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ESOPUS and Marco Maggi present “Drawing Set”

The nonprofits arts publication ESOPUS strives to break down barriers and encourage interaction between artists and the public whenever possible. For ESOPUS 24, currently on newsstands—and available at every branch of the New York Public Library thanks to the generosity of an ESOPUS donor—artist Marco Maggi created "Drawing Set," a fascinating artist’s project consisting of a sheet of tiny, customized decals designed by Maggi along with a removable blank page. He has asked readers to create artworks with the tools he’s provided and send them to the publication. He and ESOPUS will curate an exhibition of these submitted works in the Little Underground Gallery at the Jefferson Market Library that runs from September 5th to October 2nd.

Maggi will be present for an opening reception on Tuesday, September 5th, from 6 to 8pm.


Called “a thing of lavish, eccentric beauty” by The New York Times, ESOPUS has garnered critical praise and a fervent following for its unfiltered, dynamic presentation of a wide range of creative expression since its founding by Tod Lippy in 2003. Past issues have featured projects by prominent contemporary artists, including Jenny Holzer, John Baldessari, Marilyn Minter and Kerry James Marshall; themed CDs of brand-new music contributed by the likes of Grizzly Bear, Jens Lekman and Low; and fiction, poetry, filmmaking, playwriting and art from hundreds of emerging and established voices, ranging from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner to dance choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. The annual publication, which counts subscribers in all 50 states and 27 countries, was founded with the goal of providing an unmediated space for a wide variety of creative disciplines, and as a result never includes commercially driven editorial content or advertisements. Single issues of ESOPUS are offered at a subsidized cover price in order to make the magazine available to a wider audience, and copies of ESOPUS 24, which also features the inaugural installment of “Public Access,” a new series featuring archival material from the New York Public Library’s research collections, have been donated to every branch of the Library, including Tompkins Square.

About Marco Maggi

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1957, Marco Maggi lives and works in New Paltz, New York, and Montevideo. His work, which incorporates common materials such as office paper and aluminum foil, has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo. He has participated in the 25th São Paulo Biennial (2002); the Fifth Gwangju Biennial, Korea (2004); and most recently in the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), where his macro-installation Global Myopia was installed in the Uruguay National Pavilion. Maggi’s artwork is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; among many others. He is represented by Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York.

September 5th, 2017 - October 2nd, 2017 Jefferson Market Library