LOS ANGELES — Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair is back in Los Angeles, bringing a dizzying number of programs and vendors to the Geffen Contemporary. For attendees looking for a diversion, five special exhibitor projects carve out unique spaces for play and commerce.
At Gagosian, a desktop record lathe is set up to produce limited run vinyl records for sale. Throughout the weekend, the space will press the latest record from artist Spencer Sweeney’s band I.U.D. in real time.
For fans of tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, Werkplaats Typografie offers Nonoki, a “Live Experience Role Play” (LERP) game whose mechanics seem as inscrutable as the fictional company that produces it. Whether it’s actually fun to play is hard to say, but the full board game set and individual game pieces are on sale for the adventurous.
Nearby, the Corita Art Center has mounted a small exhibition of the late artist and activist Corita Kent’s silkscreen prints and photographs, a nice segue into the adjacent Friendly Fire section of the fair that features small press editions focused on political and cultural activism. There, Paper Cuts, a collaboration between artists Sara Greenberger Rafferty and David Kennedy Cutler, has built a free-standing structure that doubles as exhibition space and vendor booth.
An excerpt from a new essay by artist Hito Steyerl, who has written in defense of the “poor” image, heralds the age of “first AIs, of poor, partially-developed artificial intelligences,” at the project space hosted by Anteism Books and Google’s Artists+Machine Intelligence (A+MI) program. “Poor” AIs are the creators of artworks in the project’s exhibition: paintings, photographs, and poetry made by increasingly sophisticated algorithms and machines. At a fair that still values the primacy of the handmade, it’s an interesting look at the ways in which authorship and creativity are being complicated in the face of technological advancements.
Printed Matter’s Los Angeles Art Book Fair 2019 continues at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles) through April 14.
Once denounced as “women’s work” with no artistic merit, embroidery is experiencing a revival, with a feminist punch.
Inspired by the journey made by the epic hero Homer’s Odyssey, a show at Villa Carmignac combines myth with contemporary issues.
This new kunsthaus in Potsdam shows modern and contemporary works of art from East Germany in what was once a terrace restaurant.
Courtney Stephens’s documentary on women’s travels from the 1920s to ’50s presents not just personal glimpses into daily life a century ago but also documents of colonialism.
Laura Larson’s City of Incurable Women draws from archival materials to speculate on the lives of women who were famously hospitalized for hysteria throughout history.
The Philadelphia organization offers artists on-site access to recovered materials, studio space, construction equipment, a $1,000 stipend, and more.
The company is asking users to verify their bank details via Plaid, a fintech company that recently settled a privacy class action lawsuit.
Each artist will receive $190,000 in cash and benefits from the Tulsa Artist Fellowship over a three-year period.
Drawn to Life at the Ackland in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, showcases 17th-century Dutch drawings of landscapes, portraits, preparatory studies, and biblical and historical scenes.
The 1,000-year-old Cañada de la Virgen ceremonial site will be protected from encroaching development.
A total of 24 board members stepped down from their posts after the art center’s parent company allegedly attempted to terminate 12 of their colleagues.
A group of artists and writers denounced the center for hosting Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the country’s former dictator.