Fairs

Art fairs, book fairs, art book fairs, the Lambeth Country Fair, who doesn’t like a good fair? From spectacular events attracting the general public, to smaller, specialist or professional events, international or local, fairs are in vogue and significant from both economic and cultural perspectives.

Very firmly positioned in the commercial world, many art fairs have benefited in recent years from their transformation into curated events (Art Basel, Frieze, etc.), a phenomenon parallel to the proliferation of new ones, and sometimes referred to as “new fairism” (see, for instance, Paco Barragan’s The art fair age. Milan: Charta, 2008). This proliferation remains largely unchartered (New Exhibitions of Contemporary Art lists only around 30 in the dedicated section of its website) and poorly documented.

On The Age Of The Art Fair

http://magazine.saatchionline.com/culture/reviews/books/paco-barragan-on-the-age-of-the-art-fair

New Exhibitions of Contemporary Art: Fairs

http://www.newexhibitions.com/fairs

Art fairs operate in a globalised environment, with international brands, from Frieze to the Affordable Art Fair, joining those of local origin, clustering around certain cities and times of the year (e.g. October in London, March in New York, etc.), while diversifying their appeal (and market share) by targeting specific audiences, formats, etc. with new sections or whole new events (e.g. Frieze Masters, Art Basel Hong Kong, etc.) These are just a few of those of international significance:

Abu Dhabi Art

www.abudhabiartfair.ae

Affordable Art Fair

www.affordableartfair.com

ARCO

www.ifema.es/ferias/arco/default.html

Armory Show

www.thearmoryshow.com

Art Basel

www.artbasel.com

Art Brussels

www.artbrussels.be

Art Cologne

www.artcologne.com

Art Dubai

http://artdubai.ae

Art Fair Tokyo

http://artfairtokyo.com

Art Monaco

www.artemonaco.com

Art Paris

www.artparis.fr

Art Toronto

www.tiafair.com

Artissima

www.artissima.it

FIAC

www.fiac.com

Frieze

www.frieze.com

Muliplied

http://www.multipliedartfair.com

Paris Photo

www.parisphoto.fr

Pinta

www.pintaart.com

SH Contemporary

www.shcontemporary.info

Sunday

http://www.sunday-fair.com

Volta

www.voltashow.com

Zona Maco

www.zonamaco.com

Book fairs

Fairs have played historically an important role in the publishing trade (e.g. Frankfurt, London), with specialist ones, from antiquarian to zines, becoming ever more numerous and popular in recent years, and art book fairs are not an exception to this trend. From large international events, like the New York Art Book Fair (last weekend of September, tbc), to local student sales, art book fairs are a useful source of information on new and established publishers and their publications, often offering the opportunity to meet authors, editors and artists, and to learn about new developments, ideas and even scholarship. The Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference (run by ARLIS/NY since 2008) and the events programme of the NYABF are of particular significance, but many other art book fairs offer a range of talks, readings, discussions, etc. that greatly enhance their value and interest. Printed Matter, organiser of the NYABF, have recently launched the inaugural Los Angeles Art Book Fair (MOCA, 1-3 February). It joins on the North American west coast the Vancouver Art/Book Fair, which held its first edition last October, and the established book arts fair Codex. On the opposite side of the continent, the first Montreal Art Book Fair will take place in the Spring, while the New York based Editions/Artists Books Fair (E/AB Fair) was held in January. You can read a recent interview with AA Bronson, ex-president of Printed Matter (also founder of Art Metropole, etc.) and main force behind the NY and LA art book fairs, where he discusses his views on art publishing, and announces his retirement from the fairs -or not: “who knows, maybe I’ll do an art book fair in Berlin”, in the Opening Ceremony Blog (1/2/2013).

Frankfurt Book Fair

www.buchmesse.de/en/fbf

London Book Fair

www.londonbookfair.co.uk

New York Art Book Fair

http://nyartbookfair.com

Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference

http://nyartbookfair.com/conference

Los Angeles Art Book Fair

http://laartbookfair.net

Vancouver Art/Book Fair

www.vancouverartbookfair.com

Codex International Book Fair

www.codexfoundation.org

Montreal Art Book Fair

www.montrealartbookfair.org

EAB Fair

www.eabfair.com

Opening Ceremony Blog: “LA Art Book Fair: an interview with founder AA Bronson”

www.openingceremony.us/entry.asp?pid=7228

Closer to home, in London, new events keep enriching what must be the busiest art book fair calendar anywhere in the world, including the revived and always seriously fun Publish and Be Damned, now resident at the ICA (2 March); the rapidly growing in size and stature Copeland Book Market (18-21 July); Kaleid 2013 (20 July); the London Art Book Fair (13-15 September), the largest event of its kind in the UK and possibly in Europe, held at the Whitechapel Gallery; the parallel -but independent- Artists Books Weekend (12-15 September); and, unconfirmed yet for 2013, but normally held in November, the Small Publishers Fair, organised by RGAP (Research Group for Artists Publications); and Handmade and Bound. Elsewhere in the UK, established artists’ books fairs are held in Leeds (8-9 March), Bristol (20-21 April), Norwich (24 May), Glasgow (tbc 2014), Liverpool (tbc) and Manchester (tbc), among others.

Publish and Be Damned

www.publishandbedamned.org

Copeland Book Market

www.copelandbookmarket.com

Kaleid 2013

www.kaleideditions.com

London Art Book Fair

www.whitechapelgallery.org/book-fair/the-london-art-book-fair

Artists Books Weekend

http://artistbooksweekend.wordpress.com

Small Publishers Fair

www.rgap.co.uk/spf.php

Handmade and Bound

www.handmadeandbound.com

International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair (Leeds)

www.leedsartbookfair.com

BABE (Bristol)

www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/events/details/1587

Turn the page (Norwich)

http://turnthepage.org.uk

Glasgow International Artists Bookfair

www.giab.org.uk

Liverpool Artists’ Book Fair

www.thebluecoat.org.uk/events/view/events/1491

Manchester Artists Book Fair

www.hotbedpress.org/manchester-artists-book-fair

After some years of relative decline and discontinued events (e.g. ArtistBook International), European art book fairs seem also to be enjoying renewed interest with new -often younger- publics, artists and publishers. The range of these fairs, often smaller and independent, sometimes ephemeral, includes (current only):

About (Mainz)

www.aboutabout.de

The Book Affair (Venice)

www.thebookaffair.org

C/O Berlin Book Days

www.co-berlin.info/program/book-days

Dublin Art Book Fair

www.templebargallery.com/gallery/exhibition/dublin-art-book-fair-2012

Farenheit 39 (Ravenna)

www.fahrenheit39.com

Independent Publishing Cologne

www.facebook.com/IndependentPublishingCologne

I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel

www.ineverread.com

Libros Mutantes (Madrid)

http://librosmutantes.com

Kioosk (Cracow)

www.kioosk.pl

Mainzer Minipressen-Messe (Mainz)

http://en.minipresse.de

Miss Read (Berlin)

www.missread.net

Offprint Amsterdam / Amsterdam Art Book Fair

http://cargocollective.com/Offprint-Projects/OFFPRINT-AMSTERDAM-2012

Offprint (Paris)

www.offprintparis.com

Pa/per View (Brussels, and itinerant European iterations)

www.paperviewartbookfair.org

Salon Light (Paris)

www.cneai.com/salon_light

Zine*Fair (Vienna)

http://www.kunsthallewien.at/cgi-bin/event/event.pl?id=4814&lang=en

 

[Grandal Montero, G. (2013) Resources online: Fairs. ARLIS News-sheet, no. 222, March-April, pp. 3-4.]

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