THE 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION of A BOOK ABOUT DEATH – THE LAST WALTZ is the first exhibition in the Islip Art Museum's history to garner such wide acclaim and attention on the international stage.
This show is currently included in or under preparation to go to the permanent collections of more than a dozen museums all over the world.
In September 2019, THE 10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION of A BOOK ABOUT DEATH – THE LAST WALTZ honored two artists and their global art movement: Ray Johnson, the Father of Mail Art, who created a Mail Art network that ultimately reached further and deeper than he could ever have imagined, and Matthew Rose, who began the worldwide ABAD Project phenomenon in 2009.
This multimedia show also celebrated the thousands of international artists who have been brought together by this project over the past 10 years, and the creative bonds and mutual understanding that this project has spawned across the world.
A BOOK ABOUT DEATH Project takes its inspiration from the late, underground American artist Ray Johnson (1927 - 1995). Johnson’s unbound “book” of the same title was mailed to his New York Correspondence School “students” and included pages in his idiosyncratic style that were funny, sad and ironic “one-page essays” on death.
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These International Museums are scheduled to receive The 10th Anniversary Edition of A Book About Death - The Last Waltz into their Permanent Collections:
The Musee de la Poste in Paris, France
The MoMA NY
ARTPOOL, Budapest, Hungary
The Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
The Fluxus West Archive, St. Louis, MO
B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, LIU, Brookville, NY
Through the efforts of ABAD Artist Chuck Welch:
The Archives of American Art at the Smothsonian Institution, Washington DC
The Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Arts Archive of the University of Iowa
The Waskomium, Burlington, VT
Through the efforts of ABAD Artist Ania Gilmore:
The Book Art Museum, Lodz, Poland
Through the efforts of ABAD Artist Wolfgang Faller:
Museum fur Kommunikation, Berlin, Germany
Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany
Museum fur Kommunikation, Bern, Switzerland
There has been interest from the Moscow Museum in Russia and the Karuizawa New Art Museum in Japan.
The show will also be exhibited at Dame Mailarta's Mailmania show in Canada, Fall 2020.