My love of print began in elementary school with the Weekly Reader. Here was a magazine that tailored to my adolescent interests (pandas, weaving, outer space) and you could also buy books from it. Last night I checked out the opening of NYC bookstore Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair at MOCA and could barely contain myself. I mean, a museum that I love and you can buy books from it?
All kidding aside, the Art Book Fair is not to be missed. Rarely will you find such a diverse collection of art books, monographs, zines, screen prints and the like under one roof. Perusing the selections of the two-hundred-plus indie publishers, booksellers, international presses and collectors is somewhat exhausting but more so exhilarating. At one table I skimmed a forty-year-old Lawrence Weiner catalog from a show in Germany. At another I found sold-out back issues of The Thing Quarterly. (Mike Mills will be signing his issue on Sunday.)
All of MOCA’S nooks and crannies are maximized to their full potential by the various participants in the fair. Check out the Gagosian’s tribute to the late LA artist Mike Kelley in the form of a library reading room. I recharged by listening to local DJs from KChung radio who are tucked away in a sort of “chill lounge.” For even more relaxation, venture to the Sundown Schoolhouse Drop-In-Center, a cafe cum yoga lounge, knitting circle, nap space where you can get acquainted with the group before their upcoming program with the Hammer in March.
The impressively massive Zine World takes over MOCA’s largest wing and houses exhibitions by Raymond Pettibon, Dash Snow, Mark Gonzales, Ari Macopoulos and Christopher Russell. BOO-HOORAY hosts a Larry Clark Pop-Up_Shop featuring the filmmaker’s photographs, posters and film paraphernalia. The Zine World Theater is running live performances, artist conversations and film screenings all weekend.
There is truly something for everyone at Printed Matter, even if it’s just the cash bar and trusty food trucks outside. The LA Art Book Fair is a free event running this weekend only. Check here for the full schedule of events.
February 1–3, 2013
Friday 11AM – 5PM
Saturday and Sunday 11 AM – 6PM
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA