Live Life to the Fullest, 2019
Edition of 20 + 4 AP
Archival pigment print
44.5 x 31.5 cm
Special thanks to Gordon Robichaux, NY
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About the artist
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, New Museum, Shoot the Lobster, White Columns, Artists Space, ICA Boston, Herald St and White Cube. 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.
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.)
Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.
We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.
The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.