Esopus 13 ncludes artists’ projects by Oliver Herring & Peter Krashes, Jeff Gibson, and Mickey Smith, as well as a portfolio of never-before-seen work by the severaly autistic artist Alex Masket. Other contents include manuscript pages from poet Jennifer Moxley’s 2007 memoir The Middle Room, new fiction from Kelly Sandoval, and artifacts from the collection of the late, esteemed rare books librarian Marjorie G. Wynne. Also featured: new installments of two regular Esopus series—”Modern Artifacts,” which reproduces in facsimile materials from the MoMA archives (in this case, documents related to the museum’s first Matisse exhibition), and “Guarded Opinions,” featuring museum guards’ impressions of the art they oversee (for this issue, New Museum guard La’Quasia Risper’ takes on an Urs Fischer sculpture). French historian Stéphane Gerson closes the issue with a fascinating analysis of visual representations of Nostradamus over the past 500 years.
For the issue’s themed CD, 11 musicians (including Laura Gibson, Frightened Rabbit, and Natureboy) were asked to create a new song inspired by one of Nostradamus’s prophecies.
152 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound. Printed in Canada. Published November 2009.