Tabboo! (Stephen Tashjian, Born 1959 in Leicester, MA) has exhibited his work extensively including at Gordon Robichaux, Howl! Happening, Participant Inc, Matthew Marks, Paul 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; ICA Boston; 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 included in the permanent collection. In 2019, Tabboo!’s work will be featured in a three-person exhibition at Herald Street in London.
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), illustrations 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 (Fiorucci, Willi Wear, Marc Jacobs, Supreme). 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 Jacob's Fall collection was profiled in Harper’s Bazaar and Le Monde. Tabboo!’s work was reviewed in numerous publications including Artforum, The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Financial Times, Cultured Magazine and 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.)