After its successful 2017 debut at Hoffner Lodge in Northside, the Cincinnati Art Book Fair is returning this weekend (August 10-12) at a bigger and, hopefully, better location — The Carnegie in Covington, Ky. Actually, make that two locations, as there will also be panel discussions about the role of art books in the art world at Downtown Cincinnati's 21c Museum Hotel tonight (Aug. 10) and Saturday evening (Aug. 11).
The book fair itself is held at The Carnegie during the following hours: Saturday (August 11) from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday (August 12) from noon-5 p.m.
At the Carnegie, 35 publishers, galleries, artists and printers will showing and selling their work. There will also be several special projects in the site's upper-floor galleries — interactive environments by PZA and Cryptogram, and an installation from the collection of Linda and George Kurz called Unreadable: Books as Objects, featuring work by artists Richard Artschwarger, Tom Sachs, Yoko Ono, Richard Tuttle and others.
Saturday readings at The Carnegie are "If It Smells Like A Poem" at 2 p.m., Jesse Malmed at 3 p.m., and Mark Harris' "Listening Talk" at 4 p.m. Sunday readings feature Ben Kline at 1 p.m., Keith Banner at 2 p.m., and Megan Martin and Brett Price at 3 p.m.
Over at 21c, the panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Friday) concerns the role of publishing in the art world and features Brett Bloom from Chicago, and Peter Huttinger, Kelly Kroener and George Kurz of Cincinnati.
And at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 21C, Breanne Trammell has organized an Unpanel, featuring works by Jesse Malmed, Jessica Caponigro and others.
The fair is free admission. For a list of all vendors as well as additional information, visit - cincinnatiartbookfair.com.