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.
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I've been invited to an artist residency in Italy for the month of September,
2016, by the
Associazione Culturale SabinARTi. I'll be creating an altered book
project about the lives of older residents of this small town in the Sabina  
region culminating in an exhibition there.
I'm pleased to have been invited to present my work in artists books at the
22nd NJ Book Artists Symposium
"From Here to There: Concept and Technique in Artists Books"
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
November 4, 2016  
I have a piece in the show
"Interrupted"
which addresses the concept of loss and longing within our lives.
Ashland University, Coburn Gallery, Ashland, OH
September 1 - 25, 2016







"Missing in America 3"
My work "One Vacancy" will be on exhibit in
“POLITICO: Art & The Humanities”
The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC, South Orange, NJ
September 8 - December 8, 2016
"Missing in America 3" will also be in the exhibit
"Art VOTES: Visualizing the Democratic Process”
at Bergen Gallery, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
September 20 -
November 10, 2016
Opening reception: September 27, 6 - 8 pm
Detail, "One Vacancy," a group of six
lithographs with pencil and erasures
on the subject of inequality,
incorporating a quote from a Horatio
Alger novel: "50 applications when
there was one vacancy."