No one would argue that the need for social and political activism is more urgent than ever before; that there are no small acts of resistance, and that every act of resistance counts; but they might argue what role the art world has to play in such acts.
What has a painting historically been, and what is it now? In her new book The Love of Painting: Genealogy of a Success Medium, art historian, critic, and educator Graw ruminates on Harrison’s paintings, and the work of Martin Kippenberger, Avery Singer, and Marcel Broodthaers, among others, tracing the origins of the medium, its evolution, and its enduring significance.
Disorienting and multi-layered with surrealist sensibilities: not the usual traits of a map, yet these are the mesmerizing qualities of the photographs published in Luigi Ghirri: The Map and The Territory. The catalogue accompanies the first retrospective exhibition, which will tour three locations across Europe, of 20th century Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri since his death in 1992.
I first met Sonel Breslav, Printed Matter’s new Director of Fairs and Editions, through the BABZ Fair (formerly known as the Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair) organized by Blonde Art Books, which she began in 2012 as a vehicle for self-published and small press art and poetry books. On the occasion of Printed Matter’s thirteenth Annual NY Art Book Fair (NYABF), I talked with Sonel about the rising interest in art books and fairs, the challenges of exhibiting books, and how to balance programming, display, and commerce at the fair.