The annual Silver Eye Book Fair includes a curated selection of innovative publishers and the launch of the new Spaces Corners Reading Room. The Book Fair celebrates artists creating beautiful, strange, and utterly unique photobooks. Browse the fair Friday and Saturday to build or start your collection and find holiday gifts for the art and photography lovers on your list.
Book Fair Hours
Friday 9 am - 3 pm
Saturday 9 am - 3 pm
Ours is a time of increasing political, cultural, and economic division. While the impulse to turn inward and interact with only those of like minds is strong, the creative class has every opportunity to resist that urge by bridging divides, building community, and bringing visibility to voices and efforts that are working to strengthen our shared visions for the future. Creative collaborations and artist collectives help to provide effective and sustainable models for building sound structures that serve to unify our regional, national, and global populations of varying needs and perspectives. This year's theme is an opportunity to think beyond the needs of the individual maker, gesture, or venue, in an effort to promote shared agency in utilizing the photographic medium as a tool for unifying group interests, bringing voice to underrepresented communities, and communicating the experiences of those on all sides of the divide.
CABF is an experiment in showcasing emerging directions and diverse legacies within small press arts publishing. Started in 2017 by No Coast (Aay Preston-Myint and Alexander Valentine), the fair features an international group of over 125 arts publishers, small presses, book artists, comics artists, zinemakers and printmakers, with onsite and satellite programming and after parties. We look forward to a third year of connecting artists and publishers with each other and to audiences in Chicago.
The Chicago Art Book Fair will once again convene at the historic Chicago Athletic Association, at 12 S. Michigan Avenue.
Cecil McDonald Jr will guide the audience in an exploration of how photographers, painters, writers, and designers have looked to social dance and club culture to depict the black experience. In context, he will share images from a forthcoming publication In the Heat of the Cool (Candor Arts), a meditation on celebration, in the pursuit of beauty.
Cecil McDonald, Jr uses photography, video, and text to explore the intersections of masculinity, familial relations, and the artistic and intellectual pursuits of black culture. McDonald studied fashion, house music, and dance club culture before receiving an MFA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor. He is a teaching artist for School Partnership for Art and Civic Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with works in the permanent collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Chicago Bank of America LaSalle Collection, and the Harris Bank Collection. He was awarded the Joyce Foundation Midwest Voices & Visions Award, the Artadia Award, 3Arts Teaching Artist Award and The Swiss Benevolent Society, Lucerne, Switzerland, Residency. In 2019, McDonald participated in The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artist-in-Residence program. In The Company of Black, his first comprehensive monograph published by Candor Arts, was shortlisted for First Photographic Book of the Year 2017, by The Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo.
Artist Talk Presented by Cecil McDonald, Jr
Date: Thursday, September 19
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel | 163 East Walton Place | Chicago, IL | 60611
Each day at the conference includes:
Workshops: Addressing a variety of genres and topics in writing, students will have the opportunity to participate in two workshops each day. Students will engage in writing exercises and focus on brainstorming and experimentation.
Keynotes: Acclaimed Chicago writers will read from their own work, discuss the writer's craft, and converse about the process of writing and publishing.
Panel Discussions: Writing professionals and enthusiasts come together to discuss topics of interest to writers of all levels and genres.
Literary Readings: Each day at the conference ends with a networking reception and literary reading.
Manuscript Consultations: For an additional fee, conference participants may meet individually with an instructor or panelist to discuss work sent in advance. More information can be found on the tuition and registration page.
Community: Join writers in a supportive community to share work and ideas with others who understand the passion for writing. Participants will receive constructive critique and encouragement from faculty and peers. This conference will help students gain inspiration, build confidence, and provide many networking opportunities.
Please join us at Visitor Welcome Center for the launch While nothing lasts,—a book of photographs by Edward Cushenberry.
BY EDWARD CUSHENBERRY
Essay by Oriana Koren
PUBLISHED BY CANDOR ARTS
Releasing at Visitor Welcome Center in Los Angeles on July 27 2019.
9.5" x 12.75" x .625", 120 pages, photographs and text printed on a HP Indigo 12000 HD.
Japanese silk cloth covers, foil stamped on front and spine, tipped in print on back.
Printed and bound in Chicago.
Cased and foil stamped at Candor Arts.
Special Edition of 10 (coming soon) designed by Matt Austin and Hannah Batsel.
WORDS FROM THE AUTHOR ON WHILE NOTHING LASTS,:
While nothing lasts, is a collection of intimate and sometimes intrusive photographs of my very close friends and family. This project started four years ago at a party, when I made a picture of my friend crying after she told me she wanted to break up with her boyfriend. After that night, I felt compelled to document every moment of my friends' and family's lives—the good and the bad. I wanted to do this to better understand how we collectively cope with life, love, heartbreak and death. Since this project began, I have seen friendships come and go, been witness to pursuits of love, moments of intimacy, joy, and self-reflection, seen rejected inhibitions, consequences of actions, loved ones facing their own mortality while lying in hospital beds. These moments have been lessons in how nothing really lasts, helping me to embrace life as it is. Throughout these experiences, I have found life to have a tendency to be beautiful.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Edward Cushenberry is a multidisciplinary artist who was born and raised in Orange County, CA. He now lives and works in Los Angeles, where he splits his time between photographing those who are close to him and drawing everything else that's going on in his world.
The exhibition Go Down Moses is guest curated by Teju Cole. An acclaimed writer, photographer, and critic, Cole is the former photography critic of the New York Times Magazine and is currently the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard University. This is his first major curatorial project.
Go Down Moses presents a reinterpretation of the MoCP’s permanent collection that can be understood as a visual tone poem of contemporary America, exploring elemental themes of movement, chaos, freedom, and hope. In doing so, Cole uses the photographic archive to interweave the past and present, suggesting an aesthetic approach to understanding the current psyche. He writes:
Questions of liberation tend to interleave the present and the past. What is happening now is instinctively assessed with the help of what happened before, and both despair and hope are tutored by memory. The old Negro spiritual “Go Down Moses,” beloved by Harriet Tubman and generations since, sought to link the black American freedom quest with the story of ancient Israel’s struggle to be free of Pharaoh’s bondage.
Humanity is on the move. The ground beneath our feet is shifting, the skies cannot be relied upon, and even our own bodies bear the marks of the strain. Everyone is longing to be free, and everyone is curious about whether hope is still possible. The photographic archive contains evidence that thus it ever was, that we have always lived in this urgency.
Through an intuitive sequence of photographs, in images soft and loud, this exhibition proposes a redefinition: that hope has nothing to do with mood or objective facts, but is rather a form of hospitality offered by those who are tired to those who are exhausted.
The MoCP is supported by Columbia College Chicago, the MoCP Advisory Board, the Museum Council, individuals, and private and corporate foundations. The 2018-2019 exhibition season is generously sponsored by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the Efroymson Family Fund, and the Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation. Go Down Moses has been generously underwritten by Lannan Foundation.
Please join us with Honey Pot Performance to celebrate the release of the second edition of Ma(s)king Her: Black Feminist Futures.
Featuring readings from Honey Pot Performance, special guests Stacey Gibson, Aymar Jean Christian, Jennifer Ligaya, Patricia Nguyen, and more!
Program begins at 6:30pm and will run for 35-40 minutes.
Ma(s)king Her (2016) is a dance theater work addressing the absence of women of color in speculative fiction as empowered future beings and journeywomen. Aligned with AfroSurrealism and Black feminist thought, this modern folktale emphasizing the urgency of creating alternative worlds and economies of value and need, particularly for women of color in a world that often subjugates their collective presence to silence and/or invisibility. The artist book documents the work. It includes the script with illustrations, contributed essays, artist reflections, and a workshop curriculum derived from the creative process.
By HONEY POT PERFORMANCE
PUBLISHED BY CANDOR ARTS
6.5" x 8" x .625"
Released: JANUARY 1, 2019.
Foil Stamped cover, spine, and back cover on soft-touch paper.
Second Edition paperback.
Edition of 200.
An annual, self-guided tour of printmaking production, publishing, exhibition and sales venues throughout the City of Chicago.
Organized by Spudnik Press Cooperative.
The Chicago Print Crawl offers a behind-the-scenes peek into Chicago’s vibrant printmaking industry. 38 eclectic printmaking venues throughout the city are inviting the public to stop by for a day of free activities including studio tours, print sales, hands-on art projects, gallery exhibitions, and printmaking demonstrations.
Chicago has been a hub for commercial printing since the late nineteenth century with dozens of mail order catalogs (Sears Roebuck and Co.), magazines (Time Magazine via RR Donnelley), and maps (Rand McNally) all produced in the area. While the printing industry has undergone tremendous change, the Third Coast continues to boast an impressive spectrum of print shops from private artist studios to commercial facilities to collectives and educational spaces. Some venues proudly house cast iron presses, tradition stone lithography, and analog processes. Other favor digital design, modern technology, or a blend of old and new. Connected to these distinctive production sites are a range of unique galleries, local businesses, and DIY spaces that bring printed items (i.e. stationary, fine art, books, posters, apparel, and more) to an audience of print-enthusiasts, art collectors, and anyone interested in craftsmanship and shopping local.
With open houses in neighborhoods from Evanston to McKinley Park and from Oak Park to Michigan Avenue, participants are invited to print their way through Chicago.
This event is free and open to the public.
The map may also be used as a guide to the print venues all year round, but call first to confirm hours and availability.
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Please join us for the release of deviant proposals: AN ANTI-BINARY JOURNAL compiled by Matthew Anderson.
Saturday, April 13th at Leiminspace gallery in Chinatown
7:30 pm - 10 pm
Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of deviant proposals: AN ANTI-BINARY JOURNAL, a book compiled by artist and filmmaker Matthew Anderson.
This book will be released in conjunction with the LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from April 11-14. You can find it at the Candor Arts table: L10.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Matthew Anderson’s deviant proposals: AN ANTI-BINARY JOURNAL is a collection of works by queer artists from around the globe. The project was born out of Anderson’s struggle to feel fully connected to the queer community in Los Angeles. By turning to his international peers, this journal came into existence. The project began when Anderson compiled “ruminations and provocations by queer persons with a deep need to act / think / feel in opposition to strict binary systems according to (but not limited by) sexuality, gender, performance or identity.” The numerous contributing artists were given the freedom to submit work in any written format focusing on pondering the many questions that may have crossed their paths in relation to anti-binary modes of life, and its inherent provocation of the existing mainstream narratives and discourse. Anderson’s artist book creates a physical space where different voices of queerness converse, coexist and thrive.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Matthew Anderson is an artist and filmmaker currently living and working in Los Angeles. His work centers around multiplicity of perspectives and queer experience. He is the creator of ‘deviant proposals’ and writer and director of the feature film Baja Come Down. His film work also includes short, experimental and documentary projects which have shown internationally across Europe, Australia, North and South America. He is co-creator of Shadow Kitchen, a Los Angeles filmmaker collaborative, and co-creator of the LA Cinema Calendar. He holds a BFA from Chapman University.
Image © Matthew Anderson
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS:
AMBROSE DUPREE (THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS AMBER DUPREE)
At this moment in time, Ambrose DuPree is a tiny but mighty Black queer
and genderqueer individual who is from and currently works in Columbus,
OH. They are also fortunate to consider (and want to thank) the many
friends, family, art and community spaces they’ve encountered around
the globe that they call home. They are a filmmaker by trade and an
operations wizard by practice.
Erin Pike is a queer performance artist and writer with a flair for the
feminist, political, and absurd. She is a Simon Rockower Award winner.
Holly M. Crawford is an artist, educator, and lycanthrope living and
working in Los Angeles. Holly works predominantly in collage and uses
found imagery and paper to explore play, magic, and identity. Holly has
exhibited at leiminspace in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Municipal Art
Gallery, The Main Museum, The Nomadic Werewolf Museum, and the
Maryland Institute College of Art.
Judit Kis is a an emerging artist based in Budapest and Berlin. She
received her MA Intermedia Art degree in 2015 at the Hungarian
University of Fine Arts, where she also graduated from Fine Art Theory
and Curating. She also attended Chelsea College of Art and Design and
participated in short residencies and workshops internationally.
In 2016 she had a solo show ‘I Have Never Happened’ at Topic in
Geneva and her works have exhibited in art galleries and institutions
in London, Berlin, Stuttgart, Aarhus and Tallinn. Her works explore
the possibilities of integrating her continuously constructed identity
into society and documenting the stretching of her boundaries when
presented with existential problems or emotionally difficult situations.
Her videos are illustrations of her writings, thoughts and personal
improvement. Her practice is not only a self-healing process, but it
also allows the audience to discover familiar patterns within their own
life experiences concerning human relations and love affairs.
Peter Kalisch is a visual/performance artist based in Los Angeles,
CA. His work attempts to point light to the postmodern condition of
disconnection from shared values, lived intimacy, human connection,
and our physical bodies. His relationship to performance as a medium
comes from the cathartic nature of reconnecting with his physical
vulnerability after a lifetime of upbringing in a first-world capitalist
environment. His work is an attempt at self-awareness and criticality,
an encouragement to others to remove themselves from the pattern
of self-victimization which is so apparent in our society. He promotes
authenticity, vulnerability, honesty and freedom, with an often political
and philosophical edge.
Rachel Elizabeth Jones is a writer and artist currently based in
Vermont. As a writer, she has contributed to publications including
Hyperallergic, The New Inquiry, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
As an artist, she works to create experience and exchange through
objects, with an inclination towards practices of gleaning, physical and
spiritual reclamation, and concepts of apocalypse. She is also a co-organizer
with nomadic curatorial initiative Overnight Projects.
Savio Debernardis is a multimedia artist and film director currently
living and working in Berlin. His work in essay, video-art, performance
and film, has been shown in institutions and festivals in Europe and
North America. He holds degrees in Art History and Archeology from
the University of Sorbonne Paris-IV, in Fine Art at the Ecole Nationale
Supérieure des Arts de Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC) and continues in studies
in film direction at the Konrad Wolf University of film in Babelsberg.
Valentin Noujaïm is a young filmmaker/screenwriter living in Paris,
with Lebanese and Egyptian roots. His work mostly includes fiction &
documentary narratives on 8mm, DV or digital media. His movies often
concern misfits in dystopian and fantastic worlds, always linked with
sexuality & race.
Candor Arts will be participating at the LA Art Book Fair, booth L10.
L10 Candor Arts is a small art book publisher in Chicago. We publish authors whose works derive from experience, offer therapeutic perspectives on learning and healing, and often address issues in American society. Many of our books are made by hand and designed in close collaboration with the authors.
Printed Matter’s 2019 LA Art Book Fair (LAABF) takes place on April 12–April 14, 2019 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Opening Night will be held on Thursday, April 11 from 6–9 pm.
Opening Night tickets are $20 and include a limited edition work by artist Jeffrey Cheung of Unity Press. The evening will feature live performances by Eartheater and special guests, presented by Mount Analog.
Ticket sales support Printed Matter’s year-round work of providing resources to artists and championing artists' books and publications through public programs and services including the NY and LA Art Book Fair.
Purchase Opening Night tickets here.
Initiated in 2013, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair (LAABF) is the companion fair to the NY Art Book Fair. Free and open to the public, the two fairs are among the leading international gatherings for the distribution of artists’ books, celebrating the full breadth of the art publishing community.
Held at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in downtown Los Angeles over three days, the 2019 LA Art Book Fair will host 390 exhibitors from 31 countries, including a broad range of artists and collectives, small presses, institutions, galleries, antiquarian booksellers, and distributors. The event draws more than 35,000 individuals including book lovers, collectors, artists, and art world professionals each year. With a commitment to diversity and representation, the fair will serve as a meeting place for an extended community of publishers and book enthusiasts, as well as a site for dialogue and exchange around all facets of arts publishing.
Food & Drink
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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
New Fundraising Editions
Printed Matter presents new limited-edition artworks by Jeffrey Cheung of Unity Press, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, and Ella Kruglyanskaya. Fundraising editions support Printed Matter’s year-round work of providing resources to artists and championing the artists' books and publications through programs and services including the NY and LA Art Book Fairs.
Over the course of four days, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair provides more than 100 free conversations, workshops, performances, and other artist-led programs. Fair programs also include curated exhibitor sections, publication-focused exhibitions, and signings and launches of new books.
Printed Matter would like to extend deep gratitude to the entire dedicated staff of MOCA, including Klaus Biesenbach, Kate Motonaga, Patrick Weber, Jill Davis, Sarah Lloyd Stifler, Amanda Hunt, Andy Kolar, Michelle Cho, Eva Seta, Woody Schofield, Sergio Ramirez, Jodi Shapiro, and Grace Kao. Special thanks to artists Jeffrey Cheung of Unity Press, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, and Ella Kruglyanskaya, for their generous contributions to Printed Matter's fundraising edition program. Thank you to LAABF 2019 supporters Cargo, David Schulman and Shapco Printing, Inc., Montez Radio, Mount Analog, Hyperallergic, Print All Over Me, the Ace Hotel, Bedrock.LA, Epidemic, Caveman Coffee, Food Truck Connection, and our other partners and in-kind sponsors. A very special thanks to AA Bronson, Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, and Printed Matter's full Board of Directors for their participation and support.
Printed Matter is indebted to Shannon Michael Cane (1974-2017), Curator of Fairs and Editions, for his significant contributions to the NY and LA Art Book Fairs. His impact on the artists’ book community was immense. He is remembered with admiration and affection.
LAABF 2019 Team
Sonel Breslav — Director of Fairs & Editions
Emmy Catedral — Fairs & Editions Coordinator
Sanjana Iyer — Fairs Assistant
Joshua Simon — Head of Installation
Lillian Wilkie — Head of Exhibitor Services
Simon Kilner — Head of Visitor Services
Noah Klein — Programs Production Coordinator
Garrick Gott — Head of Design & Print Production
John Tuite — Assistant Designer
The Photography Show Continues at Pier 94
One of the world's most prestigious annual photography events, The Photography Show is the longest-running and foremost exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium, offering a wide range of museum-quality work, including contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs as well as photo-based art, video, and new media.
Exhibitors from Around the World
The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) will hold the 39th edition of The Photography Show April 4-7, 2019, again at Pier 94. Nearly 100 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries will present a range of museum-quality work including contemporary, modern, and 19th century photographs, photo-based art, video, and new media. There will be an opening preview of the Show on April 3, 2019.
The Photography Show continues to feature galleries from around the world, including the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico, the Middle East, and South America. The Show offers work from both AIPAD members and new exhibitors, as well as younger galleries, and book dealers and publishers.
For the second year running, Foto Mercado is a 3-day exhibition and market celebrating the traditions and physical aspects of printed photography. Prints, zines and books will be on sale through local and national artists and vendors with an accompanying exhibition in the Gallery. Curated by Adam Jason Cohen and ZINEmercado (Oscar Arriola and CHema Skandal).
March 22nd: opening exhibition and preview party, 6–9pm.
March 23-24: market, 11am–6pm
Location: Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North
Over the course of seven years, artist and educator Cecil McDonald, Jr. photographed people he describes as “extraordinarily ordinary.” As the artist explains, “When it comes to Black people, America is fascinated with extreme poles: either showing victims of violence, pain, and poverty (Black misery) or famous athletes and entertainers, and icons of popular culture (Black exceptionalism). This false dichotomy denies Black people the individuality and full spectrum of humanity that is so readily offered to the white population in this country." The photographs of In the Company of Black live in the space between, including tender moments with McDonald's daughters, informal portraits of his friends and collaborators and references to music, art, history and popular culture.
Thursday, February 7, 12:15–1pm: Gallery Talk with Curator Greg Lunceford
Sunday, April 14, 2–5pm: Closing with House Music DJ
Each of Ka-Man Tse’s carefully orchestrated images suggests an oblique narrative. Her protagonists appear in quiet moments of introspection: A young woman leans contemplatively over the railing of a curved bridge. Two men embrace in a moment of connection contrasted against the imposing Hong Kong skyline, spiked with vertiginous towers. A gender-nonconforming individual regards themself in a mirror that doubles their likeness—suggesting the complexity of identity and that we all contain many selves. If each image offers a fragment of a narrative, rendered in luminous light and subtle casts of color, Tse’s series as a whole is grounded in concrete concerns.
The artist’s focus is on the intersection of Asian and Pacific Islander and LGBTQ communities. As she writes in her project statement, “In the contested and contingent spaces in the home, in the public realm, occupying a space and a conversation is an act. Possibilities start with small gestures, clear or coded. . . . They are made out of a need to occupy the landscape, space, and frame.” By using film and a view camera, Tse has chosen a slow, deliberative process. The care with which she makes her images and regards her subjects—who collaborate in the act of picture making—is self-evident. They appear luminous in their bedrooms or outside in New York and Hong Kong’s public spaces. Conversation is an act, yes. But here, in these restrained images, it is the act of framing and photographing her own community, on their own terms, as they wish to be seen, that brings her friends and subjects into incandescent visibility.
Ka-Man Tse is a photographer, video artist, and educator. She received an MFA from Yale University and a BA from Bard College, and has exhibited her work at the Lianzhou Foto Festival, Guangdong, China; Para Site and Lumenvisum, Hong Kong; the 2016 Hong Kong Contemporary Film Festival; and Videotage’s Both Sides Now III: Final Frontiers, in Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, and the UK. In the US, her work has been shown at the Museum of Chinese in America, New York; the Bronx Museum of the Arts; the New York Public Library; the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California; Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Capricious gallery, New York; the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center; the Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh; and the Eighth Veil, Los Angeles. Tse was a SPARC artist in residence through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and completed the Artist in the Marketplace Program through the Bronx Museum of the Arts. She is the recipient of the 2014–15 Robert Giard Fellowship, and a 2017–18 Yale University Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies Research Award. In spring 2018, her photographs were featured in Queering Space at Alfred University, Alfred, New York, and at the WMA Masters exhibition, Transition, in Hong Kong, and she is cocurating Daybreak: New Affirmations in Queer Photography at the Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York, opening in June 2018. Tse’s first monograph, narrow distances, will be published by Candor Arts in July 2018. She teaches at Yale University and Parsons. Visit her website at tsewhat.com.
About the Aperture Portfolio Prize
The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify high-quality work by new voices in contemporary photography. When choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, Aperture’s editorial and curatorial staff look for innovative bodies of work that haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.
Join us for a special celebration of photography books. Local photographers of note including Barbara Diener, Jess T. Dugan, Dave Jordano, Laura Letinsky, Cecil McDonald, Jr., Melissa Pinney, and Michael Schmelling will be at the MoCP to discuss and sign their newly released books.
The Chicago Art Book Fair began last year as an experiment in showcasing emerging directions and diverse legacies within small press arts publishing. The fair featured an international group of 125 arts publishers, small presses, book artists, comics artists, zinemakers and printmakers, with satellite programming and after parties. To our delight, our first effort made a splash with over 6,000 guests in attendance. In 2018, we look forward to bringing even more of Chicago's people together with another fantastic roster of artist vendors. The Chicago Art Book Fair will once again convene at the historic Chicago Athletic Association, and shall remain free and open to the public.
The annual Silver Eye Book Fair includes a curated selection of innovative publishers and the launch of the new Spaces Corners Reading Room. The Book Fair celebrates artists creating beautiful, strange, and utterly unique photobooks. Browse the fair Friday and Saturday to build or start your collection and find holiday gifts for the art and photography lovers on your list.
Fair Program, Sat, Nov 3
1pm Book Signing: Duane Michals, Empty New York
2pm Panel Discussion & Signing: Pittsburgh's Women Photobook Artists, Sue Abramson, Melissa Catanese, Anastasia Davis, and Alisha B. Wormsley
Book Fair Publishers & Artists
Candor Arts Candor Arts publishes books about life, learning, and healing. Operating on the basis of open and honest communication, the collective efforts of the organization are rooted in the support of its affiliated authors and collaborators. Specializing in handmade artist book editions, Candor Arts produces an expanding range of design and print projects driven by each artist's vision.
Deadbeat Club is an independent publishing group dedicated to the production of small run & limited edition publications rooted in contemporary photography, curated by Clint Woodside.
Flat Space Studio is a Durham, North Carolina based digital print studio and publishing imprint. We specialize in the creation of archival, museum quality prints on a range of material surfaces. Our other focus is on producing affordable, limited edition artist books. Flat Space was founded in 2015 by Ben Alper & Josh Shaw.
My Idea of Fun
My Idea of Fun is an art and music archive focused on digital preservation of media and work with roots in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Spaces Corners Founded in 2011, Spaces Corners is an artist-run bookstore and project space based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The bookstore stocks a rotating selection of new photography books from some of the world’s leading independent and small press publishing houses. In 2013, Spaces Corners launched it’s own imprint to further collaborate with artists, institutions and collections.
Sue Abramson/Fstop Gspot
During the Silver Eye book fair Sue Abramson will release her new book, A Woodlands Journal; a collection of photographs that follows her forty year relationship, with light, loss, chaos and place. Essay by David Oresick and book design by Elana Schlenker. Proceeds from the book sale support Silver Eye's exhibtions program. Her booth will also feature Fstop Gspot’s Speculum F**k tote bags express outrage and frustration towards attacks on women's reproductive rights. The profits from the sale of these items are donated to local and national reproductive health care organizations.
Studio Elana Schlenker
Studio Elana Schlenker is a multidisciplinary graphic design practice lead by Elana Schlenker. Collaborating with organizations, artists, and photographers they specialize in visual identities, interactive work, and printed matter. Beyond commissioned projects, they publish Gratuitous Type, an occasional magazine of graphic design featuring interviews and projects from leading creatives, and run Less Than 100, a traveling pop up shop dedicated to achieving gender wage parity.
Visual Studies Workshop Press
Founded by Joan Lyons in 1971, VSW Press has been foundational for the field of artists’ books through consistently publishing books by artists and providing resources for criticism and collections. VSW Press publishes books by artists, often in connection with work produced as part of our artist residency programs. Each title is made in collaboration with the artist in limited and open editions.
Wilt press is an art book press and music label run by Dylan Hausthorand and Paul Guilmoth on Peaks Island, Maine. They run a biannual-ish magazine called wilt that features regional and international artists that is widely distributed. They are currently in production with issue #3.
Zatara Press is an independent, small press, photography book publishing company created in 2014 by Andrew Fedynak, to give a voice to a variety of projects through the medium of unique “Artist’s Styled Photobooks.”
Artist Talk with Ka-Man Tse will be moderated by Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions, a book signing will follow.
Thursday November 1, 2018
Those who have pre-ordered / purchased a book can get in for free.
The Museum of Chinese in America
The museum is pay as you wish on the first Thursday evening of the month.
Free and open to the public, VABF is a multi-day festival of artists’ publishing featuring over one hundred local, national and international publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and artists’ projects.
Featured artists travel to Vancouver from across Canada and the globe, and produce everything from books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera to digital, performative or other experimental forms of publication.
Canada’s first art book fair, VABF is the longest-running international art book fair in the country. In 2017 the event is anticipated to attract more than 5,000 visitors from across the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond.
Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with prizes in three categories. The initial short-list selection was made by Christophe Wiesner, Artistic Director of Paris Photo; Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine; Lesley A. Martin, creative director of Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook Review; Joel Smith, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum; and Gregory Halpern, photographer and 2016 Winner of PhotoBook of the Year Award.
All the short-listed books are profiled in issue 013 of The PhotoBook Review, Aperture Foundation’s biannual publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook. The PhotoBook Review is available for free at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore and is mailed to all Aperture magazine subscribers.
The short-list exhibition also includes the winning books: Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin is the winner of $10,000 in the First PhotoBook category. New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century by Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom is the winner of the Photography Catalogue of the Year and Dayanita Singh’s Museum Bhavan is PhotoBook of the Year. A special mention goes to La Grieta (The Crack) by Carlos Spottorno and Guillermo Abril.
A jury in Paris selected this year’s winners: Florencia Giordana Braun, founder of Rolf Art gallery; Krzysztof Candrowicz, artistic director of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg; Mitch Epstein, award-winning photographer; Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland; and Cristiano Raimondi, head of development at the New National Museum of Monaco.
Read more about the winners.
Panel discussion with artist Cecil McDonald, Jr., and Candor Arts Director and co-founder Matt Austin. Candor Arts will have publications available for purchase and signing.
Please join us for the official release event of Twenty-Sixth of September Street, an artist book of drawings and photographs by Vidvuds Zviedris taken in Yemen between 2006-2007.
Ka-Man Tse describes her image-making as beginning from that tension between longing and belonging, place and placelessness. In her book narrow distances, published by Candor Arts, she is asking questions of home, identity, community, and subject-hood. What does it mean to look, who has the right to look, what does it mean to be seen? Tse’s photographs address a desire to negotiate multiple and diasporic identities and are made within the intersection of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and LGBTQ communities and made through a queer lens.
The photographs aim to establish a sense of possibility in the context of a contingent, post-colonial, pre-2047 Hong Kong in constant flux and transition. The book opens with images from the decommissioned airport, Kai Tak, and from those pictures, emerge the portraits. Possibilities start with small gestures, clear or coded. The project places the protagonists within and against the landscape. The portraits center those who are often marginalized and invisibilized, taking care of Hong Kong, each other and their own communities they have built, occupying and queering space, time, and gesture. In the contested and contingent spaces in the home, in the public realm, occupying a space and a conversation is an act.
Tse will be signing copies of narrow distances after the talk. Books will be available for sale.
Ka-Man Tse (b. Kowloon, Hong Kong) is a photographer, video artist, and educator. She received an MFA from Yale University and a BA from Bard College. She has exhibited her work at the Lianzhou Foto Festival in Guangdong, China; Para Site in Hong Kong, the 2016 Hong Kong Contemporary Film Festival, and Videotage’s Both Sides Now III – Final Frontiers in Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, and the U.K. U.S. shows include the Museum of Chinese in America in New York, NY, the Bronx Museum of the Arts; the Palm Springs Art Museum, Cornell University, Capricious Gallery, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and the Eighth Veil in Los Angeles. She has mounted solo shows at Lumenvisum in Hong Kong, the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA, and the New York Public Library, Mulberry Street Branch. She was a SPARC Artist-in-Residence through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and completed the Artist in the Marketplace Program through the Bronx Museum of Arts. She is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Robert Giard Fellowship and a 2017-2018 Research Award from Yale University Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies. Her photographs have appeared in Monocole, Papersafe Magazine, Newspaper, GR-09022017 published by Skreid in Oslo, Norway, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Capricious Magazine, O Magazine, Performa 07: Everywhere and All at Once, Salon, Huffington Post, Slate, Hyphen Magazine, Time Out New York, Time Out Hong Kong, and Ming Pao. Tse is the winner of the 2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize. She currently teaches at Yale University and at Parsons School of Design.
Filter Photo Festival is a multi-day celebration of photography that takes place every autumn in Chicago. Festival programming includes workshops, lectures, artist talks, exhibition receptions, and much more. The majority of events take place at the Festival’s hotel headquarters, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, and evening activities primarily take place at galleries and partner institutions around the city.
Portfolio reviews are a central element of the Festival. During a portfolio review an artist is able to share work directly with local, national, and international photography professionals, including gallery directors, curators, editors, and publishers. Emerging and established photographers are welcome to sign up for these twenty-minute, one-on-one sessions.
An important part of the Chicago arts community since 2009, Filter Photo Festival has hosted an impressive roster of established artists and photographers as Festival Keynote Speaker including Joel-Peter Witkin, Penelope Umbrico, Carrie Mae Weems, Debbie Flemming Caffrey, and John Chiara, among others.
EXPO Editions + Books showcases a cross-section of established and emerging artists. From limited editions to publications, the exhibitors offer a diverse array of print media and object-based practices that span across photography, sculpture, and monographs, and other multiples.
AMFM Presents FEAST - A festival in three courses for a cause.
Join us at Douglas Park for Feast, the third and final installament of this summer series festival!
Feast, an art, music and food festival will be the largest of the three!
Tamarie T. and The Elektra Kumpany
Ryan Alexander Foster
Selective Few Clothing
Just One Vintage
All Original by Aisha Oxley
Reformed School - Chicago
Briana Janee' Arts
Fashion show by: Sal So Groovy & Elly Jimenez
This event is sponsored by the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks and is free and open to the public.
Sound by Free Write Sound & Vision
Please join us for the opening reception of Cecil McDonald Jr.'s solo exhibition In the Company of Black at the University Galleries of Illinois State University.
Please join us for the first solo exhibition of Cecil McDonald, Jr.'s In the Company of Black.