Saturday, December 3, 2016

Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin 2016

The Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin 2016 opens next Friday, December 9th, at the Hamburger Bahnhof.

Billed as "Berlin as Europe’s premier event for contemporary artists’ books and periodicals by artists and art publishers", the event features over 160 international participants and a series of public programmes: discussions, readings, presentations, performances, and art works that "explore the perimeters of today’s art publishing."

The fair runs from the 9th to the 11th and admission is free. For more information, please visit the website, here: 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Holiday Recommendation Guest Posts

Each December I solicit gift  recommendations from artists, publishers, curators, poets, musicians, dealers, etc. These guest posts typically run throughout the month of December. They will begin tomorrow, with Sarah Bodman (the only contributor to participate every year, I believe).

Check out previous suggestions here:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Artists' Books and Multiples discounted

From Draw Down Books: 

Use the code YES to save 50% on Benjamin Critton’s “Yes Yes Yes Yes”.

From Siglio Press:

Use the code CHEERUP for 25% off trade titles and 10% of limited and signed editions. Use BOOKSFLYFREE for free shipping in the US.

From The Thing Quarterly:

DAVID SHRIGLEY TRAVEL WALLET:  $40  (normally $95)
DAVID KORTY CERAMIC DICE:  $35 (normally $65)

From Frog Peak Music:

Philip Corner. Ear Journeys: Water. Unpublished Editions. Cor01. $15
Philip Corner. Some Silences. Cor05. $36.

Open Studio Artist Proof Sale and 'Live Printing' tonight

Recently I was commissioned by Open Studio to create a silkscreen work that could be printed during tonight's Artist Proof sale, which features prints sold between $50 and $400 (as well as food, drinks, festivities, etc.). The work is produced in an edition of 25 (+artist, printer and publisher proof) and sells for $200 CDN.

Titled Substitute City, the print is an offshoot of a film project I've been working on for a couple of years now (now renamed Dead Ringer). It borrows the format of Thom Andersen's Los Angeles Plays Itself, but features clips from cinema and television where Toronto is the location but not the setting. Several recent works have sprung from this research - the C Magazine poster, the Born on a Train newspaper and (to a lesser degree) the Sunset Strip prints.

Substitute City is an altered transit map of Toronto, which includes fictional subway stops erected by American film and television crews.  The work owes a debt to Metro Net (a subway line that ran from Greece to the Yukon) by Martin Kippenberger, The Frozen North by Buster Keaton, and the various altered maps distributed by transit activists.

There's a close-up detail of the digital image above, followed by some of the stops (printed as the verso of the certificate). For more information, visit Open Studio's site, here:

Update: Some pics of Daryl Vocat and the preliminary printing:

Thanks to: Karen Azoulay, Jennifer Bhogal, Anna Gaby-Trotz, Wendy Gomoll, Michael Klein, Philip Monk, Roula Partheniou and Daryl Vocat.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Marina Abramovic turns 70 today

We Do Not Work Alone

Visit We Do Not Work Alone (Unusual Objects by Artists) at the Untitled Miami Art Fair this week. Prices range from five to seven-hundred dollars, for works by Claude Closky, Katerina Jebb, Mathieu Mercier, Elsa Werth and others.

Printed Matter Post-Election Statement

Printed Matter Post-Election Statement, sent out this morning via email:

Dear Friends,

The U.S. election has shaken our country and we have felt the deep impact it has had on so many within our own community: the artists and publishers that we represent, our staff, our customers, and our audience at large.

In the wake of the election, Printed Matter reaffirms its commitment to social and political justice and to free expression. We stand against all forms of bigotry and political oppression. And we reaffirm that Printed Matter is an open and inclusive space and welcomes all members of the public, regardless of gender, class, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, medical condition, physical or mental disability.

With new urgency, Printed Matter will continue to provide a physical and online space for the public to engage with activist and political publishing projects by artists. We encourage artists working with activist and political themes to submit their books to Printed Matter through our open submission program. And we are committed to develop Printed Matter as a platform to critique and challenge not only the incoming Trump administration, but the power systems that have made it possible.

We will continue to provide a forum where voices of dissent can speak freely and with amplification—and will support and encourage art that expresses both resistance and hope.

Thank you,

Max Schumann