Printed Matter announced today that it will not hold the 2018 edition of its LA Art Book Fair. The organization cited the unavailability of the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles and the sudden death of fair curator Shannon Michael Cane as the reasons for the cancelation.
“Over the years, the LA Art Book Fair has grown to become one of the art publishing world’s largest gatheringsa community-driven celebration of innovation and creativity, as well as a rich educational forum for engaging with all facets of art book publishing,” executive director Max Schumann said in a statement. “We are greatly disappointed that we are unable to mount the Fair in 2018.” He added that the fair will return in 2019 with “renewed energy.”
Founded in 2013, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair welcomes approximately forty thousand book lovers, collectors, artists, and arts professionals over the course of four days, and offers a full schedule of public programming that ranges from panel discussions, readings, sound performances, and interactive workshops to curated exhibitions. The event prides itself on its ability to host independent presses, commercial distributors, rare-book dealers, university presses, zinemakers, leading gallery imprints, photo-book publishers, and activist collectives—all under one roof.