International Fair of Artists' Books
and Contemporary Editions
9th edition Barcelona
3rd edition ARCOmadrid
April 21 to 23, 2018keyboard_arrow_right
Arts Santa Mònica Sant Jordi 2018
From 21st to 23rd April
February 21 to 25, 2018keyboard_arrow_right
ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair 2018
From 21st to 25th February
ArtsLibris, International Fair of Artists' Books and Contemporary Editions, is a meeting place for publishers operating in the fields of art, photography, design and the array of printed matter created by artists in the 20th and 21st centuries.
It aims to provide artists and publishers a place to present their publications and foster relations among collectors and the general public, with a view to igniting discussions on contemporary culture, promoting the presence of publications and artists on the international circuit, opening up the publishing market and, in short, reconnecting the arts and publishing with society.
Created and directed by the publisher and gallery owner Rocío Santa Cruz, right from its origins the fair has been based in Barcelona, home also to the Arts Santa Mònica. Centre de la Creativitat, that coincides with the festivities put on in April to mark Sant Jordi. In February, ArtsLibris is also held as part of the ARCOmadrid fair.
The fair’s increasingly international vocation has been strengthened by the surge of foreign exhibitors and the expertise of a qualified team of curators and professionals comprised by Glòria Picazo, art critic and independent curator, specialist in artists' books and Pedro Torres, curator and arts manager; and an international committee comprised by professionals involved in the past editions of the fair.
International Fair of Artists Books and Contemporary Edition
Consell de Cent 159, Principal C
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ArtsLibris is possible because of the close collaboration established between the Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya, through the Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals –ICEC– and Arts Santa Mònica, and the private cultural management company, Raíña Lupa, S.L. promotor of ArtsLibris. The main collaborators of the fair are the Ajuntament de Barcelona, the Institut Ramon Llull, the Fundación Banco Sabadell and La Vanguardia as associated press member.
Graphic design: Bildi
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:
Blueproject Foundation, Fun Fan Fest, Casa de Velázquez, Biblioteca de Catalunya, Centre d’art la Panera, Fundació Joan Miró, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Museu del Disseny de Barcelona, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Museu Picasso de Barcelona, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), Fundació Foto Colectania, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, ESDA Llotja, Bonart, Latamuda, Filaf, Tendencias del Mercado del Arte, Concreta, Club TR3SC, Museu Molí Paperer de Capellades, I am Nuria, Arrels Fundació, chic&basic, Hotel Indigo, FLIC Festival de Literatures i arts infantil i juvenil, Raima, Arume
ArtsLibris, International Fair of Artists' Books and Contemporary Edition, will hold its 9th edition from April 21st to 23rd at Arts Santa Mònica.
The ArtsLibris Barcelona 2018 program includes the 5th International Symposium on Editions and Collecting and the Speakers' Corner presentations, as well as the exhibition Biblioteques insòlites, curated by Glòria Picazo; the presentation of the fourth book of the AL Series, by Wilfredo Prieto, and several workshops. Besides, as every year, the ArtsLibris–Fundació Banc Sabadell Award will be granted.
Dates: April 21 to 23
Hours: from noon to 9 pm
Place: Arts Santa Mònica (La Rambla 7, 08002, Barcelona)
– Saturday April 21 and Monday April 23, free entrance
– Sunday April 22: 4 € general public
2 € concessions: students, unemployed, retired
Entry free to under -12s and subscribers of La Vanguardia
50% discount to members of TR3SC
Participating Exhibitors ArtsLibris Barcelona 2018
5th ArtsLibris International Symposium on Collecting and Editions
April 21 and 22
chaired by Glòria Picazo
April 21, 22 and 23
ArtsLibris 2018 will provide a dynamic and flexible space for debate, discussion, and exchange between authors, publishers and the general public. It will hold a continuous program over the three days of the fair, with presentations of projects, dialogues and talks by artists and publishers, chaired by Glòria Picazo.
Exhibition at Arts Santa Mònica
Curated by Glòria Picazo
From January 30 to April 23
Artists: Ignasi Aballí / ALIAS / Clara Boj/Diego Díaz / Fernando Bryce / Iñaki Bonillas / Antònia del Rio / Enric Farres-Duran / Dora Garcia / Javier Peñafiel / Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa / Francesc Ruiz / Oriol Vilanova
Arts Santa Mònica and ArtsLibris, in collaboration with La Casa Encendida, are pleased to present the exhibition Improbable Libraries, curated by Gloria Picazo. The basic premise of this show is the role of the library as a place that has been and remains a repository of the knowledge gathered and stored by human beings through the centuries.
We see the library as the story of a chimera, an illusion, a pipe dream, for if we view it as a container capable of holding the whole memory of the world, it will always end up being an "unattainable utopia". Yet there are many possible variations on that idea of the total library, and we can find them in libraries which, according to the rules and conventions long held sacred by library science professionals, would be considered personal, diverse, subjective, anarchical and uncommon.
Improbable Libraries is a single project that combines the idea of the "infinite library"—insatiable, ever-changing and always open to knowledge of every kind—with the contributions of contemporary artists who, from the late 1960s to the present day, have revised the notion of libraries, archives and books as inexhaustible sources of knowledge. The artists included in this project were chosen based on their profound interest in books and artist's editions, a creative format which, despite its apparent marginality, figures prominently in their aesthetic discourses.
If we consider the library as the space where all knowledge is concentrated, as the quintessential hub of culture and democracy since public libraries first began to appear in the mid-19th century, then we must inevitably explore this theme from a variety of different angles: the importance of the library as a physical, architectural space, the singularity of its bibliographic collections, but also the possibility of seeing it as a mental space, as envisioned by Jorge Luis Borges, a space where knowledge overflows and we are overwhelmed by doubts when confronted by the idea of that "infinite library", as old as time itself. Legendary libraries like that of Alexandria, private, subjective libraries like Michel de Montaigne's, utopian libraries like the 18th-century architectural projects of Étienne-Louis Boullée, and even the acceptance and questioning of the "cloud", that massive archive which gathers the mind-boggling amount of data generated by today's society, comprise the thought-provoking landscape that underpins this exhibition.
The selected artists present their complete corpus of artist's editions in this show, and each has been assigned a different exhibition space depending on how they want spectators to read and observe their editions. The project features a selection of "personal libraries" containing artist's editions, classic books, drawings and personal belongings—something similar to what we might find in our own libraries.
In middle of the exhibition itinerary, visitors will find our own particular "restricted reading room", the place where rare, valuable or forbidden books were once kept, visited only by bibliophiles. The "reading room" of Improbable Libraries contains publications by artists whose inventions gave new meaning to the concept of special editions in the 1960s and 70s, a genuine "bibliophile treasure trove".
Besides the exhibition at Arts Santa Mònica, Improbable Libraries has two outside interventions:
- At the Ateneu Barcelonès (C/ de la Canuda, 6) by Enric Farrés.
- At ELISAVA Escola Universitària de Disseny (Rambles, 30-32) by Francesc Ruiz.
Loophole, by Wilfredo Prieto
The AL Series, a publishing project by ArtsLibris, works in collaboration with the Fudanció Banc Sabadell and honours its annual commitment of releasing a limited edition of an artist’s book. This year’s publication will be by Wilfredo Prieto (Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, 1978), entitled Loophole.
2018: Wilfredo Prieto and Ignasi Aballí
ArtsLibris has two projects of limited editions: the AL Series, a collection of artists' books produced with the support of Fundación Banco Sabadell, and the limited edition of tote bags and gloves, sponsored by Blueproject Foundation and designed by Ignasi Aballí.
ArtsLibris Limited Edition 2018
by Ignasi Aballí
For the third year, ARCOmadrid acknowledges ArtsLibris Barcelona as the fair of reference for the Spanish community of publishers by including it in its annual promotion of the sector dealing in artist’s books.
ArtsLibris Barcelona thus features as an entire section of the ARCOmadrid program, a world-renowned event that attracts a very high attendance of visitors.
This collaboration provides an excellent opportunity give both emerging and established publishers a boost, especially as Barcelona is fast becoming a point of reference thanks to its increasing presence in the art book publishing sector.
In 2018, ArtsLibris Barcelona increases its spaces inside ARCOmadrid, occupying more than 400 m2, to show the work of 30 international publishing houses. The ArtsLibris space will also host a program of presentations of artist’s books, photobooks and publications with their authors and publishers.
General information about ARCOmadrid (days, hours, etc.) here.
List of Exhibitors ArtsLibris – ARCOmadrid 2018
20th Century Art Archives (Cambridge) | AHORA, Ediciones de Bibliofilia y Libros de Artista (Murcia) | Alias (México) | Archeles Ediciones de Arte (Madrid) | Arte-blogarte (Buenos Aires) | Brumaria (Madrid) | Casa de Velázquez (Madrid) | Carmen Alonso Libros (Santander) | Carmen Araujo Arte Ediciones (Caracas) | Consonni (Bilbao) | Danilo Montanari editore (Ravenna) | Editorial RM (Barcelona/Mexico) | Enciclopèdia Art (Barcelona) | Fanzinant (Madrid) | Instantes Gráficos (Buenos Aires) | Juan Naranjo Galería de Arte & Documentos (Barcelona) | L'Arengario Studio Bibliografico (Gussago) | La Rueda Distribución (Madrid) | Librería el Astillero (Cantabria) | Mercè Soler Paperworks (Barcelona) | Naranja Librería & Editorial (Santiago de Chile) | Nocapaper Books & More (Santander) | Pacabooks (Gijón) | Photosai (Madrid) | Proyecto arte EDICIONES (Valladolid) | Studio Montespecchio (Modena) | Tinta Invisible (Barcelona) | Tristan Barbarà (Barcelona) | William Allen Word & Image (London)
21, 22, 23 and 24 February
Wednesday February 21
Dramatised talk by Javier Peñafiel, with an introduction by curator Glòria Picazo, for the presentation of Teatro dentífrico, the third title of the AL Series, published on the occasion of ArtsLibris Barcelona 2017.
Virginia López presents the Pacabooks project and some of its publications: the artist's books Cotidianas, by Daniel Franco, and La memoria del pan, by Virginia López, and the catalogue Desde lo mínimo, by Nika López, alongside the artist Daniel Franco and Juan Llano Borbolla.
La Rueda Distribución presents Corea, by Alejandro S. Garrido, alongside the author and in conversation with Sara Fernández and Alberto Berzosa.
Thursday February 22
Blueproject Foundation presents the exhibition publication of Jose Dávila's, Every Blind Wondering Ends in a Circle, in conversation with the artist and Aurélien Le Genissel, art critic and independent curator (co-artistic director of the Blueproject Foundation, 2014-2018), and Cristina López Morcuende.
Consonni presents its two most recent editorial releases: Cómo hacer cosas con arte, by Dorothea von Hantelmann, professor of Art and Society at Bard College (Berlin), and El arte de la mediación, by curator and researcher Oriol Fontdevila, in the presence of both authors and chaired by Olga Fernández López.
Nocapaper Books & More presents Manifesto, a collection of manifestos by Contemporary Women Artists, with the presence of some of the featured artists: Paula Anta, Paloma Pájaro, Estefanía Martín Sáenz, Vicky Uslé, Sonia Navarro and Saelia Aparicio.
Friday February 23
Presentation of the new releases of Photosai: No longer human, by Naoki Fuku, co-published with SinArts (The Hague) and Swinton Gallery (Madrid), and Oishii, by Fernando Bellver, with the participation of Alfredo Mateos Paramio, Goyo Villasevil and the artists Naoki Fuku and Fernando Bellver.
The artist Ouka Leele (Bárbara Allende Gil de Biedma) presents her work from the bibliophilia collection Mi Don Quixote, accompanied by philologist and academic of the Spanish language Francisco Rico, writer of the prologue, and by Ángel Pina, editor of Ahora, Ediciones of Bibliofilia y Libros de Artista.
Manuel Segade, director of CA2M, presents the centre’s latest publications, -No sabíamos lo que hacíamos. Lecturas para una educación situada; and Miguel Trillo. Doble exposición; Coreografiar Exposiciones, Julia Spínola and Cuerpo político negro – accompanied by the centre's education team and the artists Miguel Trillo and Julia Spínola.
Saturday February 24
Instantes Gráficos and arte-blogarte present the collection of artists’ books Signo & Palabra, on conceptual artists from Argentina, including Horacio Zabala, Carlos Ginzburg, Leandro Katz, Luis Felipe Noe, Diego Melero, Alejandro Thorton, Alberto Mendez and Carla Rey, with the participation of Adriana Cora and Hugo Romero.
Presentation of the Invisualidad de la pintura, una historia de Giotto a Bruce Nauman, published by Brumaria, with its author Carlos Vidal and Luis Francisco Pérez, art critic and contemporary art theorist.
The curator Horacio Fernández presents a selection of the latest publications from Editorial RM on photobooks: Fotolibro Phenomenon, New York in photobook, Miserachs and Fotos & Libros, España 1905-1977.
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