New York Art Book Fair 2015

Curated by: Helga Pakasaar

Presentation House Gallery will be participating in the New York Art Book Fair 2015, from September 18 to 20th, at MOMA PS1.

The gallery will present a re-mounting of B.C. Almanac(h) C-B, a book and exhibition originally commissioned by the Stills Division of the National Film Board of Canada in 1970. Organized by Vancouver artists Jack Dale and Michael de Courcy, fifteen West Coast artists were invited to produce photographic booklets that were then compiled into an anthology. Participants included experimental, multimedia artists Christos Dikeakos, Gerry Gilbert, Roy Kiyooka, Glenn Lewis, NE Thing Co., Michael Morris, and Vincent Trasov. The book was conceived as an exhibition, beginning with a double-page spread of the backsides of the artists walking into the book, and became an exhibition – a multimedia version of the book, complete with walls painted greyscale. This self-referential project highlights the materials and processes of print production and the circulation of print culture through mass media. The artists were experimenting with new technologies and used the camera to explore ideas about communication in the electronic “information age”. The individual bookworks range from a conceptualist work about books to a series of “straight” photographs. Many of the artists produced photo-collages about their bohemian lifestyles, and thus the Almanac book is also a document of the countercultural ethos of the period.

The re-printed publication will be available at the Fair.

Hours and Location

Thursday, September 17, 6-9 pm | Preview
Friday, September 18, 1-7pm
Saturday, September 19, 11am-9pm
Sunday, September 20, 11-am-7pm

MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY

NYABF Installation view of B.C. Almanac(h) C-B
NYABF Installation view of B.C. Almanac(h) C-B
NYABF Installation view of B.C. Almanac(h) C-B - 2
NYABF Installation view of B.C. Almanac(h) C-B - 2