Common Ground#808

Artbook | D.A.P.

Featuring Sharon Gallagher, Skuta Helgason, and Eleanor Heartney, with Zachary LaMalfa


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

D.A.P. President Sharon Gallagher and Artbook Retail Director Skuta Helgason join Rail Editor-at-Large Eleanor Heartney for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Zachary LaMalfa.

In this talk

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Sharon Helgason Gallagher

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Sharon Helgason Gallagher is the President and Executive Director of ARTBOOK and D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., which she co-founded in 1990. Over the last thirty years, the company has selected, cataloged, publicized, and distributed more than 25,000 different titles on art, photography, architecture, design, and visual culture from the world’s most respected museums and international publishers, as well as various small presses. Sharon has lectured at museum publishing and artists’ book conferences. Her 2021 BOOKLIVE Symposium keynote, “What Shall We Want to Have Called a Book,” is widely used in book and artist book classes around the world. Sharon is a graduate of Yale University and holds a Master’s in Philosophy from Columbia, where she was a University Fellow.

Skuta Helgason

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Skuta Helgason, was born 1953 on a sheep farm in Iceland. He studied time-based media from Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester NY (1979 - 1983), where books became his chosen medium. Helgason managed WPA Bookworks, Washington, D.C. (1983 - 1988), served as Publishing Associate at Rainer Verlag, Berlin (1988 - 1991), freelanced as a book sales rep (1989 - 1993), and is Founder and Director of Stop Over Press, Berlin (1991 - ongoing). At D.A.P. | Distributed Art Publishers, Helgason was previously a Creative Consultant (1995 - 2004) and now is Director of Artbook Retail since 2004. As an artist, Helgason focuses on the exploration of different modes and truth values of diaristic documentation in a variety of media, with books being the conclusive form.

Eleanor Heartney

Eleanor Heartney
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New York-based art critic Eleanor Heartney is the author of numerous books on contemporary art. Heartney is a contributor to Art in America, Artpress and Artnet and has written extensively for publications including Artnews, The New Art Examiner, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Her books include Art & Today (2008), Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art (2004) and Doomsday Dreams: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Contemporary Art (2019). She is co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art, The Reckoning: Women Artists in the New Millennium (2013) and the forthcoming Mothers of Invention: The Feminist Roots of Contemporary Art. She is an Editor-at-Large for the Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Zachary LaMalfa reading.

Zachary LaMalfa

Zachary LaMalfa
Zachary LaMalfa is a poet and teacher from New Jersey. His recent writing can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Works & Days, Volume, Prolit, and elsewhere. A Course in Human Love, a chapbook of early poems, appeared in 2022 from Malvina House. He teaches English and literature at CUNY.

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