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LA ART BOOK FAIR 2019
APRIL 12–14, 2019


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Opening Night: April 11
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012


April 12–14, 2019
Opening Night: April 11
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012




April 12 — 14, 2019

THE CLASSROOM



11:00—12:00 pm

In Memory of Shannon Michael Cane (1974-2017)

                Please join Printed Matter as we remember our dear friend and colleague Shannon Michael Cane. All are invited to gather to share memories, stories, or simply reflect. This event will be open to the public. Shannon was a beloved member of Printed Matter’s staff who played an indelible role in developing the NY and LA Art Book Fairs during his time as Curator of Fairs & Editions.




12:00—1:00 pm

Reunión, an ongoing project by Dani Zelko

                “Walking through cities, towns, border crossings and rural communities of Mexico, the United States, and Canada, I ran into people that had to flee from the Global South and look for a new life in North America. I invited them to write a few poems. They spoke to me and I wrote down everything they said by hand. Each time they inhaled I started a new line. Nothing was recorded. We printed their books that day. The next day, when the circumstances allowed it, each person read their poems aloud in a round of nine chairs and gave the books to everyone who came to listen. In the beginning, during a get-together, spoken word becomes written word. In the end, poems occasion a gathering where the written word becomes oral. Poems are at last between two people instead of two pages.”
              Join the author for a presentation on the project and a collective reading in a circle of nine chairs. Presented by Gato Negro Ediciones.




1:00—2:00 pm 

Stagelessness, with grupa o.k. (Julian Myers and Joanna Szupinska)

                The second in a series of publication co-produced by Fillip (Vancouver) and Plug In ICA (Winnipeg), Stagelessness is a visual essay on the history and evolution of the stage built up from a sequence of pictures and extended captions. Join art historian Julian Myers and curator Joanna Szupinska for an introduction to this history in the form of a slide presentation of images critical to its formation. The event will serve as the Los Angeles launch of the first publication in the series: The Invention and Conclusion of the Eye by Toril Johannessen. Presented by Fillip. ︎



2:00—3:00 pm

Circus of Books, with Billy Miller and Rachel Mason

                Since 1960, the infamous Circus of Books has been many things to many people. A recent article in the L.A. Times said, "The Santa Monica Boulevard store gained legendary status in Southern California’s LGBTQ community as a place where people could peruse gay erotica or meet other gay people, hanging out in a place free from homophobia.” The store and the notorious cruising area behind it —known locally as "Vaseline Alley"—makes an appearance in Joe Doe’s (of the band X) book "Under The Big Black Sun", as well as writer Gary Indiana's "I Can Give You Anything But Love", and is shown in filmmaker Bruce LaBruce's "Hustler White." Online porn has spelled the end of both porn video as well as the majority of adult books and magazines, and the last of the two Circus of Books stores closed in February of 2019. Independent publisher Billy Miller presents a new book-zine inspired by the store and its unique history with contributions from several artists and writers, and, filmmaker Rachel Mason will show scene selections from her new Circus of Books documentary. ︎



3:00—4:00 pm 

Publishing as Activism: Water, Gold, Soil, with Sayler/Morris and Christina Labey. Presented by Sayler/Morris and Conveyor Editions.

                Publishing has a longstanding history as a form of activism, and artist books are a natural extension of this tradition. In conjunction with the launch of their new monograph Water, Gold, Soil: The American River, Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler/Morris) will discuss how climate change and social justice are intrinsically linked. Comprised of text, photographs, and archival images, Water, Gold, Soil follows a single flow of water in California; from the headwaters in the Sierra Nevada to its agricultural end-use in the Westlands Water District. Together with Christina Labey (Creative Director, Conveyor Editions), the presentation will address the invaluable role of book design in telling a complex narrative and discuss our experiments with materials, structure, typography to bring together form and concept. Presented by Sayler/Morris and Conveyor Editions. ︎



4:00—5:00 pm 

The double, shadow, and enemy, with Matilda Tjäder

                 Matilda Tjäder presents a new performance in the wishing for more cycle; a performance series by a fictive entrepreneur whose subjective form is increasingly fragmented by continuous transformation. Learning and un-learning from its environment, its subjectivity—like water—flows, seduces, and breaks. A void opens onto another zone in which a new map is drawn, “but remember, the map is not the territory.” Taking place in the midst of sound and visuals, each episode draws from its site-specificity whilst rendering the invisible visible. With a bouquet of nettles,  Tjäder welcomes you to her chamber. The performance takes place in conjunction with her residency at LACA (Los Angeles Contemporary Archive) this April. ︎




5:00—6:00 pm

Nightboat Books reading, with Kazim Ali, Jos Charles, Carlos Lara, Stephen Motika, Eleni Sikelianos, and Stephanie Young

                Kazim Ali is the founder of Nightboat Books and author of many books, including Bright Felon and Inquisition. Jos Charles is the author of feeld, 2017 National Poetry Series and longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry. Carlos Lara won the 2018 Nightboat Poetry Prize for Like Bismuth When I Enter, forthcoming in 2020. Stephen Motika is the publisher of Nightboat Books and author of Western Practice and Private Archive. Eleni Sikelianos is the author of many books, most recently What I Knew, published by Nightboat Books in April 2019. Stephanie Young is a poet and editor; her new book, Pet Sounds, is just out from Nightboat Books. ︎

PLAZA STAGE


The evening will feature special live performances presented by Kill Your Idols.


UNDER THE SUN


Presented by Printed Matter and Wide Rainbow


4:00—5:00 pm

Touch the Sky with your Eye by David Horvitz. Presented by Jean Boîte Éditions.

Touch the Sky with your Eye by David Horvitz is an ABC book of poetic actions to be realized as soon as possible. The first 100 books come with a postcard stamped by the artist. This world premiere launch is the occasion for every children to WRITE A LETTER TO THE MOON. ︎ Add to Calendar
1:00—3:00 pm

Downtown Women’s Center, with Jen Shear

            Artist Jen Shear will introduce her iconic style of collage using old archival images and lamination techniques.
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SIGNINGS & LAUNCHES


Each location indicated by booth number


12:00 pm
P88    Launch and signing of ‘The Greatest Stories Ever Told’ Thai Language Edition by Ho Tam. Presented by Hotam Press.
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1:00 pm
P28    Signing of Tomorrow Is Yesterday’s Flower by Miller Robinson. Presented by Sming Sming Books.
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1:00 pm
L26    Signing of A Cigar Caught In The Lilies by Emily Joyce. Presented by Hesse Press.
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1:00 pm
E    Signing of Portraits of Imaginary People by Mike Tyka. Presented by Anteism / Artists + Machine Intelligence (A+MI). 
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1:30 pm
P06    Signing of X-TRA Spring 2019, with Poppy Coles, Nick Herman, Anuradha Vikram, Kate Wolf, and more. Presented by X-TRA Magazine. 
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2:00 pm
O43    Signing of Lost: Los Angeles by Aline Smithson. Presented by Kris Graves Projects.
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2:00 pm
O15    Signing of The Pillar and other titles by Stephen Gill.
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2:00 pm

O25     Signing of New Vogue Beauty Salon by Steve Banks. Presented by Deadbeat Club.
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2:00 pm
A04    Signing of Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. by Jerri Allyn and Joey Terrill. Presented by DelMonico Books.
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2:00 pm
P45   Launch of NAT vs. CIV by Veronica Graham. Presented by Most Ancient.︎ Add to Calendar

3:00 pm
L10     Signing of AN ANTIBINARY JOURNAL by Matthew Anderson and contributing artists. Presented by Candor Arts. 
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3:00 pm
O38   Signing of Contemporary Suburbium by Ed Templeton & Deanna Templeton. Presented by twelvebooks.
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3:00 pm
O43    Signing of Middle Distance…: Photographs from Los Angeles by Isaac Diggs. Presented by Kris Graves Projects.
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4:00 pm
H01    Signing of Bob a job is a job is a job by Amalia Ulman. Presented by Jean Boîte Éditions.
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4:00 pm
G06   Signing of El infinito del cosmos by Estrella Pezo. Presented by Pequeño Pato Salvaje. 
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4:00 pm
O25    Signing of Hairdoes of Defiance by Ed Templeton. Presented by Deadbeat Club.
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EXHIBITOR PROJECTS



Anteism Books

              Anteism Books—together with Artists + Machine Intelligence (A+MI), a research program at Google—presents a selection of print editions, objects, and art books by artists working with artificial intelligence. Featuring works and essays by Casey Reas, Ross Goodwin, and Hito Steyerl, this project space celebrates an emerging art field with the publication of a new zine that catalogues contemporary artist-engineer collaborations, and explores what it feels like to collaborate with intelligent systems.


Gagosian

                Gagosian presents a project space exploring the multifaceted work and influences of painter and performance artist Spencer Sweeney. Sweeney, as part of the group I.U.D. (along with Lizzi Bougatsos and Sadie Laska) will release a new single created using a record lathe. The lathe (a device for making records by cutting into vinyl discs) will be utilized on-site through the duration of the fair, creating additional records of the track, which will be made available along with accompanying sleeves designed by Sweeney.
                Alongside these and other editioned works, a library of books and ephemera curated by Sweeney will reflect the ways in which the sonic, visual, and mystical are inextricable in his artistic process. Selected Gagosian publications will also be included, focusing on similar multidisciplinary themes and highlighting Los Angeles–based artists and recent gallery exhibitions.   

Corita Art Center

                The Corita Art Center in Los Angeles was established in 1997 to preserve and honor the legacy of Corita Kent (1918–1986), an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. Since its founding, the Center has facilitated hundreds of exhibitions of Corita’s work, maintained the largest collection of Corita’s works, and housed her archival materials, including prints, books, and watercolors. At LAABF, the Center presents an exploration of its archive alongside a selection of screen prints by the artist.


Werkplaats Typografie

               Looking to clan? From the company who brought games like Sondokruna to the Sigleplonks on Gromodoru comes Nonoki, the first LERP from SenTech to hit the shelves of Earth. Sentech, a universal corporation originating from Arkwelpsat Peigytrofa aims to connect all social organisms in universal insight through the unique divination of the ritual symbolic. Join us in cosplay and reserve your ghost!
                The Werkplaats Typografie, part of ArtEZ University of the Arts, is a two-year graduate program in graphic design based in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The program encourages self-accountable and independently motivated work and research.



Paper Cuts

                Duplex is a project by Paper Cuts, the collaborative publication endeavor of Sara Greenberger Rafferty and David Kennedy Cutler. A duplex refers to a house divided into two apartments and to duplex printing, where an impression is left on both sides of a piece of paper. Paper Cuts: Duplex is a double-sided, double-floored, fully-scaled structure for displaying and selling editioned publications.