The Artists Book: Several current exhibitions of note, plus two upcoming small press/artists book fairs

The Artist’s Book has long been a fascination to me, and to my great pleasure, the limited edition and often unique, one-of-a-kind objects are increasingly collected and placed on view at cultural institutions.

Exhibitions and upcoming artist book fairs not to be missed, LOS ANGELES and MINNEAPOLIS


To Illustrate and Multiply: An Open Book” at  MOCA’s Pacific Design Center branch

The exhibition’s subtitle:  “How sequencing, a characteristic of time-based media, manifests itself in various ways through artists books.”

Don’t miss this informative and dynamic website, featuring a tour of the objects in the exhibition, downloadable podcasts as well as related essays.

When visiting MOCA at PDC don’t miss the exceptional ART CATALOGUES bookstore, hosting this event:

THIS WEEKEND in LOS ANGELES: INDEPENDENT BOOK FAIR at MOCA Pacific Design Center, Opens Friday Feb 6 (6-8 pm), continues Sat/Sun 7th & 8th from 11-6 daily; RSVP required to attend:  (310) 289 5223

From the website:  “Art Catalogues is a book store specializing in current and out-of-print exhibition catalogues and books on contemporary art and photography. Its specific subject interests enable it to acquire a very large and comprehensive inventory, including foreign titles.

Owner Dagny Corcoran, after 27 years working with libraries, dealers, collectors, auction houses, artists and students, formed a partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, to operate from its location at the Pacific Design Center.

Particularly experienced in art since 1945, Dagny can advise on artists or subjects and compile descriptive lists personalized to specific needs. Art Catalogues also publishes a “catalogue of catalogues,” free upon request.”

Dagny recently located a copy of an early exhibition catalogue for me, featuring the LA freeways series of small platinum prints by Catherine Opie, a favorite segment in her recent Guggenheim exhibition.  When I saw Catherine at PhotoLA last weekend, I asked if that work had ever been published in more depth, and she said yes but hard to find, and that I should call Art Catalogues.  Voila!


Text/Messages: Books by Artists

Text/Messages: Books by Artists at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis through April 19

Read the introductory article with historical overview of artists books  here.  Its closing statement:

“The process of selecting the works in Text/Messages: Books by Artists was a fascinating endeavor for the curators, who found the premise of the exhibition to be an ideal opportunity to explore many areas within the Walker’s collections. Even in today’s digital age, artists’ continued engagement with books—as medium, material, and subject—is evidence, say Engberg and Furtak, that this is an area of artistic invention alive with ideas and possibilities.”

This exhibition has a host of companion programming and bookmaking workshops for those of you living in the area, including a panel discussion on February 5th, and one that I am looking forward to attending on my forthcoming trip to my hometown:

MULTIPLES MALL: A BOOKISH FAIR.  Saturday, February 21st, 11-4 at the Walker Art Center.  “In conjunction with the exhibition Text/Messages: Books by Artists, Minnesota artists who make book-related multiples set up shop for a day of merriment, complete with short presentations on the history of chapbooks, radical reasons for making multiples, and more. Artists’ books, chapbooks, zines, and other booklike objects will be featured. Come browse the offerings and purchase a piece from this local and thriving creative scene.   Public Tour: Text/Messages: Books by Artists: 2pm, Medtronic Gallery.”

The Visual Word:  The Art of Contemporary Bookmaking

email a.p. Sat 1/10


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