Since the incorporation of the Esopus Foundation Ltd. in 2003, we have asked contemporary artists to create limited editions that we offer in exchange for donations. Revenue from these artworks allows us to continue our mission of providing an unmediated, accessible forum for artists and the general public.

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The Esopus Foundation is excited to announce that for its Fall 2017 limited edition, every Esopus Premium subscriber will receive a one-of-a-kind artwork—an original painting by the celebrated Brooklyn-based artist Steve Keene.

Keene's paintings will incorporate a variety of subject matter, including the Esopus Creek in upstate New York, historical artworks, still lifes, and portraits, and each unique artwork—which will share the dimensions of an issue of Esopus (9 x 11.5 inches)—will be shipped to Premium subscribers in late October.

Dubbed alternatively a "conceptual folk artist," "the Grandma Moses of Brooklyn," or "an assembly-line Picasso" (by Time magazine), Steve Keene has sold or given away approximately 300,000 artworks, making him quite possibly the most prolific artist in the world. While he may be best-known for the iconic album covers he's created for alternative rock acts such as Pavement, Silver Jews, The Apples in Stereo, Soul Coughing, and The Klezmatics, his work—which he thinks of as an "endless painting with no boundaries"—can also be found in a number of private and public collections. Keene creates hand-painted multiples in his Greenpoint studio inside "the cage"—a large rectangle of tornado fencing he covers with pieces of plywood. He works in an intense, meditative process that is part performance art, part endurance contest, moving down each row and adding one paint color to each plywood canvas until he reaches the end. He then returns to the beginning, continuing to paint with a range of different colors until the artworks are completed. 

Keene will begin the painting process in late September; the edition size will be determined by the number of current Premium subscribers on October 1, 2017. Esopus Premium subscriptions start at $75.

To subscribe, visit Esopus's online store. To check the status of your current subscription, click here and log in to your account. And if you already hold a current Basic subscription to Esopus but would like to upgrade it in order to receive this edition, you can do so here.


Steve Keene, who earned his M.F.A. from Yale University, works in several media, including hand-painted multiples, wood sculpture, and tattooed plywood. His artworks have been exhibited in numerous venues, including Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects (Los Angeles), the Goethe Institute (Washington, DC), The Museum Ludwig (Cologne, Germany), The Santa Monica Museum of Art (Los Angeles), The Tanks (Cairns, Australia), Moore College of Art (Philadelphia), and, earlier this year, in the Viewing Room at Marlborough Contemporary, Chelsea (New York) in a highly regarded show curated by Leo Fitzpatrick. In the summer of 2014, Keene was Artist In Residence for The Brooklyn Public Library, gaining recognition for his first official New York City show by performing a live painting exhibition on The Central Library Plaza, three days per week for over three months. Keene has been covered by National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Spin, and Filter, among many other media outlets. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams named June 14, 2014 "Steve Keene Day" throughout the City of Brooklyn, where Keene lives and works.