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Printed Matter Presents the 2019 LA Art Book Fair, April 12-14

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Print stand, LAABF 2015. Photo by Ruben Diaz

2019 prints THE Art Book Fair (LAABF) will host 390 exhibitors from 31 countries, including a wide range of artists and collectives, small presses, institutions, galleries, old booksellers and distributors. For the sake of diversity and representation, the fair serves as a meeting place for a wider community of publishers and book enthusiasts, as well as a place for dialogue and exchange around all facets of artistic publishing. .

Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s 2019 LA Art Book Fair, will take place From April 12 to 14, 2019, at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

A note Opening night The preview will take place on Thursday, April 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets for the opening night are $ 20 and include a limited edition work by artist Jeffrey Cheung of Unity Press. The evening will feature live performances by Eartheater and special guests, presented by Mount Analog.

New Fundraising Editions offered by Printed Matter will feature works by Jeffrey Cheung from Unit Press, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, and Ella Kruglyanskaya. Fundraising Editions support Printed Matter’s work throughout the year of providing resources to artists and advocating for artists’ books and publications.

Over the course of four days, LAABF will offer over 100 free conversations, workshops, performances and other artist-led programs. The show’s programs also include exhibitor sections, publication-oriented exhibitions, as well as new book signings and launches.

Highlights and lineup of LAABF 2019 include:

  • The Contemporary Artist’s Books Conference (CABC), held next to the Japanese American National Museum, will feature a keynote speaker and panel discussion on the state of artists’ books in Los Angeles.
  • Under the Sun, presented by Printed Matter and Wide Rainbow, is a vibrant new space for kids, teens and families that will host free programs throughout the weekend, including artist-led workshops, books and guided tours.
  • Anteism Books, in collaboration with Artists + Machine Intelligence (A + MI), a Google research program, will feature a selection of print editions, objects and art books by artists working with artificial intelligence.
  • Gagosian will present a project space exploring the multi-faceted work and influences of painter and performance artist Spencer Sweeney, who, along with his collaborators, will record a musical performance directly onto a 7-inch single using a spinner. records — a device for making individual records cut from vinyl, in real time.
  • The Corita Art Center in Los Angeles was established in 1997 to preserve and honor the legacy of Corita Kent (1918-1986), artist, educator and advocate for social justice. At LAABF, the Center will present an exploration of its archives alongside a selection of serigraphs by the artist.

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