Aileen Bassis
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“Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here,” a really wonderful project created by poet
Beau Beausoleil, is an exhibition of 261 artist books made by 260 international
artists/artist teams from 24 countries. These books were made to reflect upon
the March 5, 2007 car-bomb attack that took place in Al-Mutanabbi Street, the
ancient street of booksellers, poets and writers, located at the literary and
cultural heart of Baghdad, Iraq. The collection of artists’ books reflects both the
targeted attack on this street of the booksellers as well as the ultimate futility of
those who try to erase thought. This project is both a lament and a
commemoration of the singular power of words.  
More info about this project is posted here.
One of my books is on exhibit at Redland Museum, Queensland, Australia, in:
"Personal Histories - International Artist Book Exhibition"
October 12 - November 30, 2014
I'm showing a photo-collage and altered books at
Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ in the exhibition
"From There to Here: Migration and Immigration"
September 2 - December 24, 2014
Detail, "What Was," a
photo-collage using replies
from different immigrants
about what they miss about
their homeland.
I'm pleased to be invited to be on an artists' panel November 17 as part of a
symposium about this project at the Univ. of Indiana, Indianapolis.
I'm very pleased to be in a three-artist exhibition at
The Art Gallery of Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY:
"conTEXT: Language as Medium and Message in Contemporary Art"
October 15 - November 12, 2014
Open Monday - Friday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on days classes are in session.
Along with Golnar Adili and Erik den Breejen, I'm showing a variety of work:
from book arts made back in 2004 about immigrants, to just-finished collages
and prints about income inequality.
Homilies for the
99%", collage with
prints, 16 x 16"
My work will be included in the Arts Guild New Jersey, Rahway, exhibition
an exhibit of work by artists using newspaper-related imagery.
November 23 - December 18, 2014
Opening reception Sunday, November 23, 1 pm - 4 pm
My work will be on display at the
Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, 180 Grand St., Jersey City, NJ, in
October 30 - November 30, 2014
Open Thursdays and Fridays 4 - 7 pm; Saturdays and Sundays 2 - 6 pm
"Nederlands #2" unique
artist's book of lithographs
using photos taken in the
Netherlands, and text
from newspapers, all
purchased in Amsterdam,
in many languages,.