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´As Tables Are Shelves´

As Tables Are Shelves happens for its 3rd edition in Lisbon, Portugal as part of ARCOlisboa. There is no hesitation on my part when affirming that a publishing area at an art fair adds on immensely to the event as a whole. Mainly to the discussion and affirmation of the importance of artists’ books in artistic practice. Artists’ Books can range from actual artworks in book form, to special early rare editions of the Futurist movement, to contemporary fanzine publishing. The idea in an experiment like this one of ‘As Tables Are Shelves’ is to open up the participation to as many models possible – be it printmaking, posters, leaflets, the book, graphic design, pop-up, visual arts and poetry, literary narrative or pure conceptualism. Even if running parallel to the art world per se, the artista book and its derivatives has caught the interest of many and is now considered by scholars, curators and critics as fundamental in the discussion of contemporary art.

The intimacy in the relationship with an artist book is something unique and non- transferable, it’s a one-to-one connection with an artwork made so privately. May these publishing gatherings multiply and flourish as it makes such a difference in complementing and understanding the nature of so much art.

Ana Luiza Teixeira de Freitas

09 May 2018

´AS TABLES ARE SHELVES´

EDITOR     CITY     COUNTRY

20th CENTURY ART ARCHIVES    Cambridge    UNITED KINGDOM
A A LIVRARIA    Lisbon    PORTUGAL
BOW BOOKS    Diessen    NETHERLANDS
EDIÇÕES AURORA     São Paulo    BRAZIL
EDITIONS LOCO    Paris    FRANCE
FANZINES E MARELOS    Queluz    PORTUGAL
GABINETE     Lisbon    PORTUGAL
GHOST EDITIONS    Lisbon    PORTUGAL
IKREK    São Paulo    BRAZIL
IT'S A BOOK    Lisbon    PORTUGAL
MEEL PRESS    Lisbon    PORTUGAL
MIKE GOES WEST    Lisbon    PORTUGAL
OFICINA ARARA    Porto    PORTUGAL
ONESTAR PRESS    Paris    FRANCE
PIERRE VON KLEIST EDITIONS    Lisbon    PORTUGAL
STET    Lisbon    PORTUGAL
STOLEN BOOKS    Lisbon    PORTUGAL
XYZ BOOKS   Lisbon    PORTUGAL