The funkiest and the freshest? The hippest and the edgiest…in book form, in Little Tokyo.
Yeah. Completely missed this one. Wouldn’t have even known about it if I hadn’t stumbled across it myself. So consider this a review for next year.
Basically, the Art Publishers of the world get together once at year (presumably at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA), and sell their wares. In a way, there’s nothing more to it that that. You roll in (Admission’s free), walk around and sample ye olde wares.
The selections…aren’t exactly what you think they’re going to be. These are not Gallery Presses of Monet Collections, or Picasso or Degas. The Art Books here are…well, a little harder to find. The Artists here you may not have heard of, unless you’re terminally hip and in the know.
Guess what? I’m not terminally hip and in the know.
As I said, Publishers from all over, and there’s a wide range of tastes for you to sample from…from Edgy…to, say…Edgy. But, there’s Downtown Edgy, there’s street Art Edgy, even a little LGBT Edgy. And by the way, I’m defining Edgy was anything strange and unknown to me, so…that pretty much covers most of what’s happening here.
Like I said, wide range of books for you to choose from. Just know going in what you’re dealing with.
Despite the limitations on the repertoire, there is a bit of a Fair atmosphere going on. Just outside the door, they’ve got Food Trucks, and a stage for live music. Granted the stage isn’t going to hold Bon Jovi, and the Food Trucks aren’t Kogi or Ludo, but c’mon…they’re here. They’ve come. Have a sit, sample some of these new Truck offerings. Stay and listen to the bands who’ve been good enough to play. It’s all good.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: The safety tip pretty much was the review. Don’t go in expecting the Classics. Expect very Modern, very new, very unknown Artists. That may not be your cup of tea. Or hell, it may be precisely your cup of tea. Who knows?
Anyway, the point is the event is free. You get to walk around and get a look at what’s new, what’s up and coming, and hopefully buy something.
PARKING: Scattered, and mostly limited to Paid lots and Parking Garages. So consult the Little Tokyo Parking Guide from the Little Tokyo Website. Expect to pay about $7 bucks, but that can vary. If you’re willing to walk you may be able to find Metered Parking a a couple of blocks away from the Museum, down near Wurstkuche.
L.A. Art Book Fair 2014
152 N. Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tel: (213) 626-6222
Monday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm