.a book about death, wales.


ten years


It’s official –  10th Anniversary (and possibly final) Edition of ABAD Exhibition on Long Island, NY in 2019. The Islip Art Museum in East Islip, NY will host, and the show rav from September 14 – November 2, 2019.

This is done in honor of Ray Johnson, who created a Mail Art network that ultimately reached further and deeper than he could ever have imagined. 

This is done in honor of Matthew Rose, who began the worldwide ABAD Project phenomenon in 2009. 

This is done in order to grow our international ABAD family and foster creative bonds and understanding across the world. 

The 10th Anniversary Edition of A Book About Death




The Royal Cambrian Academy , Conwy,  Wales                                                         
Academi Frenhinol Gymreig

 A Book About Death 2014


book of death


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


A Book About Death 2010

MOMA Wales. Y Tabernacle, Machynlleth

Curated by Sonje Benskin Mesher RCA


Currently, the collection is archived at five famous museums including The Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Arts Archive of the University of Iowa, The Book Art Museum in Lodz, Poland, The Waskomium in Burlington, Vt. and at its original home, the Islip Art Museum at 50 Irish Lane.

But those five locations aren’t the only ones scheduled to receive copies of the book and its exhibit. Six other museums around the globe, from the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan to the Museum Schloss Moyland in Bedburg-Hau Germany, have inquired about the project.


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.




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