Since 2003, the magazine Esopus, based in New York City, has published a distinctive cross-section of content from a range of creative disciplines, presented in a striking visual format. Named by its founding editor Tod Lippy after a pristine creek in in the Catskills, Esopus has distinguished itself by its refusal of advertising and its mission to provide an unmediated experience with art, photography, literature, music, history, and broader streams of culture. As a physically created object intended to be handled by readers, Esopus takes a decidedly sculptural approach to paper and the magazine as genre and medium.
The result has been a publication that The New York Times has called “a thing of lavish, eccentric beauty.” From the beginning, established and emerging artists alike have contributed and created special projects for the magazine. Artists featured in the first ten years of Esopus have included John Baldessari, Barbara Bloom, Mark Dion, Robert Gober, Kerry James Marshall, Roxy Paine, Judy Pfaff, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Alyson Shotz, Robert Therrien, and Richard Tuttle, whose projects have taken the form of removable posters, booklets, foldouts, and hand-assembled sculptures, and have often utilized complex printing processes, unique paper stocks, and specially formulated inks. The current issue includes a project by Paper into Sculpture artist Marco Maggi.
Issues of Esopus have been generously donated to the Nasher Sculpture Center by Marion Flores in memory of her husband Nash Flores.