The London Art Book Fair which takes place in September at the Whitechapel Gallery is celebrating the best of international contemporary art publishing. Returning for its fifth year the Fair will feature a diverse range of events, from printing workshops, screenings and readings to talks by leading artists and authors including Tacita Dean, Cornelia Parker and Luc Tuymans.
Major publishers including Thames & Hudson and Hatje Cantz will present their newest and most popular releases with exclusive discounts, alongside exhibitors such as Four Corners Books, who collaborate with contemporary artists including Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Donald Urquhart to re- interpret and illustrate famous novels; Colombian design studio and independent publishing house la silueta and Toronto-based Bywater Bros. Editions who produce contemporary artworks and books with artists including Richard Prince and David Shrigley.
Screening and Conversation: Tacita Dean Friday 13 September, 2–3.15pm, Zilkha Auditorium (Free) A screening of Tacita Dean’s film Michael Hamburger (2007), a moving, evocative portrait of the late poet and translator, filmed in his Suffolk home. Dean will also talk about her work and literary influences. Conversation: Cornelia Parker and Iwona Blazwick Friday 13 September, 4–5pm, Zilkha Auditorium (Free) Artist Cornelia Parker discusses the development of her career from the late 1970s to the present day with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery, and author of the first full monograph on Parker’s work. Children’s Workshop: ottoGraphic Saturday 14 September, 1–3pm, Creative Studio (Free) An art-making workshop with graphic artist and illustrator Otto, whose influences range from Russian Constructivist designs and Polish poster art to Renaissance painting. Suitable for children of all ages and their families. Readings and Discussion: Flash 500 Saturday 14 September, 12.30-1.30pm, Zilkha Auditorium (Free) Short readings of newly commissioned poetry, fiction and statements handpicked by artists’ publishers Akerman Daly. Talk: Luc Tuymans Saturday 14 September, 2–3pm, Zilkha Auditorium (Free) Launching the new series ON&BY, which presents key writings by and on the most significant artists in contemporary culture, Belgian artist Luc Tuymans talks about his work across painting, film and exhibition making. Screening and Conversation: Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks Saturday 14 September, 4–5.45pm, Zilkha Auditorium (Free) Stephen Farthing and Ed Webb-Ingall, editors of a new publication on the handmade sketchbooks of pioneering filmmaker Derek Jarman, in conversation with Whitechapel Gallery film curator Gareth Evans. Accompanied by a screening of Derek Jarman’s final film Glitterbug (1994). . Workshop: Ditto Press Sunday 15 September, 12–1.45pm; 2–3.45pm; 4–5.45pm, Creative Studio (£6) Cult print and publishing house Ditto Press lead a workshop teaching how to produce beautiful stencil prints using the Risograph technique. Take home at least five copies of your own print after the workshop.
Exhibitors at The London Art Book Fair 2013 include: ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative, Abrams & Chronicle Books, Akerman Daly, Altazimuth Press & Tom Paine Printing Press, Ambeck & Ensixteen Editions, AM Bruno, Andrew Malone, Art / Books, Artifice Books on Architecture, The Art Newspaper, Black Dog Publishing, bookRoom, Bywater Bros. Editions, Canterbury Press at University for the Creative Arts, Carolyn Trant & Parvenu Press, Chisato Tamabayashi, The Curved House, David Faithfull, Dewi Lewis Publishing, Ditto Press, Edinburgh College of Art Second Century Press, Einhand Press, Film and Video Umbrella, Four Corners Books, Fukt Magazine, Gimpel Fils, GOST Books, Hatje Cantz, Hayward Publishing, Hirmer Verlag, Idea Books, John Hansard Gallery, KALEID editions, KANN- verlag, la silueta, Live Art Development Agency, Marcus Campbell Art Books, Mark Pawson / Disinfotainment, The MIT Press, Onomatopee, ottoGraphic, Pedestrian Publishing, Phaidon Press, post editions, Redfoxpress, Red Sphinx, Reed Contemporary Books, REVUE NOIRE, Ridinghouse, Riflemaker, Sara Wicks, Sigrid Calon, South London Gallery, Thames & Hudson, Trolley Books, University of Chicago Press, Valiz, Visual Maniac, Welling School and Whitechapel Gallery.
The London Art Book Fair is open Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September from 11am–6pm. Opening Night: Thursday 12 September 6–9pm. Admission free.