Blonde Art Books: Artist Conversation and Launch

Blonde Art Books: Artist Conversation and Launch
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

Blonde Art Books’ founder Sonel Breslav, in conversation with artist Sara Cwynar and Corina Reynolds of Small Editions, will discuss their roles within independent publishing; Blonde Art Books’ first publication; and celebrate the launch of the special limited edition of Kitsch Encyclopedia, 2014.

Kitsch Encyclopedia is a book project by Sara Cwynar of original and appropriated images and text, published by Blonde Art Books in 2014.

Kitsch Encyclopedia is a book project that brings together writings by Milan Kundera, Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard, as well as my own writing to formulate a relationship of kitsch to images. Kundera considers kitsch to be a categorizing phenomenon: a means through which complex human experience is distilled to simple, sentimental motifs. All three writers discuss a similar circumstance of the contemporary image world: the way that our culture of images, especially in the age of the internet, provides an Idealized, kitsch-based image world that exists on top of the real world and in many ways has subsumed it. -Sara Cwynar

About Blonde Art Books
Established by Sonel Breslav in 2012, Blonde Art Books is a Brooklyn based organization dedicated to promoting self-published art books through exhibitions, publications, book fairs, talks, and online exposure. Kitsch Encyclopedia by Sara Cwynar is Blonde Art Books’ first publication.

Blonde Art Books curates book-centric exhibitions that examine the connections between traditionally exhibited artwork and the books, magazines, and other printed matter that inform and shape their conception. An example of this model of presentation is the recent exhibition The Scenery changes three times at Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY (March 2 – March 31, 2013) and Render Visible at Present Company, Brooklyn, NY (September 30 – October 28, 2012). In addition, Blonde Art Books participates in pop-up bookshop events that feature new independent art publications by contemporary artists and small presses.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with BLONDE ART BOOKS in the subject line.

July 22, 2014

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Sonel Breslav

Sonel Breslav is an independent curator and the founder of Blonde Art Books, a Brooklyn based organization dedicated to promoting self-published art books through exhibitions, book fairs, talks, and online exposure. Breslav has organized exhibitions and events at venues such as Present Company, Brooklyn, NY; PS1, MoMA, Queens, NY; ICA, Philadelphia, PA; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Hyde Part Center, Chicago, IL; Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY; Dorsky Curatorial Programs, LIC, NY; and The Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY. The first book published under the Blonde Art Books imprint, Kitsch Encyclopedia by Sara Cwynar, was launched in April 2014. Breslav received her MA from UCL, London in 2010 and her BFA from University of Buffalo - State University of New York in 2005. She currently works at Murray Guy, New York.

Sara Cwynar

Born in Vancouver, Sara Cwynar is a New York-based artist. Recent solo exhibitions include Foxy Productions, New York, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, The Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam, and Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto. Her work has been exhibited at Higher Pictures, New York, Royal College of Art, London, The New York Art Book Fair at PS1 MoMA; Camera Club of New York, and Printed Matter, New York.  Her works have been published by Printed Matter, Blonde Art Books, New York, and the Camera Club of New York. She has contributed to Martha Rosler’s Meta-Monumental Newspaper Museum of Modern Art, New York; “Living the Dream” – Surreal Artists Portfolio, Bullett magazine, New York; 
the Water Issue, Capricious magazine, New York; “Sara Cwynar,” Blink Photography magazine; “Sara Cwynar” Behind the Zines: Self Publishing Culture, Gestalten; “Artisan: Sara Cwynar” by Dorothy Rivers, Color magazine, “Sara Cwynar: 20 Under 30 New Visual Artists,” Print Magazine; “Looking for Cancon at Miami Art Basel?” Mclean’s Magazine, Canada; and “Talents To Be Seen,” Foam magazine, The Netherlands.

Corina Reynolds

Corina Reynolds is one of the Founding Partners of Small Editions, an Artist Book Studio that publishes and supports the creation of new contemporary artists books. Through exhibitions, public events, publications, and traveling tours, Small Editions opens a space for new conversations about artists books today. Small Editions Press publishes 2-3 artist bookworks and 4-8 zines in collaboration with contemporary artists each year. Reynolds has led classes in independent book publishing, zine making and bookbinding, has curated exhibitions and talks on contemporary artist books and serves on the Board of Directors at The Center for Book Arts, New York. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA from San Diego State University.

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