In 2018, Looiersgracht 60 held the first edition of Printing Plant - a bespoke, 3-day art book fair where we brought more than 60 like-minded and independent publishers from 14 different countries under one roof and gave our audiences a chance to engage with a remarkable selection of artists editions, multiples, art catalogues, books, monographs, periodicals and rare ephemeralsthat are generally unavailable in bookstores.
To this effect, it gives us great pleasure to announce that Looiersgracht 60 will be hosting a second edition of Printing Plant during Amsterdam Art Weekend 2019. Prior to its current use as a non-profit exhibition centre for art, design and architecture, Looiersgracht 60 was home to a cardboard and paper factory producing pamphlets, posters, limited-editions and cards for artists and museums, making it uniquely suited to the ethos of the fair. Today, publishing has assumed an increasingly central position within artistic practices. Inversely, it has become harder to produce, distribute and present art books primarily due to the lack of funding. Through Printing Plant, Looiersgracht 60 invokes its past to support the art book of the present, and to foster a community of art-publishers both locally and globally.
Amsterdam’s history includes a rich narrative of artistic print culture that has been lacking in visibility as the city has not hosted any book fairs focusing on art books in the recent years. Having successfully organised Printing Plant 2018, which included a carefully curated public programme thematically divided to complement the book fair, this year we hope to achieve the same and much more!