Opening Event: November 5, 7pm, admission $5
Warren Lehrer – A LIFE IN BOOKS: MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE/READING
Fair Preview: November 6, 6-9pm
November 7 and 8, 12-6pm
After the success of its inaugural year, CENTRAL BOOKING, the Lower East Side gallery specializing in artist’s books, is bringing back Buy the Book Fair as a yearly event. As an official event of the New York Fine Art Print Week, organized by the International Fine Print Dealers Association, Buy the Book Fair features print and the artist’s book, with exhibitors from around the country and the world in an intimate gallery setting. Last year there was nothing but kudos for the diversity and quality of all the exhibitors and ongoing demonstrations/participatory events. Not to mention the opportunity to view what is new at CENTRAL BOOKING. Participants this year include: Akua Inks/Speedball (New York/North Carolina), AIR Gallery (New York), Don Burmeister – Burst387 (New York), Fuse Works (New York), The Iowa Foil Printing Workshop/Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (Iowa/New York), Marie Marcano (Miami/Venezuela), Sandra March (Barcelona/Miami), Max Marek (Berlin), Sarah Stengle (Minnesota), Tamara Ivanova/Michael Bensman (Berlin/Russia), April Vollmer (New York), Graham Watson (Maryland).
And to launch the fair this year, on Thursday evening at 7pm, we are fortunate to have writer/book artist and vis lit pioneer Warren Lehrer present a multimedia performance/reading of his new “illuminated novel.” A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley contains 101 books within it, all written by Lehrer’s author protagonist who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. In this funny and thought provoking performance, Lehrer presents an overview of Bleu Mobley’s life in books via many of Mobley’s cover designs and other biographical materials including animations and video performances. The resulting retrospective explores the creative process of a writer/artist as it reflects upon a half century of American/global events and grapples with the future of the book as a medium.
WINNER 2014 IPPY (Independent Publisher) Outstanding Book of the Year Award
WINNER 2014 Best New Fiction Award USA Best Books
“An ingenious, one-of-kind novel.” Kurt Andersen, Studio 360