LA Art Book Fair

A tattoo parlor, Teen Angels, an after party + more at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, Feb 23 – 26

23 February 2017

Printed Matter‘s LA Art Book Fair is on at Los Angeles’ The Geffen Contemporary of MOCA, running February 24 to 26, with an opening preview on February 23.

For its fifth edition the companion event to NY Art Book Fair invites over 250 international presses, booksellers, artists’ merchandise distributors, antiquarians, and independent publishers into its space.

There will be an opening night preview at Geffen with special musical performances by Seth Bogart and Kembra Pfahler & Christian Music from The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, as well as a keynote address by artist, General Idea co-founder and past Printed Matter director AA Bronson called ‘MY LIFE IN BOOKS.

An exhibition of art, issues and other miscellany by the late Teen Angel — the Lowrider artist and writer behind Teen Angels Magazine focusing on life in the streets of the Varrios of California and the Southwest — will be on show, including unpublished, never before-seen original pieces of artwork. 

Gagosian Gallery will present an exhibition as tattoo parlor called FLASH FLASH FLASH, and Slow Culture & Deadbeat Club have a pop-up installation of a vintage drive-thru photo kiosk with 24-hour film developing services called ‘THE FOTOMAT.’ XE(ROX) & PAPER + SCISSORS will be presenting over 100 international artists, zines, and small presses, while some publishers and titles to look out for include Dirty Looks, Hesse PressHonor Fraser, Sternberg Press, an audio project by Linder & Maxwell Sterling at Blum & Poe, Emalin and many more.

The official after party, on February 25, will be at The Regent, and feature performances by SophieYves Tumor, Bill Kouligas, Juliana Huxtable among them. 

See the FB event page for the full programme and more details.**

Image courtesy Maxwell Sterling.
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LA Art Book Fair, Feb 11 – 14

10 February 2016

The fourth LA Art Book Fair presented by Printed Matter will be in the MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary space, opening on February 11 and running February 14.

The fair invites 250 international presses, booksellers, artists’ merchandise distributors, antiquarians, and independent publishers into its space.

Included in the line up are several familiar names such as Semiotext(e), Mousse, Arcadia Missa, Sternberg Press, Onomatopee, Flash Art and Kaleidoscope, as well as others such as Juxtapoz Magazine, Kiosk, Kill Your Idols, Ooga Booga, Le Roy and Glum Magazine.

The LA Art Book Fair opening after party will be held at the Roosevelt Hotel, hosted by 207 projects and featuring SFV Acid, Yung Jake and Never Press on February 11.

Another afterparty on February 13 has an amazing line up and is on at LA’s Resident venue. Printed Matter, How Many Virgins? and Berserktown share the hosting for this one.

Outside the fair’s extensive premise and party is a concurrent event by label Fade To Mind, featuring Jam City, also on February 13.

See the LA Art Book Fair website for more details and full line up of exhibitors.**

Yung Jake, 'Both' (2015). Install view. Courtesy Steven Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles.
Yung Jake, ‘Both’ (2015). Install view. Courtesy Steven Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles.
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Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2015

13 January 2015

Printed Matter‘s third annual LA Art Book Fair is running at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in downtown LA from January 29 to February 1.

As the sunny twin to the bi-annual NY Art Book Fair, the 2015 LA Art Book Fair is opening the weekend with a three-hour preview featuring special musical numbers from No Age and Prince Rama. And running throughout the weekend is (XE)ROX & PAPER + SCISSORS, a “super-sized subsection” of the greater fair, which is bringing in more than 125 artists, zinesters, and small presses for a survey of independent publishing.

Other programmes include: The Classroom, a curated series of workshops, conversations, and readings, as well as the seventh annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference (CABC); “1 Image 1 Minute” which has 50 artists, writers and curators present a single image of their choosing for one minute; and even an exhibition of the great Dorothy Iannone’s artists’ books.

There’s a whole lot more and the LA Art Book Fair FB page has the details. **

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The Red Cartel’s IMPACT book launched

3 February 2014

Officially launched at the LA Art Book Fair just passed, The Red Cartel‘s IMPACT, published by OHWOW, presents a slim cross section of the Internet as you might know it.

It’s announcement comes accompanied by a blurb entitled ‘Open a Window to the Abyss’ that points to the anonymous authors and contributors that make the online network the living, breathing organism of information and mediation that it is. Perhaps rather optimistically citing the space as one where “pirates and anarchists reign supreme and where free speech is absolute” there’s much to look forward to in a book providing an insight into what is at once “a mundane bunch of cables under the ocean” and a cluster of “fully formed societies complete with their own subcultures and their own language, views, and ideals”. Buried under layers of “absurdity, cynicism, and recontextualization”, IMPACT essentially presents a portrait of the ever-evolving world of contemporary digital folklore.

See the OHWOW website for details. **

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