Sorry I have been quiet lately. Between the NY Art Book Fair in
For those of you who are not able to attend the NY Art Book Fair, here are some of the highlights that you will be missing. I attended the opening night preview which for the measly twenty dollar ticket price got me full of complimentary Grolsch beer and Christiania Vodka (beer before liquor never sicker), the David Shrigley entrance ticket art edition and access to two whole floors of great art books.
The first of my purchases was a set of small (very small) booklets from a Danish artist named Jesper Fabricius. These are from a series of booklets named Kunsthaefte and consist of only 8 to 12 pages of images in hand-stitched bound books. I will be doing a posting about Jesper later, so I’ll save the content for then. I had seen a few of his books at Printed Matter about a week before the fair and bought all that they had. Printed Matter apparently sells out of them so quickly that I was only able to purchase four of an ongoing series of 14 books he periodically self publishes under the name Space Poetry. I contacted Jesper directly via his website and asked if he still had copies of all of the books including the early “issues” which he agreed to sent with a friend who was attending the fair.
Here’s the odd part, Jesper Fabricius sent the books with his friend named Jacob Fabricius from Pork Salad Press who is an exhibitor at the fair. When I met Jacob, I automatically assumed they, Jacob and Jesper, were perhaps brothers but that isn’t the case. I was informed that not only are they not related but that Fabricius is also not a common name in
The next pleasant discovery was of a gentleman from
Other interesting exhibitors on the first floor were Andrew Roth’s booth who most of you might know from his publication The Book of 101 Photo Books that was published a few years back. Spoonbill and Sugartown who is one of our hometown sellers from trendy Williamsburg Brooklyn was present with a selection of new and rare books. Anartist, who is an antiquarian bookseller with a great selection of titles; some affordable, some not. Librarie 213 from Paris who has an extremely fine collection of items in great condition that you will pay for the privilege of owning. Lots of Becher titles from both of those last two.
Lightreading, Inc. from
On the second floor notable exhibitors were Onestar Press out of
My other purchase from the night was from J & L. Jason Fulford and Leanne Shapton have what I think amounts to the coolest non-profit publishing company imaginable. Great design and interesting choices of work to feature, they consistently put out very affordable books that seem like they should be twice the price that they really are. Leanne was busy with a sideline of hand painted imaginary book covers (suggest a book title and she will create a painting version…she was working on J. G. Ballard’s Cocaine Nights when I was there). J & L has a new video release called appropriately J & L Video, of which I think they have more of those planned in the future. One recent book title that I bought from them was Darin Mickey’s Some Things I Gotta Remember Not to Forget which is a fine portrait in pictures of Darin’s father. I will be giving that book my full attention in a posting soon. These mentions are all just teasers, you’ll have to check back for the full treatment.
Lastly, Philip Aarons and AA Bronson of Printed Matter curated an excellent exhibit of Martin Kippenberger's artist books. Kippenberger created over 150 publications in his short life. Although I am still in the process of acclimating myself to Martin’s work, he is considered one of the most important book artists post Ed Ruscha and Sol Lewitt.
And the last of the “lastly’s” You all do remember that Saturday the 29th from 6 to 8 pm is the reception for the Sergio Larrain exhibition of books at the Eye Studio Gallery? Do I have to keep reminding you?