Over the course of four days, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair provides more than 100 free conversations, workshops, performances, and other artist-led programs. Fair programs also include curated exhibitor sections, publication-focused exhibitions, and signings and launches of new books.
is a running series of informal lectures, readings, screenings, and other activities by artists, writers, designers, and publishers. LAABF
2019 Classroom participants include: Ed Morris and Susannah Sayler,
Kandis Williams and Taylor Doran, Paul and Damon McCarthy, George
Herms and Sarah Bancroft, Maya Gomez and Vreni Michelini Castillo,
among many others. Organized by David Senior, Head of the Library and
The Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference
held on Saturday, April 13, next door at the Tateuchi Lab at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, features a keynote by Hamza Walker, followed by a plenary session with Devin Troy Strother, Yuri Ogita, and Wendy Yao, focusing on the state of artists’ books in Los Angeles. Moderated by Farris Wahbeh.
The Plaza Stage
showcases emerging talent alongside legendary artists and will host performances by musicians, sound artists, poets, and performance artists throughout the fair weekend.
Under the Sun
presented by Printed Matter and Wide Rainbow, is a dynamic new space for children, teens, and families within the LA Art Book Fair. Dedicated to the youngest members of the artists’ book community, Under the Sun will host free programs throughout the fair weekend including artist-led workshops, book launches, and guided walkthroughs of the Fair for public schools, community centers, and shelters from the surrounding downtown Los Angeles community.
are special publication-focused projects by select fair exhibitors, hosted by Printed Matter. These projects range from historical surveys and archival presentations, to interactive environments with workshops and performances.
Montez Press Radio
is an experiment in radio broadcasting which plays in the boundaries of conversation, performance, distribution, and access through the lens of contemporary art. Located in the Getty Plaza, the Montez Press Radio RV brings the radio to LAABF 2019 from 46 Canal St in NYC, extending its reach to the LA community and beyond. Listen to the broadcast here!
features presses and artists’ collectives that practice different forms of cultural, social, and political activism. This year's participants are Distribution Assembly East, Justseeds Artists' Collective, Llano Del Rio Collective, ONE Archives Foundation, Other Forms, Press Press, Seite Books, Temporary Services / Half Letter Press, True Laurels, and Women's Center for Creative Work. Curated by Printed Matter’s Executive Director Max Schumann.
The Shannon Michael Cane Award
is granted to four first-time LAABF exhibitors in the early stages of their careers. The inaugural LAABF winners are CHACO, Gold Rain, RUB, and Wendy’s Subway.