About Edition Toronto
2 ⁄ edition is dedicated to the promotion of art book publishing in all forms, and building an appreciation for artworks produced in editions of more than one.
The 2 ⁄ edition Art Book Fair runs from Friday, October 28 to Monday, October 30, 2017 in conjunction with Art Toronto, Canada’s international art fair.
Last year, over 8,000 art and book enthusiasts visited 2 ⁄ edition, and perused a wide range of artist’s books, publications, editions and ephemera presented by local and international exhibitors.
New and return visitors to 2 ⁄ edition will find an expanded roster of vendors, and continue to have their eyes and minds opened to alternative ways of looking at and collecting art. A stimulating and engaging series of talks, panels and special exhibitions will also be presented throughout the weekend in conjunction with the fair’s programming partners.
Museum Publishing: Similarities & Differences in the United States and Canada
Presented by AGO & LACMA
Jim Shedden, Manager of Publishing at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Lisa Gabrielle Mark, Publisher at the Los Angeles County of Art, will provide an overview of their respective publishing programs, including non-traditional platforms, and discuss some of the challenges of museum publishing in Canada and the U.S.
Jim Shedden is the Manager of Publishing at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where he also occasionally curates film-related exhibitions, including the Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, currently on view at the AGO. In the 1990s, Shedden worked at the AGO as a film curator and performing arts programmer, before leaving for a 12 year stint at Bruce Mau Design. Shedden makes the occasional documentary film, and has written extensively on music, film, video, art, and design, published dozens of zines and small press publications, and has been involved in the artist-run scene in Toronto since the late 1980s. Shedden has recently published a book in the form of a poster that is really a zine, DIY Toronto, 1975-1989; is editing a book on Canadian avant-garde cinema; and recently co-founded ad hoc, an experimental film exhibition collective.
Lisa Gabrielle Mark is Publisher at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She was Director of Publications at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, from 2000–2010. She has written extensively about contemporary art and has edited numerous museum catalogues and artist monographs, including Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination (LACMA), Mike Kelley (Stedelijk Museum), WACK: Art and the Feminist Revolution (MOCA).
Momus Talks: Incredibly Strange Resistance
40 years of RE/Search Publications
RE/Search Publications was founded by V. Vale in 1977 out of San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore with a $200 loan from Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Over the subsequent four decades RE/Search became the essential source for pre-internet, punk, and counter-culture independent publishing. Based out of San Francisco, DIY strategies informed the voice and design of the publications, which take the form of tabloids, handbooks, textbooks, and zines, and feature interviews, ephemera, commissioned artwork, and literature. RE/Search was a vital early platform for many artists, writers, and performers who have gone on to exemplify experimental and punk practices including The Yes Men, Annie Sprinkle, Lydia Lunch, and George Kuchar. It was also an essential republication source for banned or out-of-print material by J.G. Ballard, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Octave Mirbeau. RE/Search publication’s catalogue provides on-the-ground portraits of underground cultural movements such a Noise music (The Industrial Culture Handbook, 1983), body art and ethnographic practices (Modern Primitives, 1989), feminist performance art (Angry Women, 1991), and independent publishing, (Zines Vol.1 and 2, 1996).
Curator and writer Lauren Wetmore presents Incredibly Strange Resistance: 40 years of RE/Search Publications, a history of RE/Search Publications featuring ephemera and footage from V. Vale’s archive. The lecture, followed by a Q&A with Momus publisher Sky Goodden, illuminates RE/Search Publication’s uncompromising practice of political and cultural resistance through DIY publishing – a unique position in North American art-house publishing and a vital perspective for the contemporary context.
Lauren Wetmore is a Canadian curator and writer based in Brussels. She has initiated and contributed to exhibitions, biennials, publications, and commissions internationally, working closely with artists in that space between the unstoppably abstract needs of an artwork and the immovably practical constraints of the world around it. As artistic and curatorial coordinator of Meeting Points 8, she contributed to the biennial of art from the Arab World, which took place at the Beirut Art Center (Beirut, 2017), La Loge (Brussels, 2016), and the Windsor Hotel (Cairo, 2016). As associate curator of Frieze Projects (London, 2014-2015) she co-commissioned twenty major new works in a variety of media by artists including Lutz Bacher, Rachel Rose, and Cerith Wyn Evans. As curatorial assistant to the 2013 Carnegie International (Pittsburgh, 2012-2014) she co-authored the biennial’s catalogue and oversaw its satellite public program The Apartment, with projects and presentations by over fifty international artists. As program coordinator of visual arts residencies at The Banff Centre (Banff, 2011), she produced Ragnar Kjartansson’s television spectacular Soiree TV. Her project The Conversation won the Encura curatorial residency at Fundació AAVC Hangar (Barcelona, 2015). Her writing has been published in C Magazine, Momus, and Spike Art Quarterly, among others, and she has contributed to publications including Xavier Cha: abduct (MOCA Cleveland, 2015) and These Are the Tools of the Present: Beirut – Cairo (Sternberg Press, 2017). Wetmore holds a MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University (Toronto, 2011) and a BA in Art History and Gender Studios from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, 2008).
by Kristin Nelson
These cups were woven by some of Riding Mountain National Park’s most stunning lakes. Kristin Nelson invites you to have a drink at the water cooler during Edition Toronto and help her in the continuation of a new art installation drink.
drink is an overt commentary on our precious natural resources and the effects of our consumer culture on them.
Born in Ajax Ontario, Kristin Nelson received her BFA in Visual Arts at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2003) and MFA at Concordia University (2014). Kristin completed a Canada Council International Residency at Artspace in Sydney Australia (2015) and has participated in a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts (2008). She has exhibited work in Canada at La musée régional de Rimouski, Idea Exchange (Cambridge), Skol (Montréal), Winnipeg Art Gallery, La Maison des artistes visuels francophone, Plug In ICA, Actual and RAW Gallery (Winnipeg). Her work has shown internationally at Museo Textil de Oaxaca in Oaxaca, México. Kristin is on the board of the Winnipeg Arts Council and has been a mentor for women identified artists at MAWA. She has served on the board of directors of the Manitoba Craft Council and the Manitoba Printmakers Association Inc. Her work is represented by Lisa Kehler Art + Projects is in the collections of Boralex, BMO, the Province of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
For more information about Toronto's International Art Book Fair, programming and how to exhibit, check out editiontoronto.com.