What is ARTLIFE Limited Editions?
In addition to his own works of art, Joe Cardella created and published an extraordinary monthly publication called ARTLIFE Limited Editions. Each month’s issue presented a diverse array of media, including collages, original prints and photos, dimensional objects, poetry and prose from artists across the country and the world. Contributors produced a specified number of original duplicates (up to 200) and then sent them through the mail to Cardella for inclusion.
Two hundred and seventy five editions were published from 1981 to 2006. Each issue is a collection of 30 to 40 pieces of original art, assembled with the help of friends.
Friends and community-making are crucial aspects of ARTLIFE Limited Editions. Professor Emeritus (Cal State Northridge) Robert Chianese writes,
Art historian, Dr. Sophia Kidd, describes the experience:
ARTLIFE Limited Editions has made its way into the collections of renowned museums -- The Getty, New York Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Art -- and in archives, museums and libraries throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. At one time, ARTLIFE was the best selling periodical at the Guggenheim Museum bookstore in Soho, New York.