notePad: LA Art Book Fair 2017

By Peggy Roalf   Friday February 24, 2017

This weekend, Printed Matter presents the fifth annual LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Downtown LA. Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by more than 300 presses, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from over 20 countries.

Conference sessions include the panel discussions, Preservation and Access of Artists’ Books in the Archive; and Making a Splash: Wet Magazine brings together the group of architects, artists, designers, performers, poets, writers, and bathers who collaborated on this unique magazine in Venice, California from 1976-1981. Admission is free for all sessions, but space is limited. General admission is first-come-first-seated

This year the Classroom, a curated series of conversations, workshops, readings and other artist-led programs organized by David Senior of The Museum of Modern Art Library, includes events featuring Peter Coffin, Hannah Black, Jason Fulford and Darin Mickey, Jonathan Lethem, Guadalupe Rosales (@veteranas_and_rucas) and Self Help Graphics and Art.

The Box will be showcasing a selection of work from the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS), an experimental music collective founded by artists and musicians in Pasadena, CA in the early 1970s. Continuously active for 40+ years, the LAFMS is an integral part of the underground noise, experimental sound, music and art scenes in Los Angeles.

David Zwirner Books is proud to present a project space dedicated to Donald Judd Writings, which features an extraordinary library table designed by this legendary American artist and on loan from his home in Marfa, Texas.

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present FLASH FLASH FLASH,an exhibition as tattoo parlor. Following the success of the same project at the NY Art Book Fair 2016, Gagosian has recruited six new artists, including Kenneth Anger, The Haas Brothers, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Analia Saban to create original flash art for the Los Angeles incarnation.

Dashwood Books will host book signings with Stefan Marx, The Castle and Jocko Weyland, Geomancy today at 2pm and 4 pm respectively, and with Toby Mott, Showboat: Punk/Sex/Bodies on Sunday at 2 pm. Harper’s Books will curate a selection of books and ceramics, exploring the shared shelf-life of print and small sculptural objects. More

LA Art Book Fair, February 23-26, takes place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Downtown LA Info Photo top: © Ruben Diaz/LA Weekly, 2016; photo left courtesy Printed Matter.


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