Conference — The seller, the publisher, the artist

Begin­nig on Octo­ber 15th, 2012 A plus A Slov­e­ni­an Exhib­i­tion Cen­ter of Venice presents The seller, the pub­lish­er, the artist — A small inquiry about artist’s books. Three con­fer­ences ded­ic­ated to the them­at­ic of edit­or­i­al inde­pend­ence and artists books…

A plus A Slov­e­ni­an Exhib­i­tion Cen­ter of Venice in col­lab­or­a­tion with Auto­mat­ic Books presents three con­fer­ences ded­ic­ated to the theme of the “artists book”, that will be explored through mul­tiple points of view thanks to the con­tri­bu­tion of pres­ti­gi­ous guests: the cur­at­or and pub­lish­er Cor­ne­lia Lauf, the artist Franco Vac­cari and the art col­lect­or Gior­gio Maf­fei.

To talk about the ‘artists book’ is today an inter­est­ing but com­plex theme, start­ing from its defin­i­tion. From years cur­at­ors and art his­tor­i­ans par­ti­cip­ate to this end­less diatribe ‘What is an artists book?’. This cycle of con­fer­ences looks for­wards to be a pre­cious occa­sion to look for an answer to this ques­tion, debat­ing with import­ant prot­ag­on­ists of this sec­tor whom, oth­er than col­lect­ing artists book, ded­ic­ated them­selves com­pletely to this media through exhib­i­tions, pub­lic­a­tions and events.
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The first con­fer­ence, that will occur Monday 15th Octo­ber 2012 at 6pm, will have as prot­ag­on­ist Cor­ne­lia Lauf, Amer­ic­an cur­at­or of Ger­man ori­gins with a pas­sion in pub­lish­ing. Cor­ne­lia is the co-founder of Three Star Books, a pub­lish­ing house that is spe­cial­ized in the real­iz­a­tion of edit­or­i­al pro­jects con­ceived as art works cre­ated in col­lab­or­a­tion with artists of the caliber of Maur­iz­io Cat­telan, Tobi­as Rehber­ger and Ryan Gander.
The 10th Novem­ber 2012 at 6pm will be the turn of Franco Vac­cari. Appre­ci­ated from the crit­ics, ready on the scene since the early six­ties, he par­ti­cip­ated to the Bien­nale of Venice in vari­ous occa­sions (1972, 1980, 1993 with per­son­al space and in 1995 with a col­lect­ive exhib­i­tion).
The 3rd Decem­ber 2012 at 6pm will speak Gior­gio Maf­fei, edit­or­i­al his­tor­i­an, art col­lect­or and seller of rare vin­tage artist books. He wrote numer­ous essays on the rela­tion­ship between the edit­or­i­al world and the art world, one of which is entitled “Il Libro D’Artista” pub­lished by Bonnard in 2003.

From Mari­netti to Cat­telan, voy­aging from con­cep­tu­al art to poor arts, the book had been used from artists of all époques not only as an express­ive media but as a real artist­ic object. Des­pite the increas­ing com­pu­ter­iz­a­tion of paper print­ing, we inter­na­tion­ally assist to a renewed interest for artist books as a rare objects, with lim­ited cir­cu­la­tion, self pro­duced and self pub­lished, to the point of becom­ing an art piece.
This phe­nomen­on devel­ops under the influ­ence of the col­lab­or­at­ive pre­dis­pos­i­tions of artists, authors, cur­at­ors and inde­pend­ent edit­ors, inter­ested to the book as express­ive form of the artist­ic prac­tice. In this moment of eco­nom­ic aus­ter­ity the artist book is also more fin­an­cially access­ible and it could become a cul­tur­al vehicle with­in everyone’s reach, a seed of dif­fu­sion for new artist­ic mean­ings.”
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Octo­ber 15th, 2012 at 6pm Cor­ne­lia Lauf
Novem­ber 10th, 2012 at 6pm Franco Vac­cari
Decem­ber 3rd, 2012 at 6pm Gior­gio Maf­fei