Preview: The London Art Book Fair

The UK’s largest art book event returns for the sixth year on the weekend of 26-28 September. The Whitechapel Gallery’s 2014 edition of The London Art Book Fair has over 90 exhibitors from around the world showcasing thousands of artists’ books, catalogues, monographs, ‘zines, rare publications and brand new releases. 

The London Art Book Fair celebrates the best of international contemporary art publishing. Exhibitors include galleries, booksellers, colleges and leading publishers such as Hatje Cantz, Onestar Press, Ridinghouse and Thames and Hudson. Rare and unusual works from independent publishers, artists and presses such as Nobrow’s art comics introducing the work of talented international illustrators are also available, alongside a range of artists’ books from AMBruno, Onomatopee and others.

A packed events programme runs throughout the Fair with talks, screenings, book signings and performances by leading artists and writers. Highlights include Canadian artist, publisher and co-founder of the New York Art Book Fair AA Bronson on zine publishing; best-selling author Douglas Coupland on technology, language and identity; and a guide to understanding contemporary art with art critic and writer Ossian Ward and artists Pablo Bronstein, Jeremy Deller and Ruth Ewan.

Everyone can get involved with making their own books and graphics, with London-based designer ottoGraphic’s fun illustration session for families and book-binding workshops led by London Centre for Book Arts. Projects and performances running during the Fair include Unbinding the Book, a series of new commissions by publishing platform Blurb and visual arts studio Jotta exploring the future of the printed book. For the full programme of events visit londonartbookfair.org.

This year features Canada as a focus country in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, bringing a selection of the country’s presses, distributors, independent publishers and editions-makers to the UK for the first time.

Watch the video for The London Art Book Fair below.

We’ll be checking out Douglas Coupland: In Conversation, so watch this space for our review.

Main Image: Exhibitor Ditto Press