TO DO: ALPHABETS AND BIRTHDAYS was written
in 1940 as a children’s book. It was not published until 1957, as part of a compilation of unpublished writings, and it has never been published as an illustrated edition (which is what Stein originally envisioned). Yale University Press asked me to do just that.
I made 26 paintings, one for each letter of the alphabet to illustrate stein’s dreamlike writing. It will be released this may to coincide with a traveling exhibit of the Stein art collection to be at san francisco museum of modern art, Grand Palais, Paris and the metropolitan in new york.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Grand Palais, Paris
(October 2011 – January 2012 )
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(February 2012 – June 2012)