Can’t wait to get our hands on this new book from PictureBox
In the Good Name of the Company: Artworks and ephemera produced by or in tandem with the Colby Printing Company
Brian Roettinger, Christopher Michlig, Jan Tumlir
Co-published with ForYourArt.
"The Los Angeles–based Colby Poster Printing Company has been a friend to local artists ever since Ed Ruscha’s seminal Colby-printed announcement for the 1962 Pasadena Art Museum exhibition New Paintings of Common Objects. Their fluorescent posters have been disseminated on every high-traffic surface in the city, and their collection of over 150 wood and metal typefaces—usually bold and sans serif—are an integral part of Los Angeles’ visual aesthetic. Throughout the years, posters promoting everything from 1980s punk and heavy metal concerts to swap meets, street fairs, gun and bridal shows, local political campaigns and countless artist projects have been printed on Colby’s Heidelberg letterset press. A family-owned and operated union print shop since 1948, the Colby Poster Printing Company closed its doors forever on December 31, 2012. This book documents the print shop’s history and one of its final projects: a series of editioned posters by artists including Ruscha, Kathryn Andrews, Peter Coffin, Eve Fowler, Jacob Kassay, Allen Ruppersberg, and Craig Stecyk. Printed in four neon-spot colors, this book is a unique tribute to Colby.”
We’re looking forward to working with Faber & Faber on their new imprint, Faber Fine Press.
Find out more about the project here.
Above is one of the first editions from the Faber Fine Press imprint. A poem by Simon Armitage, ‘A Vision’, illustrated by Paul Catherall.
New from our shop: LCBA Bookbinding Tool Kit
Perfect for beginner bookbinders. Comes housed in a gift box.
Kit contains: 6” bone folder for paper folding, Shoe-maker’s knife for cutting paper, Pricker for making holes, Five bookbinding needles and six metres of linen thread for sewing, Brush for paste and glue and an LCBA organic cotton tote bag
There is an option to purchase the Bookbinding Tool Kit as a gift along a voucher for a one-day Introduction to Bookbinding workshop at LCBA
We’re working on some letterpress prints for our friends The London Bookshop Map.
If you don’t know already, The London Bookshop Map is a fantastic project that aims to support the diversity of publishing represented by independent bookshops in London. The London Bookshop Map is available for free at your local independent bookshop (and at LCBA). Each issue of the map includes a commissioned text-based work by contemporary artists. The current edition features work by Dora García.
This past weekend, we made our way to see Reflections from Damaged Life: An Exhibition on Psychedelia at Raven Row.
The show is well worth a visit, with works by by Sigmar Polke, Tadanori Yokoo, Dexter Sinister, Rober Horovitz, former art editor of the Whole Earth Catalog; Marta Minujín, an Argentinian artist and publisher, and Öyvind Fahlström (whose The Little General [Pinball Machine], 1967–68, is pictured above) and many others.
Reflections from Damaged Life: An exhibition on psychedelia
26 September to 15 December 2013
56 Artillery Lane
London E1 7LS
Our new LCBA tote bags - screen printed in blue onto 100% natural 140gsm organic cotton, unbleached and undyed - are now available on our online shop londonbookarts.bigcartel.com
All proceeds go to sustaining the UK’s first centre dedicated to book arts. Support LCBA and support book arts in the UK!