Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair

January 22, 2013

The Hammer is participating in Printed Matter’s first annual LA Art Book Fair on Thursday, January 31 through Sunday, February 3 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Monique and Brooke from the Hammer Store will be on hand at the Hammer booth with a variety of our exhibition catalogues and other signature items. Here’s some info on the fair from Darin Klein, the Hammer’s public programs associate:

Since 1991, I have been producing, promoting, distributing and collecting independent publications. One of the first public programs I brought to the Hammer back in 2007 was ‘Zineland, featuring local exhibitors, live music, a panel moderated by Aaron Rose and an ice cream truck. As a four-time exhibitor in the seven years that Printed Matter has been producing the NY Art Book Fair, I am particularly pleased that Angelenos will get a chance to experience the many facets of that fair—right here in our own city!

Over 200 exhibitors from 20 countries will exhibit and sell the most diverse range of books and printed matter that anyone could hope to find under one roof. When you visit the fair (and you WILL visit the fair) you will see much more than just the following enticing attractions: the rare (modlit, LEADAPRON); the prolific and edgy (Nieves from Switzerland); the political (visit the Friendly Fires section of Zine World, the fair within the fair); the queer-centric (Little Joe from London, Dirty Looks from NYC, JIMMY from LA, and many more); and the scrappy (Noah Lyon, Cinders, etc.).

Alongside magazines like Capricious and Frieze, and institutions like the Dia Art Foundation and Werkplaats Typografie, be prepared to see some serious exhibition action as well as artist prints of all kinds. Vitrines will display a variety of contemporary and historical publications and ephemera, but you can also grab some artwork to take home from exhibitors including artist Eve Fowler and record label/printmakers Awesome Vistas (Awesome Vistas label founder Chris Johanson and collaborator Johanna Jackson currently have a commissioned furniture installation on view at the Hammer).

A full schedule of fair related programing will take place in two separate theaters. Public engagement, lectures, performances and screenings will no doubt enrich the experience. Whether your interests lie in fine or lowbrow arts, whether your wallet is overstuffed with 100 dollar bills or you’re down to your last few bucks—or even if you just want to say you were there when the first ever Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair touched down in our fine city—you won’t want to miss this.

--Darin Klein, public programs associate, Hammer Museum

Advisory Committee Member, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair

Printed Matter's LA ART BOOK FAIR

February 1-3, 2013

Opening: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 6–9PM

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Free and open to the public