Elisabeth Kley (born 1956 in New York, NY) has presented her ceramics, watercolors, drawings, and prints internationally including solo and two-person exhibitions at South Willard in Los Angeles (with Sanou Oumar; organized by Matt Connors); Window on Broad, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts in Philadelphia; Pierre Marie Giraud in Brussels; GAVLAK in Palm Beach; CANADA, 39 Great Jones (organized by Ugo Rondinone), and Le Petit Versailles in New York; Schema Projects and Momenta Art in Brooklyn; John Tevis Gallery in Paris; and the Georgian National Gallery in Tbilisi. Her two-person and group exhibitions include 56 Henry, Gordon Robichaux, Mitchell Algus Gallery, Orgy Park, Regina Rex, CANADA, Andrew Edlin, Haunch of Venison, and Exit Art in New York; VENUS in Los Angeles; GAVLAK in Los Angeles and Palm Beach; Season in Seattle; Soccer Club Club in Chicago; and anonymous in Mexico City.
Kley’s work has been reviewed and featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Art in America, The Art Newspaper, zingmagazine, Artcritical, The Boston Globe, Time Out, ARTnews, Observer, and Cultured Magazine. She was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1998. In 2019, a monograph on her work was published by CANADA and Pre-Echo Press. She is represented by CANADA.
Tabboo! (Stephen Tashjian, born 1959 in Leicester, MA) has exhibited his work extensively including at Gordon Robichaux, Participant Inc, Howl! Happening, Matthew Marks, Kasmin Gallery, the New Museum, New York University’s Grey Art Gallery, Shoot the Lobster, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Rental Gallery, White Columns, ABC No Rio, Artists Space, Tom Cugliani, Tricia Collins, Wooster Gardens, Rupert Goldsworthy, and LIMBO in New York; GAVLAK in Los Angeles; the Cincinnati Art Museum; NADA Miami and New York; ICA Boston; Herald St and White Cube in London; Colette in Paris; and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In 2017, a group of his works was featured in Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983, an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York where his work is also included in the permanent collection.
Tabboo! has performed extensively, created murals for public projects, designed flyers, album covers, and ephemera (Wigstock, Deee-Lite, Book of Love, Rufus Wainwright, Printed Matter), He’s illustrated for major publications (French Vogue, Italian Vogue, M, Le Magazine du Monde, Interview, Paper, Penguin Paperbacks’ The Naked Civil Servant by Quentin Crisp), flyers and posters for underground venues (Club 57, the Pyramid Club), and collaborated with fashion designers (Marc Jacobs, Supreme, Fiorucci, Willi Wear). He’s been a muse to artists and photographers including Nan Goldin, Ai Weiwei, Steven Klein, Steven Meisel, and Ryan McGinley. In 2016, his celebrated collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Jacobs’s Fall collection was profiled in Harper’s Bazaar and Le Monde. Tabboo!’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications including Artforum, The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York Magazine, the Financial Times, Cultured Magazine, ARTnews, Interview, and the Miami Herald.
Three books dedicated to his art have been published: Pearl: Poems by Vincent Katz, Paintings by Tabboo! (powerhouse Books, 1998), Tabboo! The Art of Stephen Tashjian (Damiani, 2013) and Paintings by Tabboo! (Howl! Archive Publishing Editions, 2016).
Studio Visit with Elisabeth Kley, 2005
Tabboo!'s Hansel & Gretel in the Woods, 2009 (video: Elisabeth Kley)
Garden Elisabeth Kley and Tabboo!
September 22 – November 10, 2019
Gordon Robichaux is pleased to present Garden, a site-specific installation by Elisabeth Kley and Tabboo!. The exhibition is a continuation of the artists’ fifteen-year relationship of shared inspiration and collaboration that includes set design and props for Tabboo!’s stage productions and videos, and photographs of his impromptu performances (shot and edited by Kley between 2004 and 2009) that Kley used as source images for her drawings during that time.
The installation is inspired by the immersive garden environment in Tabboo!’s home-studio, Kley’s engagement with Roman wall painting and interiors, and their shared interest in theater design, still life, and floral and vegetal motifs. The gallery will be transformed into a lush garden with functioning ceramic fountains, stools, and plant pots surrounded by wall murals and paintings of decorative architecture, vegetation, birds, and insects.