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Of all our local museums, the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is the one that keeps us most creatively stimulated. Fascinating shows curated by rock stars, graffiti retrospectives, even its controversial staff turnover are all de rigueur talking points for sophisticated Angelenos. Now it’s hosting the first-ever L.A. Art Book Fair this weekend, with reasonably priced collectibles by some of today’s top talents.

More than 100 international exhibitors--many selling small-production artist-made magazines, books and prints for as little as $30--will be on hand along with dozens of book signings, installations and panel discussions stretching from today through Sunday. (The Jack Siegel image above, for example, is available for as little as $75 from Exhibition A.)

We’ll head over on Saturday morning to browse tribute exhibitions about recently deceased Los Angeles-based artist Mike Kelley and the late San Francisco artist-ephemera collector Steven Leiber. We’re also looking forward to the afternoon book signings by provocative Angeleno photographer Charlie White as well as one by hipster duo Dan Colen and Harmony Korine.

On Sunday, we’ll be in the audience for legendary French critic Sylvère Lotringer’s closing conversation with artist Anton Vidokle, a set of remarks designed to inspire us all to make art books of our own. 

MOCA at Geffen Contemporary, 152 N. Central Ave.; 213-626-6222 or

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