5 book publishers not to miss at the WIELS Art Book Fair

 We scan the list participating publishers at this weekend’s WIELS Art Book Fair and select five not to miss. Including Bulgaria’s Blood Becomes Water, the imprint of a former intern of ours.

Časopis X (Bratislava; Slovakia)

Časopis X, or Magazine X in English, captured our imaginations and hearts with their sophisticated and playful publications championing contemporary art. The two-year old publishing house gives space to contemporary artists, theorists and writers alike, covering diverging topics from the Central European art scene, juxtaposed beyond its transmutable borders. This small collective also lends emphasis to theoretical facets of the topics and artists featured. At WIELS they will be presenting all X editions and works they’ve published from artists such as Jan Vytiska, Svetlana Fialová, Jiří Franta & David Böhm, Matthias Beckmann, Ivana Šáteková, Zsolt Tibor and many more. In store for the future, as the X team tells us, is a “new issue dedicated to moving lines,” featuring artists like William Kentridge, Dorota Mytych, Matěj Smetana and more. This publication will be offered as a folder filled with loose sheets of reproductions and prints, some of which will be original works.


Blood Becomes Water (Sofia, Bulgaria)

A ramification of their art collective, Rosie Eisor and Raya Rayax’ small, independent publishing house came to fruition the summer of 2010. Featuring conceptual works by contemporary artists and illustrations, their limited editions are at times accompanied by text and music. At WIELS they will be presenting Tetraphobia, their latest publication based on their residency in China, revolving around the fear for the number 4 in Asian countries. And as Raya, former intern at the Word, shares with us, they will also bring along their Kukeri issue, Investigation file: Dobry Bogdanoff, empty Sticker photo zines, “and the few copies from our old editions Revival and Catastrophe (only 2 left from this one)” along with other paraphernalia, such as limited edition screen prints by Robin Renard. We’re definitely looking forward to catching up with this dynamic duo at the fair.


Lubok Verlag Books (Leipzig, Germany)

This savvy art publisher constantly reminds us of the inextricable relationship between art and books, offering sophisticated and original linocuts by contemporary artists from around the world. Since 2007, artist Christoph Ruckhäberle and graphic designer and printer Thomas Siemo, invite 10 artists to produce an original linocut for each volume, which often serves as “an experimental field.” Sticking to the basics, they use an old letterpress machine, printing directly from a linoleum plate, which allows them to offer  democratic prices.


Red Lebanese (Paris, France)

Since 2012, Pablo Jomaron, Thomas Brun, and Quentin Leroy have been the driving forces behind Red Lebanese, an independent publishing house, and music label. Based in Paris, they produce and distribute artists’ limited editions and series. Visitors will be able to get their hands on works such as Un Cuff Me by Vincent Canton, Europeans by Yamandú Roos, and Ô jour Ô jour by Hedi Nabil. With an urban, raw and edgy style threading their publications, we’ll be sure not miss them at WIELS this weekend.


Luïscius Books (s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands)

Although the price accessibility might not fall in line with the previous list, this new addition to the book fair houses an impressive collection of rare and out of print Dutch, modern and contemporary art books. Owned and operated by Henk van Stipriaan, and Christien Bakx, they began their collection with the purchase of a first edition of Andy Warhol’s book from Moderna Museet in Stockholm back in 1968. With a large emphasis on Dutch artists from the 20th Century, their collection includes artists’ books and multiples from fluxus, conceptual, zero and minimal art. They also publish limited editions from artists’ such as On Kawara, Lawrence Weiner, Hermann Nitsch, Ben Vautier, Roman Opalka, Lee Ufan, Arnulf Rainer, Herman de Vries, Jan Henderikse and Yoko Ono.

Wiels Art Book Fair, Brussels
11th to 13th September, 2015