PORTFOLIOS – Vaguely Contemporary, Jeremy Perrodeau, Larissa Kasper

August 31st, 2011

Vaguely Contemporary
Sara Hartman & John McCusker

Jeremy Perrodeau

Larissa Kasper

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Guerrilla Art Action Group (GAAG) & Discipline

August 30th, 2011

Guerrilla Art Action Group, 1969 – 1976 (reprint) & Discipline
Book Launch

In collaboration with Printed Matter and the Research Centre for Artists’ Publications at Weserburg – Museum of Modern Art, Kunstverein has republished the catalogue of the highly influential activist collective, Guerilla Art Action Group (GAAG). A precursor to radical artist groups such as Gran Fury and the Guerrilla Girls, GAAG’s activities began at a time when artists were increasingly challenging the conduct of museums and other institutions. Originally published in 1978, the publication documents the art actions by the Guerrilla Art Action Group between 1969 and 1976.

Kunstverein will simultaneously host the European launch of Discipline, a new periodical published from Melbourne. Collating many of the strongest critical voices and art practices in its region, the magazine suggests that what is needed in relation the current question of art is some discipline; the discipline to pause, to look, to read and to think.
On the occasion of Discipline’s launch, Kunstverein will additionally host a display of independent Australian art periodicals including such seminal titles as Lip, Art Network, Art & Text, On the Beach and Pataphysics. Key editorial figures for each publication will make a selection of editions for the display.

September 10, 2011, 6pm
Kunstverein, Amsterdam

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Again, A Time Machine – Part four

August 30th, 2011

Again, A Time Machine – Part four

Again, A Time Machine is a fluid tour of new commissions and archival presentations drawn from the 27 year history of Book Works, a London based contemporary visual art publisher. Reimagined as the work moves from venue to venue, the exhibition presents responses to a theme that plays with and inverts notions of time, archive and distribution, received pasts and possible futures. Participating artists play with words and images, generating ephemera, performances and a range of printed matter.

A conjucture of archive, spoken word, new commissions and distributive practices are realised for the fourth installment of Again, A Time Machine. Featuring Laure Prouvost, Dora García, The Happy Hypocrite, Jonathan Monk, Slavs and Tatars, and a Book Works archive.

The exhibition culminates in an Artists’ Book and Zine Fair on 8 October bringing together over twenty international publishers, artists’ projects and collectives.

Download presse release
Opening 15 September, 6–8pm
Exhibition September 16 – October 9, 2011
Spike Island, Bristol

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Print Culture: Dead or Alive!? – open call

August 30th, 2011

Print Culture: Dead or Alive!?

Dead or alive? No other branch predicts its own demise as often as the book industry. Yet despite the apodictic “book-is-dead” lament of many experts, countless new books are again being published this year.
Now, parallel to the Frankfurt Book Fair, a new event is being launched, dedicated to the printing of books and magazines. Self-publishing in design and art is the topic of this fair, with the title “First Issue – Dead or Alive”.

To participate in Print Culture, Dead or Alive?!: send a selection/program of your publications until September 18th 2011.

Posted in Art, Books, Graphic Design


August 29th, 2011

OASE new website: informations, news and downloadable PDF editions of older issues.

OASE is an independent, international, peer-reviewed journal for architecture that brings together academic discourse and the sensibilities of design practice. OASE advocates critical reflection in which the architectural project occupies a central position, yet is understood to be embedded in a wider cultural field. Intersections and affinities with other disciplines are explored in order to gain a more profound understanding of the practice and theory of architecture and rearticulate its disciplinary limits.

Books on Books – Christoph Schifferli

August 24th, 2011

Books on Books
curated by Christoph Schifferli

In conjunction with the New York Art Book Fair, the exhibition Books on Books offers an insight into Christoph Schifferli’s collection of artists’ books. The exhibition examines both the image of books and their representation in printed format. Installed so that viewers may page through and examine the works, the installation brings together three presentations of printed matter: the book as memory or documentation, as an image of itself, and as a representation of artwork.

Christoph Schifferli is a collector of photography and artists’ books. An important part of his collection is devoted to photographs related to cinema.

September 15 – October 30, 2011
Swiss Institute, New York

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Peter Downsbrough The Book(s)

August 23rd, 2011

Peter Downsbrough The Book(s)

On the occasion of the publication of the book: PETER DOWNSBROUGH: The Book(s) 1968-2010, Florence Loewy’s Bookstore organizes a retrospective exhibition, to discover or rediscover the work of this conceptual artist, who, since 1968 onwards, has published some 85 books. Peter Downsbrough belongs to the first generation of artists such as, Robert Barry, Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha and Allan Ruppersberg, who use the book as a real medium.

Peter Downsbrough considers the book as a volume, a space, using words as tools, combining them with a wide variety of graphic elements (lines, punctuation marks, plans, and maps), to constantly create new configurations. Very architectured, from the beginning, his work focuses mainly on the status of location and on the implication of locating something in relation to space and time.

The ensemble presented here, collected over the past twenty years, gives a true understanding of not only the importance of the book in the artist’s oeuvre, but also its perpetual renewal and enrichment, starting from what one might call a basic vocabulary.

September 10 – November 5, 2011
Florence Loewy, Paris

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Architecture et Typographie

August 23rd, 2011

Architecture et Typographie
Quelques approches historiques
Catherine de Smet, Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié, Jean-Marie Courant,
Olivier Deloignon, Alena Kubova-Gauché, Caroline Maniaque, Sonia de Puineuf

(…) Mené par trois enseignants, l’un à l’école d’art de Lyon et les deux autres à l’école d’art de Rennes, l’atelier « Architecture et Typographie » a réuni un groupe d’étudiants en design graphique issus des deux établissements, autour d’un projet éditorial commun.

À partir de deux journées d’étude organisées spécialement sur ce thème dans chacune des deux écoles, le travail de l’atelier a consisté à conduire une recherche éditoriale et à mener diverses expérimentations, afin de concevoir un ensemble d’ouvrages qui restitue les interventions des invités – historiens et théoriciens de l’architecture, de l’art ou de l’écriture. L’analyse de multiples objets est venue éclairer les relations entre architecture et typographie (…)

Le présent livre, qui reproduit les six conférences et constitue les actes des journées d’étude, est une oeuvre collective (…). Des arts de la mémoire aux Ways of Seeing de John Berger, de l’atlas Mnemosyne d’Aby Warburg aux expériences primées par le concours annuel des « plus beaux livres suisses », les rencontres de l’atelier se sont nourries d’exemples nombreux, afin d’examiner la variété et la richesse des modes de visualisation de la pensée que le livre et l’imprimé permettent de développer.

split/fountain newspaper (section 1)

August 19th, 2011

Vivre Sa Vie by Mylinh Trieu Nguyen

split/fountain newspaper (section 1)

There are 10,000 in each bundle, all destined for one of the most information-starved areas on the planet. They will get there with the help of helium gas, pumped from cylinders to fill giant plastic balloons, the vehicles for this exercise in paper bombardment. Each bag of leaflets has its own timing mechanism, readied to burst open at different intervals and scatter the information over a wide area. (As part of We Can Create)

Contributors: Henry Babbage, Emmet Byrne, James Goggin, Fiona Jack, Narrow Gauge, Richard Reid, onne terre, Mylinh Trieu Nguyen, We Should Practice, Blaine Western, Luke Willis Thompson

Launch August 25, 5.30pm
split/fountain, Auckland

Karel Martens – AIGA/NY

August 19th, 2011

Karel Martens lecture at AIGA/NY

In a special visit by one of the world’s most influential and beloved graphic designers and design teachers, Karel Martens will headline AIGA/NY’s fall season.

Martens has been practicing for fifty years and continues to create forward-looking and technologically ground-breaking work that is comfortable in the current moment but not consumed by it. He is a highly influential book designer but considers himself more broadly a “designer of the printed word.”…

September 7, 2011, 6.30pm
Parsons The New School, New York

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The Bears – Ben Critton

August 16th, 2011

The Bears is a book about Bears. It was begat from a series of encounters that occurred in the neighborhood of Chelsea, New York between July, 2008 and December, 2010. The book seeks to present a notion of bearishness by tracing back the subculture to its western American roots in lumberjacking, motorcycling and frontiersmanship. Using as its jump-off points the California state flag, the constellation of Ursa Major, and the phenomenon of the so-called Bear Code, The Bears goes on to delineate its author’s relationship to the animal itself, to the representations of (and cultural references to) that animal, and to the individuals that have co-opted that animal’s designation (‘Bear’). Topics include the Bears themselves (I), the Chicago Bears (II), Smokey the Bear (III), bear markets (IV), Gummi Bears (V), bear hugs (VI), the Elvis Presley song “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” (VII), Paddington Bear (VIII), Bear Scouts (IX) and The Care Bears (X).

The Bears is a book by Benjamin Critton and was Risograph-printed in Brooklyn, New York by Jesse Hlebo. It was assembled by hand and published in an edition of forty. It is rendered in two colours, pink and blue. The paperback, belly-banded book includes a series of ten small foldout posters accompanied by ten brief texts and a sixteen-page saddle-stitched booklet entitled The Dead Bears.

Launch August 19, 2011, 5–7 pm
Printed Matter, New York

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PiY – BoehmKobayashi & Preston is my Paris Workshops

August 12th, 2011

BoehmKobayashi (Oliver Sieber & Katja Stuke) & Preston is my Paris workshops,
during PiY – Publish it Yourself – an event focusing on self-published photobooks,
September 9-11, Maison d’art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur-Marne

Imagery Club VS. Suits with Boehm Kobayashi (Katja Stuke, Oliver Sieber), September 7-8.
This workshop will focus on the editing and lay out of a book.

Make it Yourself with Preston is My Paris (Adam Murray, Robert Parkinson), September 9-10.
This workshop will focus on the purpose of a project, from the idea to the edit, and lay out.

Yvonne Quirmbach – Anonymous Design

August 12th, 2011

Yvonne Quirmbach, Anonymous Design
incl. works by Cosima von Bonin, Matti Braun, Rosemarie Trockel,
as well as “Das Schaufenster des Sortimentbuchhändlers” (Stuttgart 1929)

“All the books by Yvonne Quirmbach from 1995 till now plus works by Rosemarie Trockel, Matti Braun and Cosima von Bonin, but these works are only there to give the context to Yvonne’s books. All the books will be presented in a special window-display, framed by a curtain by Matti Braun. Another set of the books will be inside in the space to read, look at, admire. Approximately 220 books will be on display.”

Picture: a shopfront near the batlic sea, a&o, alpha & omega, “das wesentliche, das wichtige einer sache”

August 19–September 10, 2011
Opening: August 18, 6 pm
New Jerseyy, Basel

Upcoming september

August 2nd, 2011

Open Books II – 9-21 Septembre 2011, Cneai, Paris

L’enjeu du projet itinérant Open Books, est de réfléchir à la représentation et à l’exposition de l’objet livre. À l’image de sa première version présentée au Royal College of Art à Londres, les curatrices du projet, Charlotte Cheetham & Sophie Demay proposent une selection de livres, de projets et d’installations autour de cette thématique. Présenté dans une scénographie pensée comme une réponse possible à cette dernière, Open Books est aussi un espace de réflexion qui accueille discussions et événements.
Si l’exposition aborde la monstration du livre via la forme imprimée, la publication Open Books, en plus d’assurer la médiation et l’archivage, approfondit le projet en l’augmentant d’un corpus de documents autour de l’exposition du livre ainsi que de textes de commissaires d’expositions, artistes et graphistes.

Les plus beaux livres suisses 2010 – 20 Septembre – 30 Octobre 2011,
Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris

Le Centre culturel suisse présente, dans sa librairie, les trente ouvrages récompensés lors du concours Les plus beaux livres suisses 2010. Ce concours annuel, organisé par l’Office fédéral de la culture, a pour objectif de mettre en valeur des publications au graphisme contemporain particulièrement significatif. Le jury évalue le design et la typographie, la qualité de l’impression et de la reliure, ainsi que les matériaux utilisés, privilégiant en particulier l’innovation et l’originalité. Vernissage en présence de Julia Born, une des lauréates 2010.

Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 – September 24 2011 – January 15 2012
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The V&A’s major autumn exhibition will be the first in-depth survey of art, design and architecture of the 1970s and 1980s, examining one of the most contentious phenomena in recent art and design history: Postmodernism. It will show how Postmodernism evolved from a provocative architectural movement in the early 1970s and rapidly went on to influence all areas of popular culture including art, film, music, graphics and fashion.

NY Art Book Fair – September 30–October 11, 2011, MoMA PS1, New York

Free and open to the public, and featuring more than 200 exhibitors, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, contemporary art catalogs and monographs, art periodicals, and artist zines. Exhibitors include international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and independent publishers from more than twenty countries.
The NY Art Book Fair 2011 will include special projects, screenings, book signings, and performances, throughout the weekend. The Classroom—a curated series of artist-led workshops, readings, and discussions—and the fifth annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference—a dynamic, two-day symposium on emerging practices and debates within art-book culture—will engage visitors in lively conversation all weekend long.

Upcoming october

August 2nd, 2011

Integrated2011 – October 13-14 2011, deSingel, Antwerp

Integrated2011 is more determined than ever to establish connections between graphic design and other artistic fields and disciplines. Integrated2011 is ambitious, inquisitive, eager to make use of a refreshing mix of images, ideas and words, with a view to uncovering the complexity of design and all processes of any kind which may occur in any creative discipline – such is the scope of Integrated.

Salon Light #8 – 21-23 octobre 2011, Point Éphémère, Paris

Chaque année, le Cneai organise le Salon Light au Point Ephémère à Paris, salon dédié à la micro-édition et à la publication d’artistes. Organisé sur trois jours, en parallèle de la FIAC, le salon s’anime des interventions des éditeurs et est rythmé par un programme de tables de recherches, la parution du Journal Salon light #8 et par la remise du prix «the publisher =».
?Décalée, économe et audacieuse, l’approche éditoriale des participants du Salon Light reflète une volonté de repenser l’objet imprimé, sa production et sa diffusion.
Pour l’édition 2011, le Salon Light renouvelle sa forme et développe un modèle de présentation des publications sous forme de display pour transformer le salon en un véritable espace d’exposition des pratiques éditoriales.

PA/PER VIEW @ Onomatopee project space – October 28-30 2011, Eindhoven

During dutch design week, in conjonction with onomatopee’s full design week programme.

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Playground Magazine – The Exchange Issue

August 2nd, 2011

Playground Magazine – The Exchange Issue

Designed by Joseph Hales and edited by Carianne Whitworth, Playground Magazine is pleased to present The Exchange Issue. Its features include interviews with IFS, Ltd, the Yale graduates whose collaborative publication was bartered for during the New York Art Book Fair; artist Rebecca Lennon, who covertly records the confused conversations between debt collection agencies after she has placed them on the phone to one another; and – skyping from the Miami Poetry Festival – illustrator Sam Winston, who reworks and exchanges the visual structures of archetypal texts. Further highlights include an essay on the Dutch tulip bubble, an explanation of how Karl Marx’s overcoat contributed to the creation of his seminal text Capital, and a currency created exclusively for this issue of Playground by designer Fraser Muggeridge.

PORTFOLIOS – Aniek Bleijenberg, Chris Nosenzo

August 1st, 2011

Aniek Bleijenberg

Chris Nosenzo

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