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Object Lesson #5: Removable booklet

Esopus 6 (Spring 2006)

Alex Shear’s Object Lesson #5

By Alex Shear

Regular contributor Alex Shear approaches the “process” theme from an oblique angle, offering readers yet another memorable keepsake from his unparalleled collection of Americana.

Alex Shear has compiled a collection of over 100,000 20th-century pop-culture artifacts in his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In the ‘70s, Shear was a highly successful designer of housewares and clothing; since 1990, he has focused exclusively on acquisition, and objects from his collection have been featured in exhibitions at Manhattan’s Children’s Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, among others.