MOCA Geffen Contemporary
152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013
January 30, 2015 - February 1, 2015
Top 10 Booths to See at the LA Art Book Fair
by Natalie Hegert
Posted by Natalie Hegert
| tags: photography artist books Art Books LA Art Book Fair 2015 art writing los angeles art fairs
The exhibitor list for this year’s LA Art Book Fair is very very long. So while I’d like to be able to say that this is a definitive top 10 list of booths to see, I can’t quite boast that. This is not a comprehensive list, rather, this is a highly subjective list, and as such, is skewed towards photography publications, publishers that I’m already familiar with (full disclosure: I’m married to an artist who has been featured in publications from Lodret Vandret and Conveyor Arts), and, most importantly, affordable imprints. I purposefully didn’t include any of the big institutional names, because, well, we already all know Aperture and Artforum, etc. So please take the phrase “top 10” with a grain of salt—in any case, hierarchies are not really helpful when it comes to the sprawling abundance that is the LA Art Book Fair. But I assure you, you can’t go wrong if you make a point to visit everyone that’s on this here list, which is in no particular order:
Hannah Whitaker, Peer to Peer. Courtesy Mörel Books
Since 2008, London-based imprint Mörel Books has published such memorable titles as Asger Carlsen’s Wrong and Hester, Ryan McGinley’s Moonmilk, Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell with Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, and many other limited edition artist books. At the LA Art Book Fair, now’s your chance to get these affordable editions without paying overseas shipping, plus ArtSlant readers get 15% off (if you’re not in LA for the fair, you can use the code “ARTSLANT15” to get the discount on web orders)! New titles include Nobuyoshi Araki’s Marvelous Tales of Black Ink, David Benjamin Sherry’s Earth Changes, and Hannah Whitaker’s Peer to Peer. Sherry and Whitaker will be signing books at the Mörel booth on Saturday, January 31 at 3 and 3:30pm.
Richard Kraft, DEATH VALLEY WALK. Photograph by Lisa Pearson
An independent publisher specializing in art/literature hybrids, Siglio Press was founded in 2008 by artist Lisa Pearson who runs the operation out of her Eagle Rock garage. With support from Air de Paris and Peres Projects, Siglio will be presenting an expanded special exhibition of works by Dorothy Iannone, to celebrate the publication of her book You Who Read Me With Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends. In addition to the Iannone book, Siglio will launch two other titles at the fair: a redesign of Sophie Calle’s first and long out-of-print artist’s book, Suite Vénitienne, and Richard Kraft’s Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera. Be sure to catch Kraft in conversation with our own Andrew Berardini at 2pm on Sunday, Feb 1.
SEARCH & DESTROY #7, 1978. Courtesy RE/search Publications
In 1977 San Francisco, V. Vale took a hundred bucks each from Allen Ginsburg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti and started what would become RE/search publications. RE/search publications span from the early punk zine Search and Destroy, to pocketbooks featuring the likes of George Kuchar, Lydia Lunch, and Penny Rimbaud. For the LA Art Book Fair and the 70th anniversary of the invention of LSD, Vale is preparing a special limited edition zine on acid-aficionado Mark McCloud, entitled “LSD MUSEUM: Keeping Tabs on Mark McCloud.”
Ian Lewandowski on the cover of Packet Biweekly, Issue #052. Courtesy Packet Biweekly
Subscribing to Packet Biweekly is like surreptitiously receiving secret missives in class-syllabus-form. The format—8 1/2 by 11-inch sheets, fresh from the photocopier, stapled once in the left hand corner—is a brilliant throwback and a fresh model for art distributed on the cheap. Each volume consists of 6 issues, at just $24. At the book fair, the New York-based publication’s forthcoming issue #053 will launch, and be sure to check out their current issue #052, which contains a special section in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.
Antje Peters, Illusion, 2014, Courtesy Lodret Vandret
Founded by Copenhagen-based artists Johan Rosenmunthe and Flemming Ove Bech, Lodret Vandret makes exhibitions and publications of contemporary lens-based art, and started the One Thousand Books Art Book Festival, which now travels around the world as a curated self-contained exhibition and sales platform in the form of a crate of books. They will have a selection of their recent publications on sale: including their latest, Illusion by Antje Peter; Impact by Pär Axell, a book printed in clear varnish on white paper; and a book by Paul Paper entitled Contemporary Photography, which features no photographs. In addition, Rosenmunthe will be performing a TECTONIC CRYSTAL HEALING at 5pm on Friday, January 30, as an “unorthodox book launch” for his book Tectonic, published by SPBH Editions.
Lucas Blalock, SPBH BOOK CLUB VOL VII. Courtesy SPBH Editions
Founded in the UK in 2010 by Bruno Ceschel, Self Publish, Be Happy has done a lot to foster and support the burgeoning enterprise of artists who self publish their own projects. Focusing on photography publications, SPBH is a collection, a community, sponsors a competition, a commission, and many other things. SPBH Editions will be at the fair, with a new book by Lucas Blalock and an installation by Gareth McConnell.
Katie Aliprando, Mind Shapes Wear Velvet Pants, 2014. Courtesy 2nd Cannons
2nd Cannons is an artists' book publishing project and project space gallery, founded by artist Brian Kennon and found in the same building as François Ghebaly and Fahrenheit in downtown Los Angeles. At the locus of L.A.’s art scene, 2nd Cannons has published catalogues, novels, essays, art-world appropriations, DVDs of performances, flipbooks, mixtapes, and prints, from artists and critics like Bruce Hainley, Ry Rocklen, Christopher Russell, Sayre Gomez, and more. Their latest publication is a compilation of visual notes and ephemera by Katie Aliprando.
A DIY non-profit artist and bookmakers organization located in Greenpoint, Booklyn supports emerging artists, zinesters and printmakers in printing and publishing their own artist books. At the LA Art Book Fair look for new prints by Egyptian street artist Ganzeer; Black Lives Matter, a response to the recent protests; a zine by archivist Richard Lee about cataloguing zines; and a 10th anniversary portfolio of posters made in support of the Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Heather Guertin, Development. Courtesy Hassla
Artist David Schoerner founded Hassla in 2007, specializing in limited edition, affordable artists’ books and catalogues that tend toward the short and sweet. Schoerner’s own Sunsets and Other Things is a sure winner, as is painter and writer Heather Guertin’s new book Development. At the fair, they’ll also feature titles by N. Dash, Ryan Foerster, Dan McCarthy, Colin Snapp, Robin Cameron, Kathryn Kerr and others.
Visible Spectrum, 2013-14, Penelope Umbrico, Hannah Whitaker, Brea Souders, Andrey Bogush, Robert Canali, Inka & Niclas, Dillon DeWaters, Nicholas Gottlund, with essay by Mark Alice Durant. Courtesy of Conveyor Arts
New Jersey-based Conveyor Arts is a production house for all manner of artist-designed books, a magazine and a publisher of photography related books. The result is products with the utmost attention paid to matters of color, design, and concept. Available for the first time on the West Coast, Conveyor will be offering Peter Happel Christian’s Half Wild; the latest edition of Conveyor Magazine, The Alchemy Issue; and Visible Spectrum, which is a series of nine artist books neatly stacked in an attractive slipcover. And did I mention I’m a sucker for rainbows?
Honorable mentions and shout-outs: You will also undoubtedly find great stuff at these booksellers and other publishers: Ooga Booga, Dashwood, DDMMYY / LeRoy, Gingko Press, Boo-Hooray, Night Gallery, Needles and Pens, East of Borneo, MATTE Magazine, Mousse Publishing, THE THING Quarterly, Cabinet, Triple Canopy, The Third Rail, Semiotext(e), and Ugly Duckling Presse.
(Image at top: View of the fair, 2013. Photo courtesy of Desilu Munoz and LA Art Book Fair)
1950s Collages by Helen Adam Anticipated the Internet Meme
by Natalie Hegert
Posted by Natalie Hegert
| tags: collage internet memes poetry
A funny image accompanied by a one-liner caption—it’s a form we know all too well. The internet meme is infinitely reproducible, mutable, and sharable: they're digital artifacts symptomatic of our current cut-and-paste culture.
But we’re not the first generation to cut and paste with wild abandon: in Europe in the 20s and 30s, photomontage became surreal art in the hands of practitioners like Hannah Höch, John Heartfield, and Raoul Hausmann; British artists took to collage from the 1960s on, from Pop Art’s Richard Hamilton to Punk’s Linder and Jamie Reid; San Francisco produced collage artists like Jess and Bruce Conner, associated with poetry and the Beat generation.
But here are some collages from the analogue cut-and-paste days that wouldn’t be out of place in the internet meme-sphere. Behold the dark humor of Helen Adam:
(PERHAPS NO ONE WILL NOTICE THEM.)
A society photo with some bats pasted in transforms this girl into a quivering debutante with a morbid obsession.
“I BLAME MOTHER.”
These demons disgorged from the bowels of Hell while a stern-looking Puritan woman intones, “I blame mother”—would sure make a great e-card.
WHERE ARE THE SNOWS
The caption on this one is a bit opaque, but the use of the kittehs is right on point for this day and age.
Helen Adam (1909-1993) was a Scottish poet, artist, contemporary to the Beats, active participant in the San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s–60s, and eccentric kook with a penchant for turbans and amulets. Along with her collages, her poetry also seemed to belong to a different age. While her contemporaries were busy deconstructing formal poetry, she stubbornly adhered to the ballad format. Her mix of modern slang with antiquated lyric verse form had Allen Ginsburg scratching his head, but was totally post-modern before there was even post-modernism. Here she is singing a rhymed ballad about a junkie looking for a fix:
Adam’s collages are currently on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, in the magnificent exhibition An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle, which is on view until January 11.
(All images: Helen Adam, c. 1957–1959, Collage; The Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York; Photo: James A. Ulrich; Image at top: Bonny Charlie’s Gone Awa)
Los Angeles Art Show - Modern & Contemporary
Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall A 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
January 14, 2015 - January 18, 2015
LA Continues Growth as an Art Fair Destination in 2015
by Antonia Ward
Posted by Antonia Ward
| tags: photography Art Weekend LA art fairs art market Los Angeles art book fair
Art Weekend LA kicked off yesterday with the promise of a Los Angeles art calendar packed with attractions: from the dynamic program of museum exhibitions and gallery openings to the city’s growing number of art fairs. The latter set a quick pace from the outset and this January boasts a busy schedule, beginning with the LA Art Show and Photo LA, two of the city’s longest-running fairs, and closing with the comparatively new yet highly influential Art Los Angeles Contemporary. In anticipation of this gala start to the year, ArtSlant takes a brief look at these keystones of the LA art scene.
This year the LA Art Show celebrates its 20th anniversary. The growth of the event is testament both to its popularity and to the wider, most remarkable progression of the Los Angeles art market. Launched in 1994 as an admittedly “small regional event featuring 14 galleries,” the fair now presents over 22,000 artworks from more than 120 galleries spanning 22 countries.
The LA Art Show welcomes high-profile collectors such as Eli Broad and Leonardo DiCaprio, and reaches a considerable audience: last year the fair welcomed 56,000 visitors through its doors. To put this in context, Frieze London, one of the world’s most influential art fairs, has marked attendance of 60,000 each of the last four years. The show has outgrown three venues in its lifetime and as a longstanding fixture of the art scene it can be seen as something of a destination-maker. After seven years of putting the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport on the map as a leading venue, the LA Art Show made a pioneering move to Downtown in 2009 where it has been a key contributor to the district’s revival.
Zeinab Al Hashemi, Pearl Tale, 2010, Scanograph; At LA Art Show / Courtesy of the artist
From the outset the LA Art Show has had a decidedly international focus, and has maintained a strategic drive to represent diverse art genres, including “modern, contemporary, historic and traditional works, as well as works on paper, sculpture and installations.” On the occasion of the fair’s 20th anniversary, the fair’s Producer Kim Martindale identifies an “opportunity to look back on all of our accomplishments and the success we have amassed. Having a strong understanding of where we have been will help us chart out our next steps and direct how we want to grow in the future.”
The growing international representation of the fair is in evidence with a strong contingent of galleries from throughout Asia, including ME Art Gallery, Duke Art Gallery, CM2 Space, Neu Art Gallery, Coco (Mingjia) Art Gallery, Trustwin Art Gallery, and Impressions Oriental. The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates will also curate a special exhibition Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, which will showcase the work of 13 of the country's leading contemporary artists and form the primary phase of the first major touring exhibition of Emirati art in the world.
Catherine Opie, Untitled #9, 2013; At Photo LA / ©Catherine Opie, Courtesy of Regen Projects Los Angeles
Running concurrent to the LA Art Show is Photo LA, which, now in its 24th year, is another of the city’s most established fairs. Showcasing everything from classic 19th century photography to contemporary photo-based art, Photo LA brings together leading galleries, museums, universities, and non-profit organizations from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America, and offers a diverse program of tours and talks by renowned figures in the field, such as Weston Naef, curator emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Department of Photographs, and artists Mona Kuhn and Brian Bowen Smith. The fair’s focus on the next generation assures a strong offering of expert-led content on technical elements of the field, and on practical aspects of the industry. This year, Photo LA honors Catherine Opie, and the opening gala will celebrate her lifelong contributions to the arts.
Keiichi Tahara, In Between; At Photo LA / Courtesy of amanasalto
An LA native and art world veteran with experience working with Gagosian Gallery, Stephen Cohen gallery and others, the Director of Photo LA, Claudia James Bartlett, has experienced the growth in the LA art market firsthand. “Photo LA started with humble beginnings and has grown over the years. It started as a showcase for classic photo dealers to display wares and sell. Now Photo LA is very much a hybrid of what an art fair is. Because we are about a process, about a medium, rather than showcasing a range of different styles and media, we really bring together a community of photography and art. We strive to present what’s happening now and to foster new talent, a younger generation.”
Raffi Kalenderian, Dasha "Plants", 2014, Oil on canvas; At Art LA Contemporary / Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Photo: Robert Wedemeyer
At the end of January, from the 29th of the month to February 1, Art Los Angeles Contemporary takes over. Billed as “the international contemporary art fair of the West Coast,” ALAC has an exclusive focus on the contemporary, but throws its net wide, balancing both blue chip and emerging galleries, and representing international exhibitors whilst retaining a strong focus on LA-based organizations. Now in its sixth year, the fair takes place at the Barker Hangar, with its 40,000 square feet and soaring ceilings, where influential artists, critics, curators, and collectors alike can appreciate the rich array of contemporary art as well as a comprehensive programme of artist talks, curator tours, and panel discussions.
In addition to these three major fine art fairs, January also sees specialist offerings in the fields of antiques, jewelry, design, and artist books, as well as the independent newcomer, Paramount Ranch. Launched in 2014, the festival takes place on the 2,700 acre Western film set in the Malibu hills once owned by Paramount Studios, and provides an alternative take on the contemporary art fair. (You can check out our 2014 interview with the Paramount Ranch founders here.)
As 2015 progresses we can look forward to the Los Angeles Modernism Show in April and the third edition of Paris Photo LA in May. In early 2016 FIAC LA launches after a year delay intended to “provide both organizers and galleries sufficient time for optimal preparation.”
The longevity of fairs such as Photo LA and the LA Art Show prove that LA’s seemingly overnight transition into a contemporary art hub is in fact a long time in the making. The arrival of international art fairs such as FIAC and Paris Photo indicates great confidence in what is to come next, as does the increased participation by galleries from abroad.
LA Art Show
January 14–18, 2015
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
South Hall J & K
Opening Night Premiere Party, January 14, 8–11pm
The REEF/LA Mart, 1933 South Broadway
January 16–18, 2015
Opening Benefit Gala on January 15, 7–10pm
Los Angeles Jewelry, Antiques, Design
January 14–18, 2015
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
January 29–February 1
LA Art Book Fair
January 30–February 1, 2015
MOCA Geffen Contemporary
152 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Paris Photo | LA
May 1–3, 2015
Paramount Picture Studios
FIAC Los Angeles
Scheduled to launch 2016
(Image at top: Guo Jijian, God of War-4; At LA Art Show / Courtesy of CM2 Space)
Your Guide to Navigating Los Angeles Art Events on This Very Important Weekend
by Natalie Hegert
Posted by Natalie Hegert
| tags: parties LA art book fair paramount ranch LA art itinerary art fairs art los angeles contemporary art fair guide
Living in Los Angeles as an active member of the art scene involves making many choices on a weekly or even nightly basis. In other cities, where art spaces are packed tightly together in close proximity, it’s usually possible to hop around to visit a number of events on a given night, using public transportation or grabbing an Uber, no big deal. Los Angeles, on the other hand, is not one city: it is many. It is unimaginably spread out, and the vast distances between the different art enclaves generally prohibit one from hopping from one to the next in the same evening. Especially on weekdays when travel times can easily double or even triple in the face of rush hour traffic. So unless you’re traveling with a racecar driver, have a personal valet, or have a divine gift for finding parking, the best bet is to make a plan and target one area. With Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) this weekend, it’s time to get those plans in order. Here are your choices:
Thursday, January 29: Santa Monica OR Downtown L.A.?
Art Los Angeles Reader
Santa Monica: ALAC Opening Night Reception, 7–9pm. $60
If you’re itching to get the first peek at ALAC’s offerings and if you’re in the market to buy, you should attend the opening reception. Hans Ulrich Obrist will be there at 6:30pm for the ForYourArt-sponsored Artist Books and Cookies launch with Felipe Ehrenberg. And at 7:30, join writers Kate Wolf, Travis Diehl, Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal and other contributors to ALAC’s special publication, the Art Los Angeles Reader, for its release.
Downtown L.A.: LA Art Book Fair Preview, 6-9pm. $10
If you’re an art-book hound that can’t wait to get your hands on all the books, zines and merch available at the Book Fair, and/or you’re a fan of the bands NO AGE or Prince Rama, you should get thee to the Geffen Center for the opening night festivities. Performances that night start at 7pm and include the aforementioned music duos on the Courtyard Stage, and a screening of Black Radical Imagination Mixtape: a video and new media presentation curated by Amir George and Erin Christovale.
LA Art Book Fair, View of Gallery K, 2014
Friday, January 30: Again, Downtown L.A. OR Santa Monica?
Downtown L.A.: Art Book Fair, 12-7pm. Free.
On Friday you’re once again faced with the dilemma of east or west. Maybe if you went to the ALAC opening on Thursday, you’ll want to visit the Art Book Fair today, or vice versa. At the Art Book Fair on Friday you can see performances by Carmen Winant (My Life as a Man, 2pm), Rick Myers (Fragments of a failed bullet [A Bullet for Buñuel], 4pm), Johan Rosenmunthe (TECTONIC CRYSTAL HEALING, 5pm), and Ugly Duckling Presse’s Emergency INDEX, a document of performance practice and live performances by Angela Washko, Steve Chodoriwsky, GWC Investigators, Neha Choksi, and Am Schmidt (6pm), and musical performances by Lucky Dragons and many more.
After hours, skip over to 356 Mission from 7–9pm for a party celebrating the launch of books by Lisa Anne Auerbach, Eric Wesley, and David Benjamin Sherry, and others.
Glenn Kaino, A Shout Within a Storm, 2014, Installation view of Labyrinths, 2015 at Honor Fraser
Santa Monica: ALAC, 11-7pm. $22
Friday might be your day to explore ALAC. While there be sure to stop by Tif Sigfrids’ booth, where you will be greeted by an actual used-car dealer, there to sell you some paintings by Joe Sola. At 4pm Berlin-based curator Marc LeBlanc will show Passages, a screening of a series of videos by Keren Cytter, Alicja Kwade, Jon Rafman and more (part 2 screens on Saturday, again at 4pm). If you find time, you could fit in a quick trip over to nearby Culver City, where we highly recommend exhibitions by Glenn Kaino at Honor Fraser and Farrah Karapetian at Von Lintel Gallery.
Saturday, January 31: Mountains OR City?
Courtesy Paramount Ranch, Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Sabrina McGrew
Mountains: Paramount Ranch, 10-11am Preview (invite only, free), 11am-5pm. $5 (free for students)
Saturday marks the opening of Paramount Ranch. Set on an old Western movie set in the Agoura Hills, this is going to be at least an hour drive for everybody, no matter where you’re coming from (unless you live in Malibu or something). So spend the day! Enjoy the rugged scenery, the olde-timey sensibilities of your surroundings juxtaposed with cutting edge contemporary art. Now in its second year, Paramount Ranch has expanded its offerings, with 54 presentations by artist-run projects, non-for-profits, and galleries from as far away as Berlin and Tokyo.
Kim Gordon and Bill Nace of Body/Head
For your evening entertainment on Saturday, you might find yourself at the Getty for their free Saturday Nights at the Getty series. This particular Saturday, 7:30pm, you can see experimental electric guitar duo Body/Head (Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and noise musician Bill Nace). Hopefully you RSVP’d already or know someone who put in an RSVP, ‘cause that show has been “sold out” since it was announced.
City: If you decide to stay in the city, Saturday is when most of L.A.’s galleries celebrate exhibition openings. So you could potentially browse the fairs if you still need to, and then pick a couple openings to visit. But beware, don’t scatter your efforts too widely. Even though it’s Saturday and traffic likely won’t be much of an issue, parking still is. Our recommendation is to center around the Miracle Mile area, with the openings of Betty Woodman at David Kordansky Gallery and Michel Auder and Deanna Thompson at Kayne Griffin Corcoran.
Deanna Thompson and Michel Auder at Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Saturday night is the official afterparty for the LA Art Book Fair and Paramount Ranch at Jewel’s Catch One nightclub (4067 W Pico Blvd), with an amazing line up of performances by Tink, Future Brown, Juan Maclean, Peaking Lights, M. Geddes Gegras, D/P/I, Shena Shenai, and Awesome Tapes From Africa. Doors at 9pm. $15, tickets available here.
Sunday, February 1: Your Choice!
Haven’t made it to the Art Book Fair yet? Ready to make the trek out to Paramount Ranch? Missed ALAC until now? Sunday is the day to fill in the blanks in your art itinerary, purchase those last works of art or books you’ve been considering, or, if you’ve already sampled everything and made your buys, maybe visit a museum (LACMA’s Pierre Huyghe exhibition is still on, and there are some new shows at the Hammer). You could continue the Sonic Youth theme and see Thurston Moore play at the Art Book Fair (4pm). Or just take the day off and go get some Korean BBQ. You deserve it!
(Image at top: Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Barker Hangar Ceiling, 2013)
Copy ‘n’ Paste Micro-guide: Tweets for ALAC, Paramount Ranch, and the LA Art Book Fair
by Chelsea Rector
Posted by Chelsea Rector
| tags: ALAC paramount ranch Twitter art la contemporary LA art book fair LA art fairs art fairs
Art loving Angelenos, in advance of the busy weekend ahead of you, ArtSlant L.A. correspondent Chelsea Rector has prepared a tweetable index for your perusal. Consider it a micro-guide to L.A. fairs and art events. Or, better still, for the armchair tweeter, a copy 'n' paste, one-click template for socially mediating your week's art travels. Because wouldn't you rather be buying some art, reading some zines, or partying in the mountains than staring at your cell phone?
—Chelsea Rector (@crimpingiron)