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The Bee Kingdom is several projects in different media drawn from materials left behind by the artist’s grandfather, Egyptian poet, publisher and bee scientist Ahmed Zaky Abushady (1892-1955). Projects include an archive, artworks, and a book in progress.


AZA-Fridon original
Caricature of Abushady (1928), by the Persian Alexandrian artist Mohamed Fridon.

 


Image: Annie and Zaky Abushady (ca.1921), part of a project for ‘Piss and Vinegar (art and ferment)’ at FOODshed, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn (Summer 2014). Curated by Amy Lipton.
Title of installation: Piss & Vinegar (art and ferment)
Date: 2014
Medium: Mixed media installed on a shelf: Two framed limited edition prints; bottled artisanal red wine vinegar with label adaptation of Dr. Abushady’s letterhead; bamboo recipe box containing 4×6 inch photographs documenting The Apis Club (ca.1920s) and vinegar-making process (ca.2013); 10×8″ framed photograph of Zaky and Annie Abushady at The Apis Club ca. 1920. Dimensions: Variable
Title: The Bee Kingdom (boxed set)
Date: 2014
Medium: Mixed media
Dimensions: 6.75″Wx4.75″Dx4.75″H
Teak recipe box containing 4×6 inch photographs documenting Abushady’s Apis Club alternating with home red wine vinegar-making process. White gloves provided for public to thumb through photos.
Title: The Bee Kingdom Red Wine Vinegar.
Date: 2014.
Medium: Mixed media: Artisanal red wine vinegar fermented in small batches by hand in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY. Label adaptation of Dr. Abushady’s letterhead. Dimensions: Variable
Title: The Bee Kingdom Red Wine Vinegar
Date: 2014
Medium: Mixed media: 5 oz bottle lable.Artisanal red wine vinegar fermented in small batches by hand in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY. Label adaptation of Dr. Abushady’s letterhead. Dimensions: Variable
Joy Garnett: Piss & Vinegar (art and ferment) installation view, FOODshed, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY.
FOODshed installation view, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY. Left to right: Joy Garnett. Bonnie Ora Sherk, Peter Nadin. Photo by Etienne Frossard.

 

Vinegar
Image: ‘Piss and Vinegar (art and ferment)’ at FOODshed: Art and Agriculture in Action. An exhibition of upstate/downstate NY artists who work with food and agriculture. Curated by Amy Lipton. CR10 Arts, Linlithgow, NY. August 8 – September 5, 2015. Press

 

Instructions: Red Wine Vinegar “X-tra” from The Bee Kingdom. Layout for an unrealized artists’ recipe book (2015).

 


Two editions of lithographs were produced with BroderPress, NY.

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Title of print: “Caricature of A.Z.Abushady by Mohamed Fridon, 1928
Date: 2014
Medium: Lithography on rag paper
Dimensions: 15 x 11 inches (unframed)
Edition of 25 + 5 A/P

Title of print: “Abushady’s Complete Specification, 1919
Date: 2014
Medium: Lithography on rag paper
Dimensions: 15 x 11 inches (unframed)
Edition of 25 + 5 A/P


Ping Pong composite
“Edham the Atheist” is a condensed excerpt of a chapter from The Bee Kingdom (family memoir/novel) that appears in the October 2015 issue of Ping Pong under “Fiction”: http://www.pingpong.henrymiller.org

 

Wayland Rudd-Frossard
The Wayland Rudd Collection, a project by Yevgeniy Fiks. Winkleman Gallery, New York, January 17 – February 22, 2014. Photography by Etienne Frossard.

Holland Cotter, The New York Times (February 2014): The Wayland Rudd Collection, at Winkleman Gallery PDF

Edham the Orientalist, 2013, oil on birch panel; and Edham the Atheist, 2013, digital prints. The Wayland Rudd Collection, organized by Yevgeniy Fiks. Photo: Etienne Frossard
‘Edham the Orientalist,’ 2013, oil on birch panel; and ‘Edham the Atheist,’ 2013, digital prints. The Wayland Rudd Collection, organized by Yevgeniy Fiks. Photo: Etienne Frossard – more info
Title: Edham the Orientalist (from the painting series Tracing the Covers of Nonexistent Books, 2013-2015).
Date: 2013.
Medium: Oil on birch panel. Dimensions: 16 x 12 inches.
Title: Edham the Atheist (selection of six images from a larger series).
Date: 2013.
Medium: Digital photographs/prints. Dimensions: 33 x 38 inches. (16 1⁄2 x 12 1⁄2 inches each).
Edition of 10, plus 1 AP.
Title: Edham the Atheist (detail).
Date: 2013.
Medium: Digital photograph/print. Dimensions: 16 1⁄2 x 12 1⁄2 inches.
Edition of 10, plus 1 AP.
Title: Edham the Atheist (detail).
Date: 2013.
Medium: Digital photograph/ print. Dimensions: 16 1⁄2 x 12 1⁄2 inches.
Edition of 10, plus 1 AP.

 


Alexandria, 1981
Slice of the Corniche viewed from hotel window. Alexandria, Egypt, July, 1981. Photograph: Joy Garnett.

Immigrant Zero” by Maged Atiya (March 29, 2015) commemorates the anniversary of A.Z. Abushady’s death (April 12, 1955), and the plight of Egyptian liberal thinkers. Read it on his blog, SalamaMousa: reclaiming Egypt

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