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Parallax ‘Art’ Fair; Ahistory by C G Barlow

2019 (Published by The Dialogues Press).

Written by art historian and founder of PAF, Dr C G Barlow. The text is written in the style of a fictive interview between Parallax and an interviewer called George Leonard. Topics discussed include the origin and history of artist and designer fairs and the early development of Parallax Art Fair from its inception as a research exhibition. A discussion about the philosophical and practical problems of selection procedures in the arts leads to further topics including changes to the conceptualisation of artists and designers since the financial crash; the problem of historical consciousness and mediation amongst contemporary artists and designers; contemporary art education; History of Art as marketing; and the new role of business amongst creative entrepreneurs.  

RRP: £10

Parallax (exhibition catalogue, 2010)

The original catalogue for the international exhibition “Parallax” includes seven essays; two each by Alun Munslow, Donald Preziosi, Paul Gladston and one by C G Barlow. There is also a foreword, glossary and bibliography. The artists were:  Matthew Collins, Bing-yu Liu (becoming Bing-Li Liu), Adam Reeder, Robert Bodem, Van Rainy Hecht-Nielsen, Sarah Tse, Alexey Golovin, Aaron Camillieri Cauchi, Hywel Pratley, Guangfeng Zhao, Kun Wang, Louise Payne, Pasquale Abbatiello, Carla Richter, and Clarissa James. The exhibition took place, following two pre-exhibitions, at La Galleria on 22nd -27th November 2010. This edition includes the original press release and an exhibition sheet from the first pre-exhibition at the ROA in August 2010.

Catalogue can be viewed for free online. Hard copies available £20.

Setsuko Ono

2018 (Published by The Dialogues Press); 64 pages.

The catalogue represents a selection of art work from a twenty-year period exhibited in Dr Setsuko Ono’s first one-person show in the UK. The exhibitions took place at PAF 2018, Daiwa Foundation and Asia House and were organised by Dr C G Barlow. The catalogue contains three essays by Professor Paul Gladston, Professor Piero Gleijeses and Dr C G Barlow. Ono studied International Relations in Switzerland before working for the World Bank and her art work is often politically charged. She was encouraged in her art production by her brother-in-law, John Lennon, as well as the Havana Biennale in Cuba where she has sculpture on permanent display. The catalogue also contains a chronology of Ono’s life.

RRP: £10

How To Sell & Market Your Art & Design by C G Barlow

FORTHCOMING. 2019 (Published by The Dialogues Press).

Written by art historian and founder of PAF, Dr C G Barlow, the book argues historically and theoretically why some artists and designers struggle to support their practice full time. It then offers practical steps to help creatives sell their work. It argues that the fabrication of Art History, traditional theories of artistic genius, the formation of a dealer system and pedagogical changes have created a problem where business and creativity are often ideologically divorced. It argues that art understood as a form of personal expression is part of an historical problem and no longer relevant philosophically. Practical topics include: how to data research, account managing, display design, budgeting, developing a sales pitch, closing deals and many more practical tips that will help artists and designers quickly improve their business.

RRP: £10