Thanks for the memories…

In the spring of 2007 I joined the Cornerhouse Publications family. For a book-loving lad in his late 20s, with a background in Art History, it was a dream job.

Over the past 15 years I’ve had the privilege of working with such a brilliant and dedicated team; alongside many formidable publishers and art book trade colleagues; and more broadly within the esteemed arts organisation of HOME in Manchester (our ‘mothership’).

I have lots of warm memories, but too many to mention here. However, here are just a few that are particularly special to me…

Organising book launch events (with our publisher friends, JRP|Editions) for Peter Saville and Alice Rawsthorn – both of whom are born-and-bred Mancunian legends in the world of design; and hosting activist/writer George Monbiot on the Manchester stop of his UK tour.

Book fairs are always an important and thoroughly enjoyable activity in this line of work. The international book fairs in London and Frankfurt, despite being intense and tiring, were always full of social energy. My particular favourites were the London art book fairs at the Whitechapel Gallery and Offprint at Tate Modern. It’s always such a pleasure observing fellow art book lovers (from all walks of life) getting excited about the selection of publications for sale on our display tables.

One of the best parts of my job has been contributing to writing our blog. It is a place where I’ve been able to share my passion for beautiful, printed matter. Here are a few of my best pieces – Opera: the ultimate art form?; Lisson Gallery publisher profile/interview; Food, glorious food!; and All this Mayhem! Aesthetics of Metal and Punk.

As I’m sure you can imagine, I have my favourite books. Since 2007, hundreds and hundreds have passed through my hands and before my eyes. Many of my faves are now out of print and no longer available. However, before I go, here are just a few (still available) that are close to my heart – a mix of art–activism/ecology, music/sound–art, and artist’s books. The list is below for your pleasurable perusal. I hope you find something you like.

Lastly, I dedicate this to Anwar (Ollie) from Sadie Coles HQ galleries in London, who tragically passed away late last year. He was a fellow gentleman of art book publishing and one of the loveliest, most genuine and convivial people I’ve ever known. His smile was so bright (if I close my eyes, I can still see it). I’ll miss him very much.

Signing off one last time… It’s been a great journey. Thanks for the memories.

JB

 

Image credit: Ben Venom, Killers. Custom fabricated jacket. 
Collaboration with Jason Redwood, Truth Never Told, and Lucien Shapiro (20" x 25"), 2019. 
Taken from one of my favourite art books in recent times, Ben Venom: ALL THIS MAYHEM
Posted on 5th March 2022
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