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Printed Matter presents the fourth annual LA Art Book Fair (LAABF), from February 11–14, 2016, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. A preview will be held on Thursday evening, February 11, 2016 from 6 to 9pm.

Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogues, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 300 international presses, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from over 20 countries.

Thursday night’s preview will include special musical performances by MOON UTERUS, Mel Shimkovitz aka DJ Macho Mel, Devendra Banhart aka DJ Devvy Downer, Amy von Harrington aka DJ penisgraffitiblacktooth, and CHRISTEENE.


This year’s LAABF includes a growing variety of exhibitors from zinesters (XE)ROX & PAPER + SCISSORS, who will once again take over the Geffen annex with more than 100 international artists and small presses, plus LAABF (and NY Art Book Fair) veteran, Friendly Fire, focused on the intersection of art and activism, which includes the Guerrilla Girls (NY), Visual Aids (NY), Women’s Center for Creative Work (LA), and Justseeds (NY), and so many more. This year’s fair features SPAIN FOCUS, curated by Libros Mutantes & La Casa Encendida.

LAABF will also host an array of programming and special projects. The LA Contemporary Artist’s Books Conference (CABC) returns with two days of conversations on emerging practices and issues within art-book culture, with a keynote address by Experimental Jetset, the independent Amsterdam-based graphic design studio. The Classroom is back for its third trip to the West Coast. Organized by David Senior of the The Museum of Modern Art Library.

Special exhibitions include an exploration of artist, musician, and writer Mason Williams during his years in Los Angeles in the 1960s presented by Alden Projects, a landmark exhibition of the LA hardcore punk photo fanzine, FER YOUz, published by Brian and Nikki Tucker from 1981–1983, and Kim Gordon will collaborate with Feeding Tube Records on a full space takeover that will recreate the essence of the seminal shop in the Gagosian Gallery booth.

Hours and Location

Preview: Thursday, February 11, 6–9 pm $10 preview ticket includes Entry Ticket Edition by artist Sigrid Calon, two “LA” enamel pins and a risograph card (while supplies last).

Friday February 12, 1pm–6pm
Saturday February 13, 11am–7pm
Sunday February 14, 11am–6pm

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is located at 152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Hyperallergic is proud to be the media sponsor.

Printed Matter is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to publications by artists.