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The Social Life of the Book: castillo/corrales Bring Their Unique Take on Publishing to Frieze Projects   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
ÅYR, Lutz Bacher, castillo/corrales, Jeremy Herbert, Asad Raza, Rachel Rose at Frieze London October 14th - October 17th
Posted 10/15/15

Reading can be a very private pursuit. It requires solitary attention, time, focus: all the things you often don’t find in abundance at an art fair. As part of 2015’s Frieze Projects commissions, alongside works from Thea Djordjadze and Rachel Rose, castillo/corrales are bringing their DIY publishing spirit to a broader context, with newly commissioned texts and furniture for the booth, presented with a vinyl floor recreation of the typical Parisian social hangout: a passageway cafe. With... [more]

Why Collect Artist Books and Zines?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 7/22/15

“Ownership is the most intimate relationship that one can have to objects. Not that they come alive in him; it is he who lives in them.” —Walter Benjamin [1] Brooklyn-based publisher and curator Blonde Art Books recently organized its third annual Bushwick Art Book and Zine Fair (BABZ). A three-day event, BABZ featured a few dozen independent publishers hawking their goods, plus workshops and performances throughout the weekend. The presence of something like BABZ is no... [more]

Indie Book Week: Ten London Art Bookshops to Fall in Love with (and in)   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 6/22/15

If you’re on the dating circuit and don’t know this by now, you should: art bookshops—for lovers of art and writing—are pick-up joints. This fact is verified by a broader selection of friends having met potential dates in bookshops than I can keep track of. If you don’t believe me, try browsing by yourself in a bookshop on a Friday evening. Even the shyest people seem to pluck up the courage to start a conversation about a book. And I guess this is hardly surpris... [more]

Top 10 Booths to See at the LA Art Book Fair   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at MOCA Geffen Contemporary January 30th - February 1st
Posted 1/28/15

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 Conv... [more]

Doing It All: Young Galleries Get Ahead with Strong Research and Publishing Programs   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 12/16/14

Peckham's Arcadia Missa, founded by Rozsa Farkas with Tom Clark as assistant director and head of publishing, and Tenderpixel, founded by Etan Ilfeld with Borbála Soós as director and curator, are two broad and interesting London gallery projects worth getting to know. Both have evolved over the past few years beyond the typical gallery's scope, by pushing strong research collaborations and rigorous publishing programs. As such they both represent unconventional and expansive gallery m... [more]

Bibliophilia in Technophobia: A Dream Come True   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 11/20/13

The phenomenon of collecting loses its meaning as it loses its personal owner. –Walter Benjamin, “Unpacking my Library” Every artist should have a cheap line. It keeps art ordinary. –John Baldessari Let me tell you about a dream I had. It was a working-through, partially, of an 80’s era Twilight Zone I probably saw for the first time late at night on a television where there were still two knobs for UHF and VHF, re-ran on YouTube this past year. In the episode, words began to lose their m... [more]

Winding Down  
10/21/13 Posted 10/21/13

Screencap of a discarded draft on my style blog... [more]

Charles Bernstein  
at Kunsthalle Galapagos January 26th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 5/30/13

Elena Berriolo: Transcription of Piero Manzoni's Infinite Line with Sewing Machine Charles Bernstein Nothing could be more purely poetic than the line, so it is perhaps less a metaphor than usual to think of Elena Berriolo's performance as a reflection on the verse line. Charles Olson was once asked, how long is a line? He put his chalk to the board and ran a line to the end and continues, chalk in hand, to walk out of the room. Berriolo's work had something of that quality, tho... [more]

GEOslant with Legacy Russell:
FOUND: Peradam
9/16/12 Posted 9/16/12

When René Daumal wrote Le Mont Analogue: Roman d'aventures alpines, non euclidiennes et symboliquement authentiques (Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing) in 1952, it marked the first use of the word “peradam” in the history of literature. Peradam gestures toward the concept of an object that reveals itself only to those who seek to discover it. Le Mont Analogue details the tale of the discovery and exploration of a mountain that exists and cea... [more]

Talk of the Fairs - Books & More Books   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 12/2/11

“The bibliophile is the master of his books, the bibliomaniac their slave”, so goes the aphorism.[i] If you’re anything like me, you’re consistently on the verge of breaking through the onion-skin-, or papyrus-, or parchment-thin border between the two. And it’s not just about reading, no. There’s a certain lust involved, an orientation, let’s call it, towards the physicality of the cover and the pages, the form. There’s also a certain excitement involved in the idea of multiples, editions, press... [more]

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