Join David Chickey, Publisher and Creative Director at Radius Books, in an engaging conversation with Laura Carpenter on the state and future of art book publishing. Chickey will speak to the legacy of Radius Books, and explore the very concept of what art books are and what they can be- portable exhibitions, evidence of artistic and cultural value, and art objects themselves. Discover how art books are going to engage, inform, and contribute to the increasing importance of new media art.
David Chickey is Publisher, Designer, and Editorial Director for Radius Books, a non-profit publishing company based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Founded in 2007, Radius Books’ mission is to encourage, promote, and publish books of artistic and cultural value. Radius titles have received national recognition, including multiple awards from AIGA, American Association of Museums Publishing, and best book nominations from The New Yorker, TIME, PDN, Independent Publisher, and The Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation. Chickey also owns a private design firm, with clients including Aperture, Abrams, Harvard University, The Lannan Foundation, SITE Santa Fe, and David Zwirner, among others. He is the former board chair of the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, and a graduate of Sussex University, England, and UNC, Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.
Laura Carpenter was instrumental in bringing contemporary art to Santa Fe in the early 1990s. She began her career as a gallerist in Dallas, Texas, showing artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Martin Puryear. Upon her arrival in Santa Fe, she held solo shows for the likes of Kiki Smith, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Juan Muñoz, and Richard Tuttle, transforming the Santa Fe art world. Ellsworth Kelly, John Chamberlain, Ed Ruscha, Joan Mitchell, Louise Bourgeois and Marina Arbamovic all had shows or came to support fellow artists. Carpenter was also a founder of SITE, helping to permanently establish Santa Fe as a premier destination for contemporary art.