Fairs | January 2019 | Nate Pedersen


Biennially, the Codex Book Fair in California celebrates and exhibits the work of book artists. This year's fair, Codex VII, runs from February 3-6 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. The primary exhibition this year is CODEXNordica, curated by Imi Maufe and Codex Polaris, a book artists group, who are bringing together a collection of artists books and book arts from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The work of a large selection of book artists from the Scandinavian countries will be on display alongside approximately 80 book works made especially for the fair by a variety of artists involved in a related project called Bibliotek Nordica.

Tables will be curated by the following artists: ?se Eg Jørgensen / Pist Protta, Denmark; Tatjana Bergelt, Finland; Arkir ArtBook Group, Iceland; Codex Polaris, Norway; Carina Fihn and Lina Nordenström, Sweden. In addition, Thomas Millroth will offer a keynote address at Codex and two artists, ?se Eg Jørgensen and Tatjana Bergelt, will speak at the seminar about their projects.

Further, Imi Maufe will be speaking at the Book Club of California on February 4 and a related talk will take place at the San Francisco Center for the Book on the evening February 7. Also on display at the SFCB will be the exhibition "Posted/Unposted", a Nordic letterpress exhibition featuring the work of twenty-five Scandinavian artists. The exhibition will be on display until April 28.  After closing at the San Francisco Book Club, the exhibition curators intend for it to continue traveling the United States.