Last weekend, Printed Matter, Inc. presented the first annual L.A. Art Book Fair, the West Coast companion to the NY Art Book Fair held every fall in New York, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, with over 15,000 people from artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and enthusiasts in attendance.
Attendees were brought together to meet and to get their hands on some of the most influential art books and publications in existence. Over 200 "international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from twenty countries" were present, with works shown by Larry Clark, Tauba Auerbach, Gary Scott Davis, Richard Prince, Mike Kelley, and Ari Marcopoulos.
Amongst the tables and rooms full of books, there were interesting events, like "Design Authors and Auteurs: Designers' Books Ascending," where designers Brian Roettinger, Tanya Rubbak, and Adam Michaels discussed their experiences making and publishing books, as well as their rotating roles as author, editor, designer, and publisher. Sundown Schoolhouse also provided an escape from the energetic rush of the fair with a Reading Lounge equipped with yoga mats, blankets, herbal tea, and knitting supplies.
Tubs are traditionally made of Hinoki - used for centuries to build Shinto temples. Its American cousin is Port Orford Cedar, and both woods are prized for their antiseptic properties – sushi chefs use them for chopping boards. Both also release a wonderful lemon ginger scent in a cloud of relaxing steam as the tub fills. Hinoki oil is a staple of aromatherapy and some people say it helps congestion and asthma. Other popular woods are sweet-smelling Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Western Red Cedar, as well as sustainably-harvested teak, a dark wood with a neutral scent.