L.A. Art Book Fair 2013
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.
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Charley Harper (1922-2007), over the course of a 60-year career as a prolific graphic designer, painter and illustrator, brought his unique, modernist style to a wide range of publications, such as Charles Harper’s Birds and Words (1974, Frame House Gallery, 2008, AMMO books) as well as illustrated ads for Morten Salt, Libby’s Pineapple and Proctor & Gamble. This exhibition celebrates his perspective of birds and wildlife, a genre previously dominated by naturalism and realism.
We are, without a doubt, big fans of Mike Perry. The Brooklyn-based illustrator and designer's online shop is well-worth getting lost in, clicking around through books, zines, patterned Eames rockers, and, of course, prints. This Red Brick screenprint is one of a limited edition of 50, signed by Mike himself, and just plain awesome.
Hundreds of new and gently used books on interior design and architecture will be on sale at reduced prices (Students and faculty with valid ID will receive a discount). Highlights include a set of exhibition catalogs from the Royal Academy in London; books by Mariette Himes Gomez, Judith Gura, and Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill; and a set of books on the reading list for the NCIDQ qualifying exam. There will also be magazines available, including a complete set of Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors, published from 1997 -2003.
In 1947, a time in which few New Orleans-based architects were advancing modern architecture, Arthur Q. Davis and his partner, Nathanial C. Curtis, established their practice in the city. The Curtis and Davis firm was best known for designing the Louisiana Superdome and modernist landmarks in New Orleans, including the New Orleans Rivergate Exhibition Center; the New Orleans Public Library; Royal Orleans Hotel; St. Francis Cabrini Church; the Caribe Building; the Automotive Life Building; private residences (including Davis’ own); Thomy Lafon Elementary School; and the George Washington Carver Elementary, Junior and Senior High schools. The exhibition will showcase images, drawings and related archival materials to create a cohesive look at Davis’ life and work.
Over 300 posters, album covers, zines, and other items from the late 1960s and early 70s by artists from Wes Wilson to Victor Moscoso will be displayed.
Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective positions Gorky as a crucial founder of abstract expressionism, but also as a passionate and dedicated artist whose tragic life often informed his groundbreaking and deeply personal paintings. The first full-scale survey of Gorky's work since 1981, this timely exhibition features Gorky's most significant paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, including two masterworks from MOCA's permanent collection - Study for The Liver is the Cock's Comb (1943) and Betrothal I (1947).
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