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Six yeas after Frances Stark made her special artist book for Parkett (no. 93/ 2013, image 4 &5 & sketch image 6), the artist made a large painting of the project entitled "A book object made for Parkett called 'Dishonest But Appealing'" (image 1-3/acrylic, gold leaf, gesso, on canvas, 145x112cm, 2019).

The painting was part of an exhibition entitled "lonely and abandoned on the marked place" at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, in 2019. The show included other paintings by Frances Stark on reading and writing on James Baldwin, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Ruscha, Edward Said, Neil Postman, Gore Vidal and others.

“The work of artist and writer Frances Stark often centers on an exploration of language and the written word, translating the process of writing or creating art into visual form. Working in multiple media, from works on paper to performance, Stark examines what she describes as "the conditions of creative labor," highlighting the aspects of artistic production that are less frequently acknowledged… Her elaborate book object for Parkett “Dishonest but Appealing” mimicks with its title page the picaresque novel, a genre of prose fiction featuring adventures of roguish heroes or heroines. The book object comes with a custom made hidden chamber between the pages to stash away secret things.” -Artspace