Editions Fawbush was established in 1997 by Thomas Jones and Russell Calabrese. Its namesake, Joe Fawbush, began publishing and exhibiting prints in 1985. Among the earliest Fawbush projects was the first print by Kiki Smith, Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law, 1985, as well as work by Joan Nelson, Donald Sultan, Michael Hurson, Michael Mazur and Katherine Porter. Soon after, he and Jones opened Fawbush Gallery, at which point they began exhibiting unique work by many of the artists they had published. They also began establishing the careers of a younger generation of artists, among them Karin Davie, Christian Marclay and Elliot Green. The gallery closed after Joe's death in 1995, but a new publishing venture was borne from that history. Since 1997 Editions Fawbush has published prints and sculptural work with a growing list of established artists as well as new work by the gallery's original roster. Many younger artists, whose artistic lineage embraces elements of Conceptual and Minimal Art, now compliment this group.
Editions Fawbush projects have been acquired for the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and the New York Public Library, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sand Diego, La Jolla, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; the Smith College Museum of Art, North Hampton, MA; The Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; and the Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris. Museum venues include the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia; Schaulager, Basel; the Barbican Centre, London, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, the Moderne Museet, Stockholm, the Kunst Werke, Berlin, and the Print Center, Philadelphia, PA. Work has also been included in many of the artist's gallery exhibitions.