The NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1
Symposium on emerging practices and debates within art-book culture
Tickets begin at $20
The Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference is a dynamic, two-day event focused on emerging practices and debates within art-book culture. Full conference tickets, which include a newly commissioned book by Emily Roysdon, are now available online (single-session tickets are also available).
The Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference is organized by Printed Matter, Inc. and The NY Art Book Fair, November 5–7 at MoMA PS1, featuring more than 280 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, museums, galleries, and artists from twenty-four countries, exhibiting the very best of contemporary art publishing. Admission to the NY Art Book Fair is free, including the preview, Thursday, November 4 from 6-9 p.m. Visit the NY Art Book Fair website and Facebook page for updates as well as a complete list of programs.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Furthering the Critical Dialogue
This session will further a key concern of last year’s Conference: the state of artists’ books criticism. Through myriad critical approaches, speakers will not discuss the “state of” artists books criticism per se, but instead directly engage in a critical evaluation of select works.
Participants include: Tate Shaw, director, Visual Studies Workshop; Karen Schiff, artist, New York; Susan Viguers, director, Book Arts/ Printmaking MFA program, University of the Arts; and Kathleen Walkup, professor and director of the Book Art program, Mills College. Moderated by Tony White, Indiana University Libraries.
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Typography and Writing
Without typography, the published word does not exist. How do contemporary writers engage with form? How have designers grappled with the concept of authorship? With the rise of digital publishing, writers have new opportunities to think about how their work is produced and distributed. This session will explore typography and design across a range of current publishing formats.
Participants include: Ellen Lupton, Cooper-Hewitt Museum and Maryland Institute College of Art; and Will Holder, artist, London.
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Keynote: Richard Hell, Josh Smith, and Christopher Wool
A conversation between three artists whose recent collaborations include such books as Psychopts (JMC & GHB Editions, 2008) and Can your monkey do the dog (MFC Michele Didier, 2007).
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Pecha Kucha: Artists’ Books, Zines, and Publishing
This pecha kucha (the Japanese word for “the sound of conversation”), will consist of ten presenters offering fifteen slides each, displayed twenty seconds at a time. Presenters will have five minutes to discuss each project based on interest, influence, or intrigue. The quick pace and strictly enforced time limit of this session format ensures a lively, engaging and entertaining discussion.
Participants include: Tony White, Indiana University Libraries; Jae Rossman, assistant director for Special Collections, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University; and Karen Schiff, artist, New York; and others.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Experimental Libraries and Reading Rooms
What constitutes an experimental library? What is the impetus to create such a library and what impact do such spaces have on our exchange of ideas, the conduct of research, or the creation of art? Does this impulse stem from a need to create an intellectual community outside of academia, address an underrepresented subject, articulate an intellectual curiosity, or is it simply nostalgia for printed books and libraries? These spaces share the common trait of presenting unique collections of research material to the public. Martha Wilson of Franklin Furnace will give an introductory presentation.
Participants include: Wendy Yao, Ooga Booga; Andrew Beccone, the Reanimation Library; Robin Cameron and Jason Polan, the Assembled Picture Library; and Tiffany Malakooti and Babok Radboy, Bidoun Library. Moderated by Renaud Proch, Independent Curators International (ICI).
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Riot Grrrl: Traces of a Movement
Riot Grrrl is a feminist movement that rose during the mid-1990s and is closely associated with punk rock, radical politics, and a DIY ethic. Its participants left behind a lengthy paper trail of film, photography, art, video, music, and zines, a selection of which have recently entered the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University. This panel of artists, musicians, and writers will discuss the history and cultural artifacts of the movement.
Participants include: Lisa Darms, Fales Library, NYU; Jenna Freedman, Barnard College
Library; Sarah Marcus; and Molly Neuman. Moderated by Gretchen Wagner..
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
The Pedagogy of Artists’ Publications
Artists’ publications have a presence in academia beyond the usual bookmaking class. This session steps back from the technical aspects of publishing to survey the way in which this practice manifests within the classroom. How do conversations overlap or diverge from the DIY. ethos of artists’ zines? In what way might individuals and institutions continue to support the field of artists’ publications? By convening a group of practitioners from various backgrounds, including recent MFA-program graduates, this panel will explore the current climate of pedagogy surrounding artists’ publications.
Participants include: Kirby Gookin, department of Art and Art Professions, New York University; Duncan Hamilton, department of Communications Design, Pratt Institute; Megan Plunkett and Daniel Wagner, The Kingsboro Press; and Ruby Sky Stiler, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University. Moderated by Catherine Krudy, director, Printed Matter, Inc.
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Closing Reception, with Emily Roydson
Join us for a reception in celebration of the release of a specially commissioned book by Emily Roysdon, an interdisciplinary artist and writer who examines the intersections of choreography and politics. Roysdon’s book is a meditation on vintage photographs of the New York piers by queer photographer Alvin Baltrop.
Printed Matter, Inc. presents
The NY Art Book Fair, November 5–7, 2010
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave., Long Island City, NY
Free and open to the public:
Preview: November 4, 6-9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, November 5 & 6, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 7, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Image: Emily Roydson with photography by Alvin Baltrop, West Street, 2010. Forthcoming artists’ book, published on the occasion of the NY Art Book Fair and the Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference.
9:50 pm • 31 October 2010 • 1 note
humble arts foundation | martin hyers & william mebane limited edition portfolio
Humble Arts has a limited edition portfolio from Martin Hyers and William Mebane titled Empire.
From 2004 – 2007 Martin Hyers and William Mebane made a series of road trips through the American South and West to create an archive of American objects. The project, titled Empire, yielded more than 9000 4 x 5 in. photographs from twenty-one states that is now available as a portfolio of 100 photographs. These images represent meaningful objects in American culture.
Due to the volume of photographs included in the portfolio, collectors are encouraged to play with the many installation possibilities, such as treating the box set as a photo album, flipping through it at whim, creating various mini-exhibitions, or sending individual photographs to friends. Instructions on how to install the complete portfolio in grid formation are available for collectors who wish to maintain the vision of Hyers and Mebane.
The 5 x 6 ¼ in. portfolio consists of 100 inkjet prints printed on archival fiber-based paper. Included are installation instructions, a handmade embossed box, and a signed certificate indicating the edition number. All prints are stamped on verso.
There are 100 portfolios and two artist proofs in the edition.
View complete portfolio
1:12 pm • 28 October 2010 • 4 notes
julia at urban outfitters sent me their beautiful hardcover ‘o christmas tree’ holiday 2010 preview book, shot by alec soth
5:47 pm • 26 October 2010 • 14 notes
Aperture Foundation | Events | Discussion and Book Signing with Trevor Paglen
Artist Discussion and
Book Signing with Trevor Paglen
Thursday, October 21, 2010
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, California
Trevor Paglen will discuss his work in his long-awaited first photographic monograph: Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapesthat has received rave reviews from the press since its publication by Aperture in August 2010. Social scientist, artist, writer, and provocateur, Paglen has been exploring the secret activities of the U.S. military and intelligence agencies—the “black world”—for the last eight years, publishing, speaking, and making astonishing photographs.
As an artist, Paglen is interested in the idea of photography as truth-telling, but his mysterious, compelling pictures often stop short of traditional ideas of documentation. Showcasing the artwork of an important emerging talent,Invisible speaks to the multidisciplinary practices employed by many of today’s most interesting contemporary artists. The book highlights the array of tactics used by Paglen to depict both what can and cannot be seen.
Rebecca Solnit, noted author on culture and photography, contributes a searing essay that traces this history of clandestine military activity on the American landscape
12:36 pm • 21 October 2010 • 5 notes
ALL OF THIS IS ROCKET SCIENCE: DANIEL SHEA, 25, CHICAGO
Nice Interview with an awesome photographer
I’m interested in your daily routine when you’re on the road. Can you describe your typical day?
There’s no real routine. I usually spend the first few days in a new location scouting out photographs I want to take and making note of the ideal time of day to photograph there. A loose…
10:51 pm • 17 October 2010 • 40 notes
Carmen, Alec and Gus Soth ; The Brighton Bunny
Published by Little Brown Mushroom, bought during the Brighton Biennial £5
Lucien enjoyed and pictured it (with my vintage red Konica Pop)
Family fairy tale. The books from the exhibition were really not good, except this one.
6:33 pm • 17 October 2010 • 2 notes
My Grandma Was a Turtle.
Photographs by Cuny Janssen.
Snoeck, 2010. 84 pp., 85 color illustrations, 9½x12¾”.
For this rhapsodic artist’s book, Dutch photographer Cuny Janssen visited that town of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to photograph children with Native American ancestors and their surroundings. Her motivation was curiosity about what traces of their origins could be seen in these modern Native American children; the title refers to the Turtle clan of the Delaware tribe in Oklahoma. The 85 elegiac photos in this book, some in beautifully reproduced color, were taken with Janssen’s large format camera, and include surprisingly anachronistic images of the prairie, complete with bison. Janssen’s unique combination of children and history results in a lyrical bridge across time. The hand-pasted reproductions make this book feel like early photograph albums or collector’s albums for cigarette cards. Limited edition of 1000 copies.
(via photo-eye Bookstore | Janssen Cuny: My Grandma Was a Turtle | photobooks)
12:57 pm • 16 October 2010
Richmond Zine Fest 2010 – Oct 16 at the GCCR « The Richmond Zine Fest
It’s official! The 2010 Richmond Zine Fest will be on October the 16th at the Gay Community Center of Richmond from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM!
This is an all-ages free event to attend!! If you wish to rent a table please visit the registration section of our page.
Also, the evening of October 15th we will be having a zine reading potluck at the Wingnut! So please get in touch with us if you would like to read your work to lots of fanzine fans the evening before the fest.
12:15 pm • 15 October 2010
Steidl– Contraband by Taryn Simon
by Taryn Simon
Steidl & Partners
- Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Co-published with Gagosian Gallery
- 480 pages, 1075 colour plates
- 24.5 cm x 16.5 cm
- Softcover in one of three colours, selected for shipping at random.
- Steidl & Partners
- ISBN: 978-3-86930-134-1
- Publication date: September 2010
Co-published with Gagosian Gallery
Taryn Simon lived in John F Kennedy International Airport from November 16 through November 20, 2009. JFK processes more international passengers than any other airport in the United States. Contraband includes photographs taken 24 hours a day of over 1000 items detained or seized from passengers and express mail entering the U.S. from abroad. Over five days, in both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Site and the U.S. Postal Service International Mail Facility, Simon documented items including counterfeit American Express travelers checks, overproof Jamaican rum, heroin, a dead hawk, an illegal Mexican passport, deer penis, purses made from endangered species, Cuban cigars, counterfeit Disney DVDs, khat, gold dust, GHB concealed as house cleaner, cow manure tooth powder, counterfeit Louis Vuitton bags, prohibited sausage, undeclared jewelry, steroids and an ostrich egg.
2:24 am • 15 October 2010
Here and There- The Blue Issue
Here and There 10also see Vol.1
4 Pages, 21 x 29.7 cm, Color Offset, Bilingual, First Edition, 2010
with Aki Goto, Susan Cianciolo, Bless, Laetitia Benat, Aoi Nagae, Yukinori Maeda, Akira Onozuka, Takashi Homma, Akira Minagawa, Nobuya Hitsuda, Shimabuku, Katsumi Omori, Mark Borthwick, Takehito Koganezaw
"A year ago, I visited Aichi prefecture in the end of summer. It was to reflect on the work of Nobuya Hitsuda, as well as to see the exhibition “In the Little Playground: Hitsuda Nobuya and his surrounding students” that reflects on the time, in his 40 years of teaching experience, he spent with his students, such as Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugito, Kyoko Murase, Mika Kato and many more.
Although having visited on an assignment, I was overwhelmed with emotion. Even for people who are actively recognized, there are still moments, numerous times in your life, where one needs to spend those blue hours alone. The process, to be alone, to suffer with unsettled emotion, is necessary to move forward.
Around the same time, I was asked by chance to write an essay, and decided to write on raising children. Raising children is also about continuous time that cannot be controlled. In the end of that summer, those were the two things that were on my mind, so I decided to put together an issue for Here and There, focusing on the blue hour that can make our lives colorful, as well as the color blue itself.
I looked up at the blue sky. Blue is a color that represents the beauty of nature, but at the same time, it exists in many things manmade. Blue can be found in clothing you wear against your skin, somewhere near you, and far away. The aim is to seek for a blue in personal emotions and in the growing process of people and to find it scattered in the world. This, hoping that it will be an attempt to sprout something in people’s hearts.”
11:52 am • 13 October 2010
Harry Watts - STUDIO
Following an intense period of time spent as a studio assistant, in London. I observed the repetitive re-use of the objects and equipment integral to the photographic studio. The monochrome space and items presente would be reconstructed on a daily basis to create colorful sets of magical lighting; alterer worlds resulting in sleek images of fantasy and desires, which are so readily and hungrily consumed.
This stark body of work literally strips away the glamorous and illusional. The studio space is potentially, yet invisibly occupied by objects which exist only as a aid to the visual creation, rather than meant to be seen as themselves. Created and coated in grey light absorbing materials these objects stand mono-chromic in a empty person-less studio.
By revealing these devices, out from the darkness, come the stains and marks of the make shift, covered with human alterations and adaptations. The studio space becomes a place for theatricality of recorded life.
I have now self-published this work. The book is available at http://www.blackboxpress.co.uk/shop.php
10:41 pm • 10 October 2010
Photographs by David T. Hanson. Introduction by Rick Bass. Text by David T. Hanson.
Taverner Press, 2010. 200 pp., 87 color illustrations, 11¾x9¾”.
Over the past 30 years, American photographer David T. Hanson has scoured the American landscape for telltale signs of the way we live now-what we do with our land and how we live on it. Colstrip, Montana, is the site of one of the largest coal strip-mines in North America. Between 1982 and 1985, Hanson undertook a photographic investigation of the mine, power plant and industrial site. The Colstrip, Montana sequence was first exhibited by John Szarkowski at The Museum of Modern Art in 1986. This book publishes the entire series for the first time.
(via photo-eye Bookstore | David T. Hanson: Colstrip, Montana | photo book)
7:36 pm • 7 October 2010 • 2 notes
MATTHIEU LAVANCHY: Staging Space book / Gestalten Verlag
Some of my work is featured in the new book from the Gestalten Verlag:
Scenic Interiors and Spatial Experiences
Featuring an extensive collection of work in which images and space meld seamlessly into a single narrative entity, Staging Space offers new solutions…
2:13 pm • 7 October 2010 • 2 notes