April 12 – April 14, Printed Matter presents the 2019 LA Art Book Fair, at The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art (152 North Central Ave, Los Angeles). Together with the NY Art Book Fair, and free and open to the public, it is among the leading international gatherings for the distribution of artists’ books, celebrating the full breadth of the art publishing community. This year, the LA Art BookFair includes seven Dutch exhibitors: Dutch Independent Art Book Publishers, Knust/Extrapool, Onomatopee Projects, Roma Publications, Sigrid Calon, Valiz, and Werkplaats Typografie.
Thursday, April 11, 6–9pm
Friday, April 12, 1 pm–7 pm
Saturday, April 13, 11 am–7 pm
Sunday, April 14, 11 am–6 pm
DIABP is a collective of small independent Dutch publishers specialized in art, photography and artist books. They focus on bringing the best of Dutch self publishing into the international limelight on artbookfairs like Offprint (Paris and London) Tokyo and the NYABF (2016/2017).
Knust, in artist run organisation Extrapool, is specialized in stencilprinted matter since 1984, also known as Riso. The workspace is founded by and for artists and has its history in the squatmovement. They make posters, (maga)zines: A3 ( 50 colors) or A2; in commission, DIY (KnustinAGALAB) or within artist residencies.
Onomatopee Projects is a curating and editorially led public gallery. Inspired by a DIY-attitude and a hunger for critical elevation, they discuss and mediate a habitual visual sanctuary of pop culture, power and other environments of visual consciousnesses alike. Furthermore, they host progressive individuals, artist-run and institutional organisations.
Roma Publications is an Amsterdam based art publisher, founded in 1998 by graphic designer Roger Willems, and artists Mark Manders and Marc Nagtzaam. It is used as a platform to produce and distribute autonomous publications with a growing number of artists, institutions, writers and designers. Occasionally, Roma also curates exhibitions.
The work of Dutch visual artist Sigrid Calon balances between the thin line of applied and fine arts. She is interested in the language and autonomous value of textiles. In the identity of ‘things’. She fell in love with RISO while making her first book in 2012.
Valiz is an independent publisher on contemporary art, theory, critique and design. Our books offer critical reflection, interdisciplinary inspiration, and establish a connection between cultural disciplines and socio-political questions. We publish out of our commitment to content, social issues, artists, designers and authors.
The Werkplaats Typografie is a two-year graduate program in graphic design based in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The program is centered on assignments and self-initiated projects with lectures, seminars, meetings and readings geared towards self-accountable and independently motivated work and research.