Printed Matter presents the first annual LA Art Book Fair, February 1-3, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in downtown Los Angeles. The opening will be held on the evening of Thursday, January 31from 6 to 9 pm.
Free and open to the public, the LA Art Book Fair is a unique international event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines presented by more than 220 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from twenty countries.
Featured projects include an Homage to Mike Kelley presented by Gagosian, and a stunning new installation by John Armleder with Three Star Books. Fulton Ryder will present publications by John Dogg and Howard Johnson, unique books and Untitled Originals by Richard Prince, and naughty pulp paperbacks.
ZINE WORLD is a super-sized subsection of the LA ART BOOK FAIR, featuring more than 80 zinesters from home and abroad: Adam Villacin, ANAL, billy ocallaghan, Brown Griffin, Cinders, COMBO, Dale Wittig, Darin Klein & Friends, Deadbeat Club, Deth P. Sun, Drippy Bone Books, DUM DUM Zine, Encyclopedia Destructica, Evah Fan and Brendan Monroe, Fantasy Camp, Funchicken, Gary Kachadourian, Golden Spike Press, Gravity and Trajectory, Hamburger Eyes, IIIII Columns, Instigator, The Institute for Extraterrestrial Sexuality, j. morrison, JIMMY the zine, Justin Jorgensen / COP DAD Magazine, Kingsboro Press, Louis M. Schmidt, Miniature Garden, Needles & Pens, Never Press, Nhd, NOWORK, Oso Press, Pau Wau Publications, Pop-Hop Books & Print, Shawn Whisenant, Signify, Sanctify, Believe, Starrfucker Magazine, Sumi Ink Club, Swill Children, Working Class, The Worst Magazine Ever, The Wreckless Press, and many more.
ZINE WORLD features three exhibitions: GSD: Skate Fate till Today begins from Gary Scott Davis’s early, ground-breaking zine publishing of the ’80s. Zine Masters of the Universe featuresMark Gonzales, Ari Marcopoulos, Raymond Pettibon, and Dash Snow. Bedwetter and Beyond is a survey of the artists’ books and zines of Los Angeles-based artist Christopher Russell.
ZINE WORLD POP-UP SHOP: Boo-Hooray presents a Larry Clark pop-up shop and an installation of t-shirts and skateboards from Larry Clark’s extensive collection, including items used in his movies.
ZINE WORLD GETS POLITICAL: The political meets the personal in FRIENDLY FIRE. Exhibitors include; Antena, The Center for Urban Pedagogy, CrimethInc. Ex-workers‘ Collective, Edie Fake, Errant Bodies Press, Half Letter Press / Temporary Services, Insane Dialectical Posse, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Justseeds Artists‘ Cooperative, Michalis Pichler, and The Public School
ZINE WORLD THEATER presents non-stop performance, film, sound, and words throughout the weekend. Events include the Awesome Vistas Live Music Showcase on opening night; zine collector Phillip Aarons in conversation with AA Bronson and Darin Klein; publisher Sarah Williams talks to Eve Fowler, Sumi Ink Club (Sarah Rara and Luke Fishbeck) and others about how books changed their lives; and a short film program by Mike Kuchar. The fair ends withRosa Von Praunheim’s Trans Music Spectacular, the rarely seen film City of Lost Souls.
An ongoing program of performance, video, lectures and workshops will keep the Fair spinning through the weekend. Visit www.laartbookfair.net
Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is the companion fair to the NY Art Book Fair, held every fall in New York. Over 20,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and other enthusiasts attended the NY Art Book Fair in 2012.
Hours and Location
The LA Art Book Fair is free and open to the public.
Preview: Thursday, January 31, 6–9 pm
Friday, February 1, 11-5 pm
Saturday, February 2, 11 am–6 pm
Sunday, February 3, 12 am–6 pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012