We will host a variety of exhibitions at our in-person venue, where visitors are can get a multi-faceted look at the allure of art books and publications.
2020 Solidarity Posters
The spring of 2020 saw the onset of an unprecedented crisis, which dealt a harsh blow to the world of art. In response, Between Bridges – a non-profit organization founded by Wolfgang Tillmans – launched the 2020Solidarity project, dedicated to supporting independent spaces, events, and publishers in the art and music scenes in the face of the COVID pandemic. Over 50 artists have pledged their support to the project, including Nicole Eisenman, Gillian Wearing, Isa Genzken, William Eggleston, Peter Hujar, Daido Moriyama, Jeff Koons, Luc Tuymans, Thomas Ruff, Raymond Pettibon, and more. The artists provided each one image for the project to use in creating and printing posters. 98 different organizations in 21 countries offered the posters for sale to gain income during the corona crises. Participants from Japan include POST, Utrecht, twelvebooks, torch press, amala, IACK, clinic, daitokai, ASAKUSA, and LVBD BOOKS. The 2020Solidarity project ran from April 9 until August 10, 2020.
For this year’s TABF, we will be exhibiting the full 2020Solidarity poster collection, with a selection of posters available for sale to visitors. Fair-comers will also be able to read through various messages and testimonials provided by participating spaces and entities.
Independent publishers have an aptitude for being able to render their ideas into form with lighting speed. They turn their eyes towards subject matter that we are inclined to shirk away from, posit content considered negative in a positive light, and turn our attention to things in our lives that we overlook. We have witnessed the COVID-19 pandemic through the media, while individuals and smaller organizations have relayed their own news and experiences on the internet and social media. The COVID “Positive” exhibition delves into speculation on the post-COVID world by way of art books, and will feature different publications and works revolving around the pandemic from across the world. Works on display will include zines detailing the days of quarantine, art books of projects seeking ways to enjoy life with COVID, photography collections centering on essential workers, and more.
ART BOOK VENDING MACHINE
With the onset of the pandemic, we are left with fewer opportunities to view and interact with art books and zines from abroad. Onward from 2015, the TABF began hosting Guest Country, an annual segment that focuses on the publishing culture of a certain country or region; but instead of narrowing our sights onto a particular region, this year we instead focus our attention to published goods from all around the world. The 2021 TABF will feature a vast vending machine for art books, the ART BOOK VENDING MACHINE (ABVM), at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, while concurrently exhibiting and selling art books and zines published by virtual venue exhibitors from overseas onward from 2019.
Virtual Exhibitors’ Library
At the Virtual Exhibitor’s Library, we will be exhibiting samples of art books and zines published by virtual venue exhibitors based within Japan onward from 2019. Should you find a book or zine that catches your eye, you can purchase it at the virtual venue.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (In-person Venue)
TABF Website (Virtual Venue)
Thursday, October 28 – Sunday, October 31, 2021 (In-person Venue)
Friday, October 22 – Sunday, October 31, 2021 (Virtual Venue)
1,000 JPY (for In-person Venue, tax included)
Free (Virtual Venue)
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo,
The Tokyo Art Book Fair