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LATE START FOR MARDI GRAS began in 2019 with a 200-page printout of one of  M. Blagg’s 2011 manuscripts, randomly stitched onto raw canvas by J. Huminska, and tacked to his studio walls for further editing and redaction while he convalesced from a tick-borne illness. 

These ‘text-canvases’, ranged in size from 12”x 60” to 48”x 72”, each comprising anywhere from 4 to 16 pages of text. With a couple dozen of these ‘ready-mades’ on hand, Blagg began inviting artists to collaborate. They chose their piece by title or text, working directly on the canvas or in some cases creating an entirely new piece. The project took its name from the first piece that was completed by Walter Robinson, entitled LATE START FOR MARDI GRAS.

LSFMG culminated in 21 poems and 21 artworks, as well as this SIGNED 7 volume series of booklets which features the work of 3 artists per volume, as well as the corresponding poems. There are 9 box sets available for purchase through Shallow Books, for more info email [email protected]

These individually red thread stitched booklets are presented in a hand assembled box as a numbered set, in an edition of 45 signed copies + 5 artist proofs, and signed by Max Blagg and each of these collaborating artists:

Golnar Adili, Ellen Berkenblit, Ernesto Caivano, Michael Combs,  Peter Dayton, Sally Egbert, Eric Fischl, James Gilroy, Nan Goldin, Michael Halsband,  Curtis Kulig,  Justen Ladda,  Ruth Marten, Jamie Nares, Walter Robinson, Nick Rule, Will Ryman, Ken Tisa, Walter Schrank, Ryan Wallace and Lucy Winton.

Each artist received 1 signed box for their participation, as well as 2 booklets of the volume in which their piece is featured. A private ceremonial hand-off of the box sets to participating artists was held at La Esquina on March 26, 2024, leaving 12 box sets available for private sale .  

The box set price will increase as availability decreases.

The attached selection of images provide a glimpse of series. 

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