AXP Capsule Collections

AXP Curator Choice is an important global initiative by special invitation only for international curators from around the world to create new and innovatiive artist jigsaw puzzles into a AXP Capsule Collection with our company to continue our mission for COVID19 and Artist Relief during the pandemic and beyond.

AXP in addition creates special seasonal AXP Capsule Collections in dedication, celebration and in collaboation with museums, non-profits and chartiable organizations worldwide to raise awareness of Artist Relief and other important causes affecting the world today. 


SEPTEMBER 2020 | ARTXPUZZLES: PUZZLES WITH PURPOSE selected contemporary curator Alaina Simone for a select Curators Choice section, which is a global initiative by special invitation only for international curators from around the world to create new and innovatiive artist jigsaw puzzles with our company.

Ms. Simone has selected contemporary artists Alternonce Gumby, (Bronx NYC)  Helina Metaferia, (Washington DC) Kharis Kennedy (California) Barbara Nessim (NYC) and Yashua Klos (Chicago-NYC).



The first jigsaw puzzle was a map to teach geographical borders visually.  During an unprecedented time in our history, where physical doors and geographical borders have closed due to the Coronavirus, we've used technology to create new and innovative ways of engaging socially. Art x Puzzle: Puzzle With A Purpose is an opportunity to not only directly raise support for organizations that are making our society healthier but equally expand awareness and encourage engagement with artists who use their art practice as a "catalyst for change".   

Their work reflects autobiographical themes around form, color and symbolism to investigate abstracted depictions of identity, race, class and history in the United States and the world at-large.

The process and research-based intergenerational artists featured in this selection are working across mediums and disciplines. Their work references autobiographical themes to create "new ways of seeing" and considers their local communities that inform their respective art practices. Alteronce Gumby has childhood memories of growing up in Harrisburg, PA and afternoons spent working on jigsaw puzzles with his grandmother; he uses his hands to construct his paintings like a jigsaw puzzle allowing him to shape spaces of light to create hues and shapes that offer him a space of freedom.  Helina Metaferia is a first-generation Ethiopian-American, and she incorporates written and oral documentation to portray her interest in art as activism; she collages images of her own body as well as the bodies of her community to activate her work through action.  Kharis Kennedy was born in Los Angeles, CA and grew up all over the world; she uses her body and sources images from her island-based community in the Virgin Islands as sites of knowledge to reveal her innermost truths about privilege and society's obsession with consumption, consumerism and self-indulgence. Yashua Klos explores his autobiographical memories of growing up with a single mother on Chicago's South Side; he challenges signs of marginalization, male blackness and urban mythology. As a lifelong New Yorker, Barbara Nessim's work portrays her community, growing up in the Bronx to reflect ideas around migration, immigration, integration and population growth. Equally, these artists are active in their local communities and spend time developing community based initiatives to promote ideas around art and activism.  

Alaina Simone: Curatorial Statement  

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DECEMBER 2020 | JANUARY 2021 | ARTXPUZZLES: PUZZLES WITH PURPOSE selected contemporary curator Christopher Eamon for a select Curators Choice section, which is a global initiative by special invitation only for international curators from around the world to create new and innovative artist jigsaw puzzles with our company.

Mr. Eamon has selected contemporary artists Jennifer Coates, (New York, NY and Lakewood PA)  Wanda Koop, (Winnipeg, Manitoba) Anna Ostoya, (New York, NY) Mai Thu Perret, (Geneva, Switzerland), Joan Jonas (New York and Cape Brenton,NS ) and Richard Storms (Toronto, Ontario).



Being “spotlight curator” is in some ways similar to organizing an exhibition. Selecting and grouping always highlights artworks and artists—spotlighting is one of the effects of exhibition making. Another is the hope that selected works will resonate with one other, hopefully creating new linkages among them. In this case, it’s a pleasure to highlight younger and older artists, lesser-known and well-known artists. Oftentimes a set of parameters is laid out, a rubric or context within which a curator works to fill out or populate an exhibition. Here, the context is the fundraiser Puzzles with Purpose. The works are multiples, which will be sold separately with proceeds going to good causes during this time of pandemic, struggle and hopefully change. So, my spotlight will not operate exactly like an exhibition; it will simply highlight.

Since our multiples come in the form of puzzles, puzzling—the act of piecing together a puzzle—is a major part of the context for this project. Puzzlers puzzle. They pay special attention to multiple fragments and put them together with a view to the whole. For hours and days at time, a puzzler might stare and stare at pieces and the two-dimensional representation they attempt to match. It requires an attenuated attention to form, color and image. In reconstructing the work of art, the puzzler mirrors the act of artistic creation. Most artists would be very pleased if viewers of public exhibitions would pay as much attention. Artists very often seek ‘to puzzle’ in another sense. They seek to perplex, or perhaps confuse, in the hope that viewers will take the time to investigate, analyze and put the work together for themselves. Much like the act of creation, the act of puzzling reflects the process of discovery in reverse, working from the parts to recreate a pre-existing original. In light of this compelling context, I chose five works by five artists for this project that are not only perplexing works of art (in a good way), but also visually seductive ones. I am grateful to all the artists who agreed to participate in this innovative project. Curatorial Statement: Christopher Eamon

Biography: Christopher Eamon is an independent curator and writer. He has curated notable exhibitions at museums and galleries internationally including at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin; MoMA PS1, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Aspen Art Museum. In 2011, he curated Rearview Mirror: New Art from Central and Eastern Europe for The Power Plant, Toronto, and the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton. His publications include Anthony McCall: the Solid Light Films and Related Works (Northwestern University Press, Evanston, IL, and Steidl, Germany, 2005); writings on film and video art from 1950 to 1980 in Film and Video Art (Tate Publishing, 2009); and he is the co-editor, with Stan Douglas, of Art of Projection (Hatje Cantz, 2009), an anthology on the history and significance of projected images from the eighteenth century to the present. He was formerly the assistant Curator of Film and Video at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Adjunct Professor in the History of Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. 


FEBRUARY 2021 | MARCH 2021 ARTXPUZZLES: PUZZLES WITH PURPOSE selected contemporary curator Megan Connolly for a select Curators Choice section, which is a global initiative by special invitation only for international curators from around the world to create new and innovatiive artist jigsaw puzzles with our company.

Ms. Connolly has selected contemporary artists Cai Zebin (Guangdong Province, Mainland China), Leelee Chan (Hong Kong), Pixy Liao (Brooklyn, New York), Curtis Talwst Santiago (Munich, Germany), Orkideh Torabi (Chicago, Illinois) and Adrian Wong (Chicago, Illinois).


I immediately gravitated to themes of ‘love,’ ‘equality,’ and ‘new beginnings’ when Art x Puzzles invited me to curate a special collection of ‘Puzzles with Purpose.’ In addition to February’s importance as Black History month and the host of Valentine’s Day, February is also the beginning of a new lunar calendar in the Chinese cosmological tradition (also known as Chinese New Year). Families typically celebrate by gathering together to feast and relax, although 2021 is not a typical year for in-person festivities. 

I selected six artists with diverse creative practices and backgrounds to highlight the universal importance of self-care and self-love as tools to help heal our collective spirits and to look towards the future. I worked with each artist remotely as we have all been doing since the pandemic started. Self-care and comfort have become even more essential during the quarantine. Each work in this capsule collection alludes to self-care and comfort during a time when so many around the world are suffering. 

Although we cannot gather in ‘real time’ to celebrate the start of a new year, we can stay connected virtually by exercising our minds and our hands as we puzzle together. I hope that puzzlers find joy, inspiration, and inner peace as they join the separate pieces to become a whole.

I would like to thank the artists Cai Zebin, Leelee Chan, Pixy Liao, Curtis Talwst Santiago, and Adrian Wong for joining me on this journey. I also extend a special thanks to Art x Puzzles for giving us the opportunity to stay connected and hopeful as we collaborate on these special projects.                              Curatorial Statement: Megan Connolly

Biography: Megan Connolly is a contemporary art advisor, curator, and lecturer who has spent the past 20 years living and working between Asia and the USA. Her professional focus includes global contemporary art, emerging art markets, client strategy, art advisory, and specially designed events and curated art experiences. Born in New York City to parents with a passion for art and culture, Megan’s love for contemporary art began at home. With a degree from Smith College in East Asian Studies and Art History, she relocated to Beijing in 2002 to immerse herself in Chinese contemporary art. She later graduated from The Johns Hopkins-Nanjing Center with a concentration in International Relations. In 2008, Megan established ChART Contemporary with the mission of bringing together art and people. Although initially established in China, ChART is actively involved with diverse art projects around the world. ChART Contemporary Art Advisor Reboot: Relocates to New City | Slow and Sustain


COMING SOON! SPRING 2021 |  ARTXPUZZLES: PUZZLES WITH PURPOSE selected contemporary curator Omar Lopez-Chahoud for a select Curators Choice section, which is a global initiative by special invitation only for international curators from around the world to create new and innovative artist jigsaw puzzles with our company.

Mr. Lopez-Chahoud has selected contemporary artists to be announced.

Biography: Omar Lopez-Chahoud has been the Artistic Director and Curator of UNTITLED since its founding in 2012 and continues to lead the curatorial team of UNTITLED for their 10th Anniversary in 2021. As an independent curator, López-Chahoud has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally such as Nicaraguan Biennial in March 2014. López-Chahoud has participated in curatorial panel discussions at Artists’ Space, Art in General, MoMA PS1, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He is currently a member of the Bronx Museum Acquisitions Committee. López-Chahoud earned MFAs from Yale University School of Art, and the Royal Academy of Art in London.

As an independent curator, exhibitions include: "NY/Prague6," at Futura Contemporary Art Center, Prague, Czech Republic; co- curated "Lush Life," which spanned nine galleries in New York, NY: Salon 94, Invisible Exports, Lehmann Maupin, Eleven Rivington, On Stellar Rays, Y gallery, Scaramouche, Sue Scott Gallery, and Collette Blanchard Gallery; and "The Pipe and the Flow," at Espacio Minimo in Madrid, Spain. He has written essays for several publications including the catalogues for Dynasty (2006) and Rewind/Re- Cast/Review (2005). Lopez-Chahoud has participated in curatorial panel discussions at Artists' Space, Art in General, MoMA PS1, and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, and was a guest critic at Art Omi in 2007. 



AXP launches our new Summer AXP Capsule Collection dedicated in memory to art critic/art historian Barbara Rose which is part of our ongoing AXP Capsule Collection Series. Our 2021 Global Curator Choice initiative by special invitation selected eight contemporary artists who were close personal friends of Ms. Barbara Rose during her career and lifetime. 

Rachel Vancelette founder of AXP invited select contemporary artists Rosella Vasta (Italy), Carolyn Blackwood (USA) Arturo Casanova (Italy), Don Kimes (USA) Juan Garaizabal (Spain) Nino Longobardi (Italy) Paul Manes (USA) and Bruno Ceccobelli (Italy).

The international selection of contemporary artists were each close personal artist friends of Ms. Rose. The art critic and art historian, well known for her continued support and close friendship with many known contemporary artists throughout the decades, continued to correspond, travel and make multiple art studio visits with all of these select contemporary artists. This AXP Capsule Collection is a rare insider view and specifically curated to help present an important personal tribute for Ms. Rose from the voices of artists themselves. 

Each unique Collector Edition is set in dedication to help support the Barbara Rose Film Archive and presents selected artwork that will continue to help shine a light on her important legacy and lifetime of dedicated work in the contemporary arts. 

~Celebrating the life and legacy of Barbara Rose~

Barbara Ellen Rose (June 11, 1936-December 25, 2020 

Barbara Rose in 1982 by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Barbara Rose was an American art historianart critic, curator and college professor. Rose's criticism focused on 20th-century American art, particularly minimalism and abstract expressionism, as well as Spanish art. "ABC Art", her influential 1965 essay, defined and outlined the historical basis of minimalist art. She also wrote a widely used textbook, American Art Since 1900: A Critical History.

AXP Capsule Collection with the “Puzzles with Purpose" initiative helps to raise funds in support of the Barbara Rose Film Archive. The artists’ archival donations and contributions include personal materials with Ms. Rose from their artist studios and time with the critic. Their contributions present a variety of rare items/research material such as film clips, interviews/articles, personal writings, letters, photographs, recordings and more.

The artists’ collaborative efforts will be set for donation to select institutions such as the Getty Institutional Archive. The Getty Archive currently holds important papers and writings by Ms. Rose which she donated during her lifetime. Rose donated important papers and multiple tape recordings of rare artist interviews in support of continued education in the contemporary arts. 

Among this special AXP Capsule Collection, one will find personal and powerful tributes from all of the artists in the forms of artworks, writings, personal images, ‘inside the studio’ photographs, personal stories, home videos and a very special Collector Edition created in personal tribute and memory of Ms. Barbara Rose. Stay tuned for more updates in June 2021.