five things you can’t miss at the la art book fair

From hardcore punk to Harmony Korine and all the zines in between, here’s your guide to getting literary in LA this weekend.

by Emily Manning
11 February 2016, 3:20pm

Back in September, the New York Art Book Fair rang in its 10th year of literary love at MoMA's Long Island City outpost, PS1. The crowds were bigger than ever (I spotted Susan Sarandon in a jumpsuit, nbd) and each booth brought its best art, music, and DIY spirit. This weekend, the annual celebration of all things print heads west, where literary nerds -- from major art book publishers to the zine scene's cut-and-paste kids -- will gather at MoCA Geffen Contemporary in LA's Little Tokyo. Before the fair opens to the public tomorrow, here are our five unmissable highlights.

FER YOUz: The L.A. Hardcore Archive: Punk might have been born in 70s England, but Los Angeles has a special history in hardcore music and culture. Drawing on methodologies learned from tribal art seminars at UCLA, Brian and Nikki Tucker set out to document Southern California's scene, when the Reagan era gave way to political and social upheaval. All 16 color mockups of the duo's seminal punk photozine, FER YOUz, will be on display at the book fair for the first time ever. The Tuckers have also curated a selection of hardcore punk manuscripts, printed documents, artworks, sound recordings, textiles, and over 8000 Kodachrome images drawn from their singular private collection. The duo will be hosting a conversation on February 13 with Marla C. Berns, Director of the Fowler Museum at UCLA, as well as special guests from the LA harcore community, including Keith Morris, Black Flag's founding vocalist.

Dirty Looks: The Book Fair fun continues after hours on Friday at The Standard Hotel Downtown, where bi-coastal queer film series Dirty Looks will celebrate the launch of its inaugural publication with a special screening of Jean-Paul Goude's One Man Show. The 1982 film is a collaboration with Grace Jones and blends her wild music videos with live concert footage documented during night club shows in New York and London. If you can't make it to the bash, the full film is available on Youtube in all its grainy VHS glory.

Harmony Korine, Untitled, 2012. Image courtesy Harper's Books

Harmony Korine's new drawings: Before opening an art show at the Gagosian Gallery's London outpost on Monday, we hadn't been hearing too much from the elusive iconoclast since he suited Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in neon bikinis and ski masks for his 2012 opus Spring Breakers. Word has it he's hard at work on The Trap -- a forthcoming film slated to star Benicio Del Toro and Robert Pattinson -- and is soon to open a project space in Nashville for his artwork. This weekend, rare publishing imprint Harper Books will present new drawings by Korine during the festivities.

House Plant Music: If you've been blasting Xiu Xiu's eerie rendition of "Only Girl in the World" around the house, it's time to switch things up. The experimental pop project has created a special cassette tape and booklet specifically for you and your plant friends to enjoy. House Plant Music is produced in a limited edition of 100, so get down to Geffen early -- your ferns will thank you.

Image via @303gallery

Kim Gordon's vinyl shop: The legendary former Sonic Youth frontwoman pays tribute to Feeding Tube, an avant-garde record outpost near her home in Northampton, Massachusetts. The LA native will celebrate the occasion with the launch of a new Body/Head release -- Gordon's collaborative project with improvisational noise guitarist Bill Nance. The record's sleeves were created by artists including Laura Owens, Jim Shaw, and and Gordon's longtime homegirl Rita Ackerman. Gordon also has her hand in another vinyl-related project at this year's fair: she worked on the cover art for Richard Prince's newly issued record Loud Song, a resurrected project originally cut in 1985. 


Text Emily Manning

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