Kim Abeles • Photo credit Wild Don Lewis

Link to books and publications

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Kim Abeles, William Fox, Jennifer Frias, Rachel Kaufman, and Karen Moss, Authors, Kim Abeles: Smog Collectors, 1987-2020, College of the Arts California State University Fullerton (2021). The book in print is available through Amazon and

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Kim Abeles: Social Furniture (1976 - 2023).
Poetry by Sesshu Foster, Beverly Lafontaine, and Taylor Graham. An introduction by Mika Cho, Curator and Director of the Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery California State University, Los Angeles. Essays by Shana Nys Dambrot and Peter Frank. Book design by James P. Scott.
Link to pdf of the book. Printed copies are available for purchase.

Abeles, Karen Moss, and Susan Silton, Kim Abeles: Encyclopedia Persona A-Z, A 15-Year Survey, English edition by Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1993) Editions in Spanish and Portuguese published by the United States Information Agency - USIA (1996)

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Lucinda Barnes, editor, Kim Abeles, A.R.T. Press, Los Angeles (1989) Essay by Patterson Sims; Interviewed by Michael McMillan  - Link is forthcoming

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Michele Ellis Pracy, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Kim Abeles: A Survey, Fresno Art Museum (2022) Essay by Marlena Doktorczyk-Donohue

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Mapping Space, Time, and Narrative - Selected Artworks by Kim Abeles (2009)

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Talking Air, an activity book about air pollution for school age kids and families (1993/2017)

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Environmental Activity Book, art/science projects for kids and adults to discuss water, air pollution, recycling, and consumption. Funded by the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department (1996)

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Crafts Cookery and Country Living, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York (1976)

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Kindness Finger Puzzle
Kindness Finger Puzzle

Here I am—Aquí estoy, an activity book for families at T.H.E. Clinic in Los Angeles, and Health Cards. Funded by Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Good Works Foundation, and the Green Foundation (2011) - Links to selected pages follow

          Kindness Finger Puzzle you can download

          Instructions for Kindness Finger Puzzle

          Decoding Food

          Coloring book page about eating salt free

          Honoring your Super Powers - with inspiration from artist Nathalie Sanchez's Super Powers community-based project!

          Tips on good nutrition

Lichen Hunt is a pamphlet created to encourage ridership on Bus Route 206 in Boulder, Colorado. And, Particulates, is a book about the Smog Collector project with 80 middle schoolers. These were created for the Abeles project, the interconnectedness of things, commissioned by EcoArts Connections, and in collaboration with atmospheric scientists, emissions specialists, lichenologists, transportation professionals, middle and high school students. Collaborating organizations included Envirotest – Air Care Colorado, Manhattan Middle School, and Spark: UCAR: Science Education at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (2012).

    Link to Lichen Hunt pamphlet

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Link to projects

  • Public Service videos on mental health commissioned by LA Freeways program, Out the Window. Kim Abeles and Ken Marchionno along with students from Dorsey High School created five PSAs that are on view at clinics and other public venues. Funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Weave a Life

Be Different

Greater Together 

Look and Listen

Better Together

  • Luckman Program artist Kim Abeles with Cal State LA students

Website for GALLERY-OF-SOLUTIONS: Artists Respond to Human Behavior and the Environment, the 2015 Luckman Project with Abeles and the Art Department of Cal State LA

Catalogue for GALLERY-OF-SOLUTIONS: Artists Respond to Human Behavior and the Environment (2015)


  • World News: Artists Respond to World Events

1992 catalogue for World News: Artists Respond to World Events that was updated in 2015

1991 World News: Artists Respond to World Events was originally a xerox book in the edition of 100

Link to web-based projects

Abeles' web project:

Equidistant, a 1996 interactive mapping of Los Angeles, by Abeles in collaboration with

The Golden Mile is a 120-foot long photographic installation showing the entire main street of West Bromwich in the West Midlands, UK. The work shows both the east and west sides of the street and is a composite of 1506 images taken during four seasons of 2003, 2006, and 2009. The project was funded by The Public, West Midlands, and Arts Council England. It was exhibited at The Public, West Bromich; Yucun Art Museum, Suzhou, China; Syo Gallery, Daegu, South Korea; Torrance Museum, CA; Long Beach City College Art Gallery, CA