 2013.

On each of the exhibition days Eric will invite everyone to a jam session (he will play an organ concert at the end of the day) beginning at 7:30 PM.

See more here: Nikolaj Kunsthal.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Seatle's ABAD : The Book [212]


If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the Seattle ABAD project, you can purchase one here: SEATTLE A BOOK ABOUT DEATH.  Printed book is $60 and a digital copy is only $5.  Get both for $60.  The monies earned help to defray the costs of production and benefit QUETZALCOATL GALLERY which went to great expense to launch the exhibition in 2012.

Buy the book, click here: QUETZALCOATL GALLERYThe publication is 230 pages and perfect bound.  A Book About Death Seattle, exhibited at the Quetzalcoatl Gallery, Seattle WA. Nov 11-Dec 10, 2011, is being documented in a book that will archived in the Cornish College of the Arts library.   ABAD Seattle, curated by Kathleen McHugh and Almandra Sandoval included an international exhibition of art and an interactive work by Matthew Rose. The wall of images created a rich cultural space for literary, social and music events by The Tangletown String Band, Choroloco, Jacque Larrainzar, Sin Fronteras, and readings by published authors. ABAD Seattle book are posted on the blog:   

Saturday, February 16, 2013


CW Post College is archiving the ABAD collection along with two boxes of New York City catalogs, invitation and announcement cards from the 1980s donated to the college by Matthew Rose.

CW Post is located on Long Island in New York.

The Post librarians and specialists who have archived and stored the collections are : Top, Jarron Jewell, Senior library assistant; middle, Erin de Marco Library School Graduate student, Queens College and bottom, Bonnie Gallagher, Library School Graduate student, LIU Post.

Joan Harrison who helped with the entire effort of getting the works into the collections at CW Post, curated wide ranging exhibition documenting Ray Johnson & A Book About Death.  She writes: "Don't you love the signage?  A BAD Archive.  Ray would have loved that and would have had to make a 'Good' archive."

Saturday, December 15, 2012


A Book About Death Australia is now receiving art works.

Please see the Call Out below and visit the web site : ABAD AUSTRALIA.  

A Book About Death Australia

Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah,
New South Wales, Australia
Opening: October 18, 2013 at 6 pm
Exhibition finishes November 24, 2013

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Speaking Muzzled Eurasion - dOCUMENTA - Caterina Verde & Pasha Radetzki [209]

Speaking Muzzled Eurasion, install-actions at dOCUMENTA by Caterina Verde and Pasha Radetzki takes place on August 26 (Sunday) in Kassel, Germany.  Caterina, who lives and works in Montauk, NY set up the project on her SPS (Strange Positioning Systems) platform. See information here: SPS.

The piece being performed is mafestOmarch.  MafestOmarch is a live install-action by New York artists, Pasha Radetzki  & Caterina Verde specifically conceived for Critical Art Ensemble’s curatorial programming at dOCUMENTA (13).  The work is part of a year-long mafestOmarch - art march for all -  initiatives launched by Radetzki on June 10, 2011 in Manhattan, New York.  Employing live intermedia installations, interventions, languages, and actions, mafestOmarch reworks our perceptions of continents’ past, present & future art - social developments by, SPEAKING MUZZLED EURASIAN.

To support the project Caterina and Pasha are offering inexpensive limited editions of their works. Above, right, Poverty is a luxury we can't afford, inkjet on archival paper, 24" x 17." $200.00.  To see more works and support the project, see: Speaking Muzzled Eurasian.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Robert Hughes 1938 - 2012 [208]

Photo: Tim Robinson/WNET13

Robert Hughes, art critic and author of the series on contemporary art, The Shock of the New, died yesterday.  He was 74.  Read more about the critic in the NYT obituary.

And some of Robert Hughes notable quotes, here.  Like the one below:

On the art market, in Time magazine, 1989:
If there were only one copy of each book in the world, fought over by multimillionaires and investment trusts, what would happen to one’s sense of literature – the tissue of its meanings that sustain a common discourse? What strip mining is to nature, the art market has become to culture.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Eline 'T Sant : At The Stedelijk Museum Aarschot, Flanders [207]

Eline ‘T Sant, contemporary Belgian artist, who frequently travels through Africa and Asia for her work, produced a very compelling work for the NYC A Book About Death exhibition – a photograph of a row of parrots wrapped in bandages called "Necropolis."

Eline is exhibiting her current work at the Stedlelijk Museum in Aarschot, Belgium (Flanders) through 19 August 2012.  (It is very close to Bruxelles).  For more information see Eline's website:

Also her Saatchi site:

Eline says about her work: "I’ve always been fascinated by anthropology and archaeology: The primitive state, the purity of materials, the essence of life. Throughout my many voyages I’ve been looking for new basic and raw materials. Elements out of the nomads’ daily life – red earth, blood, milk and cow dung – are either directly integrated into my works or hinted to by use of paint."

"…and many things related, as the title could go on, is a downright statement: there is something animistic about these works, a spell that lingers on and consumes itself, showing scars of a ritual past. I just initiate what the works have to finish off, bridging the relation between present and past, linking vital forces with the frailty of the objects I reanimate, using ancestral means of packing, and practicing wrapping and preserving as if meant for an afterlife."

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Book: A Book About Death [206]

Conceived and produced by Almendra Sandoval and Kathleen McHugh from the exhibition A Book About Death Seattle at Quetzalcoatl gallery, the book is the first printed version if any of the more than 25 exhibitions in the ABAD project.  Foreword by Matthew Rose.  Opening launch party is on August 24, 2012 in Seattle.  Quetzalcoatl Gallery/El Quetzal Lounge 3209 Beacon Avenue South, Seattle.  

For more details please see:

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Brandstifter: Lost & Found in Mainz [205]

Brandstifter: Lost & Found 2012… Asphaltbibliotheque Mainz

June 06 - August 26, Main Station Square, 55116 Mainz

Brandstifter, the German conceptual artist who performed a cassette tape reading at the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery opening of A Book About Death in 2009 has set up shop in Mainz, Germany.

The conceptual installation with lost & found sheets of paper from the streets of Mainz collected by Brandstifter are presented on the outside of an accessible wooden cube in front of main station for three months (through August)at the art in public space project by V.E.B. Freie Brandstiftung in cooperation with Kulturdezernat Landeshauptstadt Mainz.

Visitors or passerby can take part in the exhibition by submitting their found papers for the participative project in the mail box at the cube. The Asphalt Librarian will turn them into large Blow ups and integrate them into the constantly changing exhibition. Brandstifter developed his concept Asphaltbibliotheque for archiving found pieces of papers at Mainzer Galerie Walpodenstraße 21 in 1998.

Since then he collects and exhibits them worldwide for example 2009 as artist in residency at Flux Factory New York with grants by Schloss Balmoral, Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Kultur. The three month exhibition will be guided by an opening reception on June 16, 6pm in the shape of an EXCHANGE BUREAU FOR LOST&FOUND SHEETS OF PAPER, a 24h performance with members of the performing arts ensemble “Raum (0)” on July 27, a FLUX exchange project arcross the river Rhine with Ben Patterson (A Penny for your thoughts) at the cube in Mainz and Brandstifter at Ben's Pavillion, Museum Wiesbaden as well as an art zine that displays the progress of the project and lost&found art that can be submitted by E-mail through

Monday, June 4, 2012

Joan Harrison: Sea & Sky [204]

The artist, curator and writer Joan Harrison opens June with art and literature.  Joan Harrison curated the Ray Johnson and ABAD exhibition at CW Post College on Long Island in 2011. 

Joan’s pastels of the sea and the sky will be on view at the Glen Cove Yacht Clulb starting Saturday June 9.  Her book, Locust Valley, will also be available for sale.  See Joan’s web site here:

Monday, May 28, 2012

Peter Schuyff: Second Chance (Uke) [203]

Peter Schuyff, artist living in Amsterdam, contributor to ABAD's show in NYC is also the guitar and uke playing, troubadour of The Woodwards. Here, he gives an impromptu ukelele rendition of (I think) Second Chance at his gallery in Amsterdam, Galerie Gabriel Rolt. You can also watch Peter's new music video, NOTHING, here: STOREFRONTWINDOWS.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Susan Shulman's Letter From Paris [202]

Above: Musée Maillol, Paris.  Read the post on Praeterita.

This is the second part of a dispatch from a visit to Europe by the three artists of the Seeking Kali Collective (Part 1 here). Artist Susan Shulman recounts what she saw in Paris -- including a visit to the apartment of the legendary Matthew Rose.  (Well, I don't know about legendary).  Anyway:  More here.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Bonnie Gloris: Renaissance, Rebirth, Revival [201]

ABAD artist Bonnie Gloris will exhibit her work in Renaissance, Rebirth, Revival a group exhibition with works that reflect a renewal of life, vigor, commerce, interest and hope.

Above: Mother/Mistress, 2010. Mixed media on paper, 20.5 x 16.25 inches

RSI: 1500 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ; May 20th – June 24th, 2012.

Opening Reception: Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

More information, click: Bonnie Gloris.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


A Book About Death Seattle, curated by Kathleen McHugh and hosted by Almendra Sandoval will be a published book.  The 250-page book will be available by the end of July. The launch party is August 1.  For more information see: ABAD SEATTLE.

Sandoval, Almendra, ed. A Book About Death Seattle. Seattle: Quetzalcoatl, 2012. Print.
Foreword by Matthew Rose
— with Herb Sundvall, Almendra Sandoval and Matthew Rose at El Quetzal.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Gloria Zein / London : I Can't Stop The Dancing Chicken [199]

Mural  and sculpture: Gloria Zein. Photograph stairwell: © Richard Bryant. Photograph sculpture: © Gloria Zein. 

Gloria Zein, an artist who helped launch the A Book About Death project in New York, opens her solo exhibition I can't stop the dancing chicken at the Goethe-Institut London on Sunday, 20 May 2012, noon to 8pm.

Goethe-Institut London 

I can’t stop the dancing chicken was commissioned specially for the 50th anniversary and reopening of the Goethe-Institut London.

It is a temporary installation in three parts consisting of individual works of sculpture, miniatures and a mural, which together form a complex, comprehensive spatial installation addressing the identity of the building and the structure of the Institut. It will be on show until April 2013.

There will also be a number of events:

1) Ten film screenings (22 May - 23 June) including short works by the artists Fiona Chambers, Marcus Coates and Anita Delaney and by director Helke Sander.

You can find the complete  program here:

2) Artist Talk:  Gloria Zein in conversation with Stephanie Rosenthal, chief curator at the Hayward Gallery, on 3 July at the Goethe-Institut.

If you are in London, the artist will be in town on 20 - 22 May as well as 3 July, 2012.

Gloria Zein: I can't stop the dancing chicken
Goethe-Institut London  50 Princes Gate
Exhibition Road  London SW7 2PH

Please check the website for the new opening hours:

From the program: German artist Gloria Zein currently works between London, Berlin and Paris. In 2011 she was awarded the Cass Prize for Sculpture in London.

An interdisciplinary, dialogical approach is central to Zein’s practice; the disclosure of her artistic methods allows viewers to appreciate the processual nature of her projects and the conditions surrounding the creation of her sculptural pieces.

The works that have been developed in honour of the reopening and 50th anniversary of the Goethe-Institut London reflect the transdisciplinary nature of Gloria Zein’s art. Her commissioned pieces allude not only to the multifaceted role of the institute with its wide range of cultural and educational activities in London, Great Britain and North-West Europe, but also to the dedication and commitment of its staff, operating within a dynamic network of artistic and creative fields.

Following the extensive restoration of the premises and the redevelopment of the interior spaces, Gloria Zein has responded to the architecture of the building with references to its historical significance and to the cultural objectives of the Goethe-Institut London. The diversity and geographical structure of these are addressed in a complex artistic work. Sculptures and objects in a variety of materials have been installed both outside the building and in individual working areas, and Zein has also developed a striking and playful colour concept for the walls and ceilings of the main stairwell. Visitors experience this space as a walk-through installation that opens up fascinating and surprising new perspectives throughout the entire building.

This project is presented as part of the International Architecture and Design Showcase 2012; a global gathering of cultural projects investigating architecture and design from across the world.

– Claudia Amthor-Croft Head of Arts, Goethe-Institut London, spring 2012, Translated by Jacqueline Todd

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Grace Graupe Pillard opens a show of New York works exploring the city, along with seveal other NY based artists.  NEW YORK CITY BLUES taps into the city as atmosphere, motif and symbol of the spirit of our time – and it opens in two art spaces in Denmark –  KUNSTPAKHUSET and Augustiana.  Along with Grace Graupe Pillard, Robin Tewes and the Danish artists Jonna Pedersen and Bjørn Eriksen visit the ins and outs of the city and its population thorugh photography, painting, video and other media.

Grace was one of the New York City artists who participated in the ABAD show at the Emily Harvey Foundation, and also made a film of her visit, visible on the main ABAD site, here.

New York City Blues 28. april – 28. maj 2012
Lille Torv 5 7430 Ikast Tlf. 2311 1019

24. juni – 19. august 2012
Augustiana – skulptur og kunstcenter  ved Galleri Nørballe
Palævej 12 6440 Augustenborg Tlf. 2220 2591

Visit Grace Graupe Pillard's website here.

From the catalog:  GRACE GRAUPE PILLARD / The Spirit of our Time

In several of her works Grace Graupe Pillard addresses events of national and political character, which seem to have altered America’s awareness of its own role in the world, and its internal political conscious- ness, and has created a new ”spirit of our time.”

The terrorist bombing on September 11, 2001 of the spectacular Twin Towers - the World Trade Center skyscrapers in NYC, changed the USA and its perception of personal safety. The event changed the world so dramatically that there is now talk of a before and after 9/11.The monstrous event shattered the American self-image and revealed a vulnerability of unknown dimensions. It was literally the heart of the American system that was hit.

Grace Graupe Pillard visualizes the consequences of war and the equally powerful manipulation of the electorate through the “politics of fear”, which were created by politicians in the period after 9/11 and the ensuing war in Iraq. “Interventions - It Can’t Happen Here” attempts to make visually evident the ongoing tragic repercussions of war in ”far off places” transported to United States’ own backyard.
By use of computer and digital filters she creates an implanted imagery - sometimes verging on the abstract. Using bright colors and kaleidoscopic patterns, she depicts a recognizable everyday reality that is distur- bingly altered in character and mood. She makes a digital / photographic jolt of reality. As a viewer we ask ourselves: What is paranoia? What is reality?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Pre-Fluxus Time Travel Circus: LuAnn Palazzo [197]

ABAD artist and curator LuAnn Palazzo opens up an exhibition at The Second Avenue Firehouse Gallery in Bay Shore, New Yokr (on Long Island) that touches upon interspatiaion time travelling: Pre FLuxus Time Travel Circus.  The international mail system, the physical world and time are the subjects of this show that features selections from the high flying art world.

The exhibition opens on Sunday May 6, 2012, from 2 - 5 PM.  The exhibition fruns from May 6 through May 28.  Call: 631.669.3236.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Willie Marlowe In Ireland : Neon Ribbon [196]

Willie Marlowe, a painter and original sponsor of the ABAD exhibition in New York will be showing new paintings and prints in Ireland at The Denis Collins Gallery's Art Upstairs, Wexford, Ireland.

Her works are luminous like the above piece, Neon Ribbon, a 26-inch square archival pigment ink print.   Willie will also show works at the Rosslare Gallery, Strand Road this spring.  To see more work, read about and contact the artist, connect here: Willie Marlowe.