The London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery


The London Art Book Fair is the UK’s largest event dedicated to art books, attracting the biggest names in the field, major new releases and rare publications that can’t be found elsewhere.

Ed Atkins, the Gallery’s latest Writer in Residence, David Batchelor, Michael Bracewell, Louisa Buck, Dexter Dalwood, Tom Hunter and Simon Patterson are just some of the artists and authors included in a packed programme of discussions, film screenings and workshops over the weekend. The best art books of the year, shortlisted for the Arts Book Prize by an expert panel of judges including Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick OBE will also be announced.

With free admission and exclusive discounts, The London Art Book Fair offers the opportunity to view and buy the best art books at great prices.

Over 75 publishers will take part this year, including Black Dog Publishing, Coracle, Ditto Press, Fruitmarket Gallery, Four Corners Books, Hatje Cantz, Hayward Gallery, Laurence King, Lubok Verlag, The MIT Press, Revolver Books, Ridinghouse, South London Gallery, TBOOKS COLOGNE, Thames & Hudson, Valiz, White Fungus, Yale University Press and many more.

Highlights of The London Art Book Fair 2012:

  • Artist Tom Hunter contemplates the changing face of east London through photography and film. Saturday 3-4pm.
  • Known for her provocative photo collages in the 1970s, artist Penelope Slinger discusses surrealism, eroticism and feminism in her work with fellow artist Linder. Saturday 3.30-4.30pm.
  • Artistic Programmer and Producer at Sadler’s Wells Emma Gladstone presents extracts of performances from Dance, the latest in the Documents of Contemporary Art series. Sunday 12-1pm.
  • Designer Ken Kirton invites families to create a vegetable printing press, using natural inks and vegetable stamps to make books to take home. Saturday 12-2pm.
  • Curator Lisa Le Feuvre talks with designer Fraser Muggeridge about the relationship between books and sculpture. Saturday 1.30-2.30pm.
  • Writer Michael Bracewell, artist Dexter Dalwood and Young Kim (former collaborator with Malcolm McLaren, Manager of the Sex Pistols) discuss how the relationship between contemporary art and popular culture has changed. Sunday 3-4pm.
  • Artist Sophie Loss will be photographing visitors with books they are about to read, like or want to buy as part on an ongoing art project. Her images will be projected throughout the Fair.

Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery, said, ‘The London Art Book Fair promises to be as exciting and vibrant as ever this year. The fair will take over the entire gallery for three days, bringing together the most beautiful, collectible art publications from around the world alongside stimulating artist talks and events.’


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