LA ART BOOK FAIR 2017
Teen Angels Magazine, Kill Your Idols and Printed Matter proudly present TEEN ANGELS, an exhibition around the artist known as Teen Angel, who in 1977 began working full time as an artist and writer for Lowrider Magazine. His art graced the pages regularly and he soon became well known as ‘The Lowrider Artist’ amongst the underground Lowrider culture. This was a tumultuous time for Lowriders as they were not respected or accepted amongst mainstream society, yet Teen Angel had a way of depicting the Lifestyle in a fun whimsical way with his “Bubble Head” figures and colorful art. Not only was he a Lowrider Artist, but a Lowrider Historian as well - he had a regular column in Lowrider Magazine, Cruising into the Past, documenting the history of the Lowrider and Chicano Lifestyles. In 1981 he ventured into publishing on his own and started Teen Angels Magazine; with no constraints, he was able to create a magazine just the way he wanted. Much edgier than Lowrider Magazine, Teen Angels Magazine featured artwork, dedications, photographs, poems and articles all focusing on life in the streets of the Varrios of California and the Southwest. Where others saw blight and despair, Teen Angel saw beauty and life. His magazine gave a voice and an outlet to the young Chicanos in the Varrio, to the gangsters in prison and to young girls looking for love. Rejected by the larger chain stores, the only place to find Teen Angels Magazine was in liquor stores and the small mom-and-pop markets in the ‘hood’. Teen Angel went on to create over 200 issues which today are still highly collectable due to their rarity. He passed away in early 2015, but his legacy lives on through Teen Angels Magazine.
The exhibition will include original Teen Angels Magazine cover art, the entire collection of Teen Angels Magazine’s 200+ issues, artwork, model cars, miniature buildings and more, all created by Teen Angel himself, including many unpublished, never before-seen original pieces of artwork. In addition, there will be a new collaborative tattoo project featuring the artwork of Tamara Santibañez.
This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of LEVI’S.
Printed Matter and Anthology Editions present a selection of lithograph prints from the series Untitled (Designs for Colby Poster Co.) by Peter Coffin. Created in the house style of the Colby Poster Printing Co. – the LA-based print shop that churned out iconic "show print" posters from 1946 to 2012 – Coffin has stripped away the usual black text to create dreamy three-color gradients suggestive of LA's smog-lined sunsets. Since 2008, more than 75 artists, curators and musicians have devised fictitious concert line-ups at Coffin's invitation. These works are collected in Imaginary Concerts, a new publication by Peter Coffin released through Printed Matter and Anthology Editions, published to coincide with the LA Art Book Fair.
Boo-Hooray presents The Living Theatre Archive In A Box. Collecting half a century’s worth of materials that document the work of one of the most influential theatre troupes in American history, this assemblage publication is unique as the contents are original materials preserved by members of The Living Theatre. These posters, handbills, programs, and photographs were designed and produced by members of the theatre parallel to art movements of the time spanning the early 1950's through the 1990's. The Living Theatre Archive In A Box is a numbered edition of 200 that contains dozens of posters, handbills, pamphlets, programs, and photographs contained within a stenciled box. Boo-Hooray will stage A Living Collage in their booth for the duration of the fair and give away Living Theatre posters in exchange for donations supporting Printed Matter.
The Box will be showcasing a selection of work from the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS), an experimental music collective founded by artists and musicians in Pasadena, CA in the early 1970s. Continuously active for 40+ years, the LAFMS is an integral part of the underground noise, experimental sound, music and art scenes in Los Angeles. The Box’s project space will include historic photographs, home-made instruments, recordings, visual art works, posters, and other ephemera relating to the LAFMS. In addition to a display of archival objects and artworks, the exhibition includes new material from the recently released project, LAFMS BOX BOX, a 13 LP box set composed of live performances during a major exhibition surveying the history of the LAFMS at The Box in 2012.
David Zwirner Books is proud to present a project space dedicated to Donald Judd Writings, which features an extraordinary library table designed by this legendary American artist and on loan from his home in Marfa, Texas. Co-published with Judd Foundation and edited by the artist’s son, Flavin Judd, the book is a remarkable and comprehensive compilation of Donald Judd’s writings, spanning from 1958 to 1993. Included are hundreds of previously unpublished notes, along with letters, early graduate school papers, and his more well-known essays.
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Hours and Location
Preview: Thursday, February 11, 6–9 pm
Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR, free and open to
the public: Friday February 12, hours TBA
Saturday February 13, hours TBA
Sunday February 14, hours TBA
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012