Saturday, September 20, 2014

Douglas Gordon turns 48 today

Bookclub at the Book Fair / Contest

I've just been putting together a powerpoint presentation where Bill Clarke, Roula Partheniou and myself will represent Bookclub (which also includes Micah Lexier, Derek McCormack, Paul Van Kooy, Michael Klein, Sarah Robya Sheridan, Derek Sullivan and Wendy Gomoll) at the London Art Book Fair next week. We'll talk about the origins and activities of the group, and share some favourite titles. There will be a Q&A afterwards, and some raffle prizes.

The event takes place at Whitechapel Gallery next Friday, the 26th of September from 3 to 4pm. Booking is required.

Above are some of our bookshelves. The fair is offering chance to win 10 Art Books by posting a photo of your own bookshelves to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #artbookshelfie. The fair will be selecting a winner in a prize draw on Monday 29 September. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 28 September, 6pm. It is a requirement of the contest that the books be collected personally, but if you happen to win I'm sure we could work something out...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Paul + Wendy Projects

In addition to our own books and multiples (including four or five we are launching there, depending on a shipment arriving today or not), we will have a number of editions by Paul+Wendy Projects at the London Art Book Fair next week, including works by Micah Lexier, Derek Sullivan, Sara MacKillop, David Shrigley, Michael Dumontier, and ourselves.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rosemarie Trockel | Moscow-Boston

Rosemarie Trockel
Boston, USA: Institute of Contemporary Art, 1991
3.75 x 4.25 x 1"
Edition of 37 (+3 AP) signed and numbered copies

Commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art for their "Limited Editions Series", this faux crocodile patterned leather Russian billfold was produced following the artist's first trip to the USSR, made with the staff of the ICA. The object included inside the wallet (pills, coins, bills, a coupon, a black and white photograph with a handwritten note, a postcard mailed from the US, a bill, a ticket, a hand-scrawled note, etc.) are intended to imply a narrative.

Available for $1594.53 from D&E Lake, here.

London Art Book Fair announces Martin Creed performance

"The London Art Book Fair 2014
Whitechapel Gallery

Opening night: Thursday 25 September 2014, 6pm

This free fair at the Whitechapel Gallery presents the best in international contemporary art publishing.

Browse artists’ books, rare art publications and catalogues from over 80 publishers. Enjoy a packed programme of talks and events over the weekend, including print and bookmaking workshops and signings by leading artists and authors.

The opening event of the London Art Book Fair will feature a live set by Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed. Treating the audience to a short performance of his catchy, humorous songs, Creed will kick-off a full weekend of performance, talks and workshops.

See the full exhibitor list, events programme and special projects at:

Opening: Thursday 25 September, 6-9pm (featuring a special live performance from Martin Creed)
Hours: Friday 26 September, 11am–9pm / Saturday 27 & Sunday 28, 11am–6pm

Follow us on Twitter @TheLABF"

- press release

Roula Partheniou & Joy Walker | Full Circle

Roula Partheniou & Joy Walker
Full Circle
Toronto, Canada: Canadian Art Foundation, 2014
13.5 x 13.5 cm
Edition of 1000

The Canadian Art Foundation's annual Gala Dinner and Auction is being held tonight at the Kool Haus in Toronto. Artists involved include John Armstrong, Dean Baldwin, BGL (representing Canada in Venice next year), Sarah Cale, Tammi Campbell, Greg Curnoe, Michel de Broin, David Harper, Spring Hurlbut, Eleanor King, Nestor Kruger, Arnaud Maggs, Ken Nicol, Laura Simon, Miles Stemp, Zin Taylor, and many, many others. Tickets for the event are $600, which includes cocktails, dinner, dancing and the live and silent auctions. Click here for information, or about absentee bidding.

Each year an artist is invited to produce the gala 'environment'. Previous artists have included Micah Lexier, An Te Liu, vsvsvs, Karen Azoulay, Jon Sasaki, John Oswald, etc. This year Joy Walker was invited, who proposed a collaboration with Roula Partheniou.

The pair address "colour, light and shape" with an ambient video, gobo light centrepieces and a limited edition artist book that collectively explore "perceptual shifts, pattern, states of flux and everyday objects at play."

The beautiful book comes housed in a foil-stamped card stock envelope and each spread presents a different shape, with a mirrored cover endpaper completing the first and last. Additionally, another simple shape sits in between the pages (poorly illustrated with the fast snapshots above).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014