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In New Artwork, Wafaa Bilal Enlists the Public to Rebuild a Destroyed Baghdad Library

by Andrea Alessi
During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad lost its entire library collection—some 70,000 books—when it was burned by looters. Today, 13 years later, faculty and students are still affected by this loss. The devastation of this and other libraries in 2003 recalls the destruction of another library: the Bayt al-Hikma, or House of Wisdom, a Baghdad institution that, at the height of the Islamic Golden Age, contained the largest collection of books... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 1/13/16
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The Social Life of the Book: castillo/corrales Bring Their Unique Take on Publishing to Frieze Projects

by Josie Thaddeus-Johns
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 an... [more]
Posted by Josie Thaddeus-Johns on 10/15/15
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Why Collect Artist Books and Zines?

by Joe Bucciero
“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 not particularly... [more]
Posted by Joe Bucciero on 7/22/15
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Indie Book Week: Ten London Art Bookshops to Fall in Love with (and in)

by Phoebe Stubbs
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 surprising. Books are conversations... [more]
Posted by Phoebe Stubbs on 6/22/15
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Top 10 Booths to See at the LA Art Book Fair

by Natalie Hegert
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... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 1/28/15
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Doing It All: Young Galleries Get Ahead with Strong Research and Publishing Programs

by Phoebe Stubbs
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 models... [more]
Posted by Phoebe Stubbs on 12/16/14
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Bibliophilia in Technophobia: A Dream Come True

by Mara Goldwyn
–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 meaning. The word “lunch,” for example, became “dinosaur,” and by the end of the... [more]
Posted by Mara Goldwyn on 11/20/13
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Talk of the Fairs - Books & More Books

by Mara Goldwyn
“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,... [more]
Posted by Mara Goldwyn on 12/2/11