LACY SOTO | DATE 8/10/2023
Join us August 10–13, 2023, in Booth J14 at Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair 2023, where we will present book signings and discussions with artists and writers. (Scroll down for the complete listings.) This year our booth will have two points of focus: One, The Divine Feminine—concepts that explore the potency of a deep, elemental feminine power and the quality of corporeality that evokes a certain kind of planetary magic. Second is The Grassroot in LA—artists, writers, musicians who may be or have been living and working on the fringe of mainstream culture. We will have selection of out-of-print books, signed books and a Bruno Munari poster selection, along with our favorite new titles.
Artbook is proud to partner with DelMonico Books for the second year, co-hosting book signing at Booth K15.
EVENTS & SIGNINGS AT ARTBOOK BOOTH J14
KIM BEIL, FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 3 PM
Anonymous Objects: Inscrutable Photographs and the Unknown suggests that unidentifiable things in photographs point toward larger questions about the limits of knowledge. In a world that seems to give up images of itself more freely every day, there’s very little left to the unknown. Inscrutable photographs keep ambiguity alive. They make room for curiosity and wonder by resisting our facile attempts to know the world by naming it.
BINH DANH, FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 4 PM
Known for his innovative approach to alternative photographic processes, Binh Danh extends and reconsiders the pursuit of pioneering 19th-century photographers. For almost a decade, Danh has traveled across the American West, making daguerreotypes of scenic vistas on silver plates in a mobile darkroom he calls "Louis," after Louis Daguerre. Danh imbues this scenery with his distinctly personal perspective—namely, an attempt to negotiate his connection as a Vietnamese American with the landscape and history of the United States. This inaugural monograph features two volumes in a slipcase, bringing together all three bodies of work and a separate book of essays and memorabilia that serves to contextualize Danh's work. Preorder a signed copy of Binh Danh: The Enigma of Belonging here.
MARY VIRGINIA SWANSON, FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 5 PM
The first book to demystify the process of producing and publishing a book of photographs, Publish Your Photography Book, edited by Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson, was first released in 2011 and subsequently sold out two editions. This highly anticipated third edition guides photo-based artists through the steps involved in publishing a book of their work. Preorder a signed copy here.
ALAKE SHILLING, SATURDAY, AUGUST 12: 12 PM
In the paintings and sculptures of Los Angeles–based artist Alake Shilling, cutesy characters and plush creatures travel through a saturated world where disco and Lisa Frank aesthetics collide, often in a grassy knoll or ocean swell. Preorder a signed copy of Alake Shilling: The Hippest Trip in America here.
JOHN C. WELCHMAN & VÉRONIQUE BOURGOIN, SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, THE CLASSROOM, 1 PM; BOOTH J14, 2 PM
John C. Welchman and Véronique Bourgoin will introduce the history and achievements of this exuberant international network of artists formed in the late-1980s in Berlin, Paris and Marseille, spearheaded by Bourgoin and Juli Susin. The presentation will be accompanied by an expansive selection of works, images and contextual materials. After the presentation, John C. Welchman and Véronique Bourgoin will be at our booth. Preorder a signed copy of Royal Book Lodge here.
KAREN LOFGREN, SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 3:30 PM
emBRUJAda gathers a selection of notes, dialogues and annotated works from LA-based artist Karen Lofgren. Considering works from an international practice, this compendium connects scientific fields to the spirit realm, leaving space for the unknown and the unknowable. The book presents an intimate space where rituals, history and mythology look to the construction of a greater consciousness over time.
IAN SVENONIUS, SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 5 PM
Nineteen essays from Ian Svenonius, ripping, shredding, tearing apart all the bugaboos that haunt humanity nowadays, Against the Written Word is a must-read for any aspiring radical or would-be gnostic who has a penchant for words, thought, clothes, intoxicants, music, art, expression, etc. Numerous other Svenonius publications will be available at our booth.
GABRIELA HERSTIK, SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 6 PM
"A modern, nonjudgmental guide to reclaiming and embodying your sexuality as nothing short of divine. There has never been a more vital time to embrace the union of sex and spirit. With Gabriela Herstik's expert and inclusive guidance, learn to shed societally ingrained shame and reclaim your birthright to sacred sex as a foundational part of your spiritual path."— Gabriela Herstik is the author of Inner Witch, Bewitching the Elements and Embody Your Magick.
EVENTS & SIGNINGS WITH DELMONICO BOOKS, BOOTH K15
SARAH CAIN, FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, BOOTH K15, 11 AM
Sarah Cain: Enter the Center is the most comprehensive publication to date on Los Angeles-based painter Sarah Cain's exuberant paintings and installations. Her process of creation and destruction frequently includes found objects and is steeped in the history of painting and feminist art practices. Cain’s work is a challenge to the patriarchal hierarchies of painting. Enter the Center features new writings and previously unpublished photographs and documentation of dozens of artworks with a focus on the last decade of Cain’s exuberant and unique paintings and installations.
JEFFREY GIBSON AND JENELLE PORTER, SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, THE CLASSROOM, 3 PM; JENELLE PORTER, BOOTH K15, 4 PM
Jenelle Porter will be in conversation remotely with Jeffrey Gibson about the book An Indigenous Present. Conceived by Jeffrey Gibson and co-edited by Jenelle Porter, An Indigenous Present is a monumental gathering of more than 60 contemporary artists, photographers, musicians, writers and more, showcasing diverse approaches to Indigenous concepts, forms and mediums. This publication shows the increasingly visible and expanding field of Indigenous creative practice. It centers individual practices, while acknowledging shared histories, to create a visual experience that foregrounds diverse approaches to concept, form and medium as well as connection, influence, conversation and collaboration. An Indigenous Present foregrounds transculturalism over affiliation and contemporaneity over outmoded categories.
LA Art Book Fair
Artbook Booth J14
The Geffen Contemporary at MoCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Thu, Aug 10, 6–9 PM, ticketed, $25
Fri, Aug 11, 1–7 PM, ticketed, $5
Sat, Aug 12, 11 AM–7 PM, ticketed, $5
Sun, Aug 13, 11 AM–6PM, free admission with registration;
11 AM–1 PM, masked hours
Ticketing information HERE.
DELMONICO BOOKS/BIG NDN PRESS
Hbk, 9.5 x 12 in. / 448 pgs / 387 color.