Alan Moore and Marc Miller, ABC No Rio Dinero: The Story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery, 220-Page Book, 1985
ABC No Rio Dinero: The Story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery. Edited by Alan Moore and Marc Miller; design by Keith Christensen; cover by Joseph Nechvatal, 210 pages. Published by ABC No Rio with Collaborative Projects Inc., 1985
Foreward by Lucy Lippard and Preface by Leonard Abrams.
The pictorial poster, made to promote the book “ABC No Rio Dinero: The Story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery,” includes a list of the artists and writers whose work is included. The poster is available here.
ABC No Rio: The Story of a Lower East Side Gallery tells the story of the first five years of the art space ABC No Rio on the Lower East Side. The first half of the book sets the scene with sections on COLAB, Fashion Moda, The Real Estate Show, and the East Village art and music scene. The pictorial poster, made to promote the book includes a lists the artists and writers whose work is included a framed copy of the poster was in the exhibition Looking at Music: Side 2, Museum of Modern Art, 2009.
The blueprint for the selection of the art and ephemera now featured on the inventory page of the website Gallery 98 is the out-of-print book ABC No Rio Dinero: The Story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery. Published in 1985, the book recounts the history of the politicized alternative art scene that emerged in downtown New York in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It centered on the artist group Collaborative Projects Inc. (Colab) and two alternative art spaces, Fashion Moda in the South Bronx and ABC No Rio on the Lower East Side. This youthful scene launched many successful careers and set the tone for much of the art that followed in the late 1980s and 1990s. With its abundance of images and period articles, The ABC No Rio book, now online at the 98 Bowery website, is the indispensable and much-cited source for information about this key moment in art.