New York, NY (September 16, 2011): Esopus Space is pleased to announce "Take-Aways: Removable Inserts from Esopus," an exhibition featuring 136 objects that have appeared in issues of the award-winning arts publication Esopus over the past eight years. The show runs from September 15 to October 18.

Every issue of Esopus, called "a thing of lavish, eccentric beauty" by The New York Times' David Carr, has featured a range of removable inserts created to enhance the visceral nature of experiencing the magazine's contents. These inserts have taken the form of facsimiles of business cards, license plates, pieces of correspondence, and strips of film negative; stand-alone booklets; audio CDs, exacting reproductions of items from archives like those of the Museum of Modern Art; and even 3-dimensional sculptures. A number of artists' projects in past issues have included one of these removable items—ranging from John Baldessari's "Foot and Stocking Series, 2010" (a series of six 7" x 11.5" placards in Esopus 14) to Richard Misrach's "Untitled, 2005," a 16" x 35" poster from Esopus 5—effectively allowing readers to own and display works by both established and emerging artists that might otherwise be unaffordable for them. 

Twice-yearly Esopus features contributions from a cross-section of creative disciplines presented in a striking visual format with minimal editorial framing and no advertising, giving its 10,000 readers the opportunity to access a wide range of cultural expression with minimal mediation. Each issue of Esopus includes three long-form contemporary artists’ projects—one by an established artist (past contributors have included Richard TuttleJenny Holzer, and Robert Therrien) and two by emerging figures—that utilize complex printing processes, unique paper stocks, and specially formulated inks. Issues also typically include personal reflections on various creative disciplines by practitioners, from film composer Carter Burwell to cruciverbalist David Quarfoot. The magazine also regularly features portfolios of undiscovered artwork, from the riveting battle drawings of 13-year-old student Alex Brown to the pscyhologically charged photographs of Mark Hogancamp. Along with a sampling of short plays, visual essays, film excerpts, poetry, fiction by never-before-published authors, and regular series like "Modern Artifacts," for which undiscovered treasures from the Museum of Modern Art Archives are reproduced in facsimile, each issue concludes with a themed audio CD that includes music from a range of musical contributors, from contemporary composers like Anthony Cheung to independent bands such as Grizzly Bear, commissioned according to a particular theme. For more information, visit the Esopus website, call 212-473-0919, or send an email inquiry to

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Esopus Space and Esopus magazine are programs of The Esopus Foundation Ltd., a nonprofit organization whose supporters include The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, The Strypemonde Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, The Fifth Floor Foundation, and a number of other institutional and private donors.
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