Friday, October 3, 2014

Vasta PARIS October '14 Book Launch + Paper Show

Three Kats In Glasses: Gilles, Mirka and me, Paris 2013

With the success of the New York Art Book Fair last weekend just beginning to recede in my rear view mirror, I'm reworking some materiel for my luggage and heading off to the Paper Show at Champerret and to "officially" launch Hide And Seek with Mirka Lugosi and Gilles Berquet in Paris. I will be there for a longer than usual stay to accommodate the show, visiting all the usual suspects, prior to and after the show, and to promote Hide And Seek. I'll arrive on the 17th and be there through the end of the month. It's all happening soon and very exiting!!

Hide And Seek and all the other Mirka and Gilles books I have for sale are now available for purchase in my eBay store or you can contact me directly at the email below. Or if you prefer, you can order the book in Europe from Les Editions Derriere la Salle de Bain.

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Please join Mirka, Gilles and me to celebrate the Paris launch of Hide And Seek at the retail location for the publisher, Loco Editions, October 30th starting at 7pm. The bookshop is located at 6, rue Charles-François Dupuis, 75003 near the place de la Republique (metro: Temple or Republique). Otherwise, if you're in Paris email me. We can get together for drinks, coffee or meet at the paper show. Note that I will have a glass of milk and a dish on hand in Paris for a very special minette! 


Details about a few select art events/shows around town that I hope to catch. Running to  Tattooists - Tattooed at the Musee du quai Branly which closes 10.18; the Cartier Foundation opening 10.25 Musing On A Glass Box; need to finally get to the Pompidou for the huge survey Modernites Plurielles 1905~1970 as well as Marcel Duchamp La Pienture, meme and Robert Delaunay opening 10.15; not to be missed Sade Attacking the Sun at the Musee d'Orsay opening 10.14 brings together "...artworks influenced by the Divine Marquis", this will no doubt reignite discussions surrounding De Sade and his legacy and Niki de St.Phalle at the Grand Palais showing her cool and colorful pop art.


And finally, sad news from Paris today (10.7) of the death of Didier Grandsart, a colleague and friend in the art book and photographs trade for many years, after a long illness. Many knew Didier first and foremost for his physical presence, his big sonorous voice, his quick wit and smile, the seemingly never ending cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth and his incredible knowledge across disciplines and decades of the arts, photography and the cinema. He will be missed!

Didier and his wife Annie at the Salon de Vieux Papier at the Halles Freyssinet, February 2011 where we were both exhibiting in the "Espace de Photographies".

Annie sent an email today about his death and to announce that his ashes will be dispersed at the Jardin du Souvenir at the Père Lachaise cemetery, Friday the 10th at 2pm.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MoMA PS1 Art Book Fair ~ Scene at the Fair 2014

Four incredible days in Long Island City where an amazing variety of international artists, antiquarians, 'zinesters, publishers and booksellers once again descended on MoMA PS1. The New York Art Book Fair has become the not to be missed artist's book event in the world and at the moment, rivaled only by the show in Los Angeles, also produced by Printed Matter. 

A huge thanks goes out to all the Printed Matter crew, especially to show coordinator Jordan Nassar and show curator Shannon Michael Cane. See my previous post for the 
Vasta Images/Books stand.

Here is a glimpse of what I saw at the fair, some photos taken early in the morning prior to the arrival of thousands of attendees. No doubt there was an increase in this year's attendance as the pulse, the ebb and flow of people, never ceased. See you in Los Angeles in February!

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The Dome with Five Points in the background awaiting the wrecking ball. 
Just not right!

 Classics, jarred and preserved!

Looking down at the Werkplaats Typografie space

Shapes and structures

 Dieter Roth Literaturwurst 1969

 Second floor, the black room

 Very cool foam floored music room: please, no shoes!

 Shannon, show curator par excellence!

 8Ball (above) 'zine tent and Emma Kohlmann, watercolorist and 
artist's book publisher in the big 'zine tent.

 Oliver, one our first and favorite customers, all peace and 
burgundy colored!

My stand in the "I" gallery, as well as the stands of three colleagues

Kerry and Miles of Ampersand

Arthur Fornier and part of his incredible selection of counter culture 
magazines and newspapers setting-up.

 One of the original dealers of artist's books, Jean-Noel Herlin (right), who recognized the importance of art ephemera over 35 years ago.

Jan van der Donk (foreground) at the Maggs Bros. stand

 The Norwegian room...on to Bergen in November for their art book fair!

Frank exhibition in the (beautiful) boiler room


Vasta @ New York Art Book Fair 2014 MoMA PS1

Vasta Images/Books and Vasta Editions, presenting our first publication Hide And Seek, had an incredible fours days at Printed Matter's NYABF @ MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. Thanks to everyone who came to the fair, our old and new friends and colleagues, all the staff from Printed Matter (especially Jordan and Shannon), and to my stand manager Simon and assistants Annalisa and Lindsey. 

And thanks to the three dealers who shared the "I" gallery space with us: Arthur (Fornier Rare & Unusual), Louisa (20th Century Art Archives) and Miles and Kerry (Ampersand). We had a great time keeping the room set to "kool" all weekend ~ how did we get by previously without bluetooth! On to Paris in late October for the paper show (posting details soon) and looking forward to February '15 and the Los Angeles Art Book Fair. Click for the latest updates to my eBay listings.

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 Hide And Seek on it's maiden voyage. Cover model Tessa 
captured the imagination of fair goers and blew a few minds!

The right side vitrine was devoted to contemporary artist's books. The left side of the vitrine was devoted to Hide And Seek's top of the edition books and other work and publications by Gilles Berquet and Mirka Lugosi, the collaborators of Hide And Seek.

 Simon and Annalisa

 Left side vitrine was devoted to vintage nude and erotic material: books, 
periodicals, ephemera and photographs. Click for eBay store listings.

Simon, Lindsey and myself

Vitrine details...