A PUBLISHERS PERSPECTIVE ON THE ART BOOK FAIR: A CRITICAL RESPONSE by Be Oakley
132 x 188mm, 68 pages, Risograph printing, Coil bound, Softcover, Ed. of 250, 2022
A Publishers Perspective on the Art Book Fair: A Critical Response is a 68 page critical essay examining the role of Art Book Fairs and their response to the covid-19 pandemic. This essay looks for Art Book Fairs to meet this moment of an ongoing pandemic to meet the needs of publishers and visitors alike. As a publishers who has exhibited at over 50 Art Book Fairs this essay both critiques and offers suggestions for a more publisher focused fair. This essay started in April 2020 during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and finished over two years later.
This essay asks: How can we employ various mutual aid tactics to ensure future generations of art book publishers have the support to continue their work? If you’re reading this and are an organizer of an art book fair, ask yourself, are you doing everything to meet this moment?