Join Aperture at the 2018 SF Art Book Fair, an annual multi-day festival of artists’ publications featuring artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists’ multiples. These works will be presented by over 100 independent publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, collectors, and enthusiasts. Over the course of the weekend, the fair will be complemented by a diverse range of talks, discussions, book launches, on and off-site special projects, exhibitions and signings.
The mission of the fair is to foster the unique art publishing community of the Bay Area while providing a platform for national and international publishers to exhibit their work to a new audience.
David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) came to prominence as an artist in New York City in the 1980s. The artist refused a signature style, adopting a wide variety of techniques with an attitude of radical possibility. Beginning in the late 1970s, Wojnarowicz created a body of work that spanned photography, painting, music, film, sculpture, writing, and activism. Queer and HIV-positive, Wojnarowicz was an impassioned advocate for people with AIDS as an inconceivable number of friends, lovers, and strangers—disproportionately gay men—died from government inaction. Wojnarowicz himself died from AIDS-related complications at the age of thirty-seven. Aperture published Brush Fires in the Social Landscape, which began in collaboration with the artist before his death, in 1992.
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Image: David Wojnarowicz with Tom Warren, Self-Portrait of David Wojnarowicz, 1983-1984; Courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art
Public, Private, Secret explores the roles that photography and video play in the crafting of identity, and the reconfiguration of social conventions that define our public and private selves. This collection of essays, interviews, and reflections assesses how our image-making and consumption patterns are embedded and implicated in a wider matrix of online behavior and social codes, which in turn give images a life of their own. Within this context, our visual creations and online activities blur and remove conventional separations between public and private (and sometimes secret) expression. The writings address the various disruptions, resistances, and subversions that artists propose to the limited versions of race, gender, sexuality, and autonomy that populate mainstream popular culture. They anticipate a future for our image-world rich with diversity and alterity, one that can be shaped and influenced by the agency of self-representation.
Charlotte Cotton has been at the forefront of the appraisal of contemporary art photography for over twenty years. As the first curator in residence at the International Center of Photography in 2015–16, she opened the museum’s new home on the Bowery in New York with her exhibition and program Public, Private, Secret. Cotton has also held curatorial positions at institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Photographers’ Gallery in London; the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Katonah Museum of Art, New York; and Metabolic Studio in Los Angeles. She is the author of Photography Is Magic (Aperture, 2015) and The Photograph as Contemporary Art (2004), and cofounder of Words Without Pictures and Eitherand.org.
As an Aperture Trustee or Patron traveling to Paris, you will be invited to Paris Photo’s vernissage on Wednesday, November 7, as well as select activities organized by Aperture, and an intimate cocktail and dinner with Aperture editors and artists.
Space is very limited. Reserve your spot today!
One Aperture membership (valid through November 11, 2018) at the Patron ($1,000), Benefactor ($2,500), or Paul Strand Circle ($5,000) level is required to participate in any of the Aperture-organized activities in Paris.
Contact Jean Son at [email protected] or 212.946.7146 for more details on the trip and Aperture’s Patron Program.