As the Deptford art scene ratchets up for the start of Deptford X at the end of next month, Bearspace is launching not only a new show, but also an 'art book boutique'.
"On the 3rd September 2009, Charlotte Troy, a freelance publisher and editor, will open CT Pocket: the first arts bookshop in south east London's Deptford. CT Pocket is a mini arts bookshop and will be located inside the contemporary art gallery Bearspace."
Being familiar with the size of the gallery space and from the contents of the press release I can surmise that the bookshop will be boutique not only in the quality of its contents, but also in quantity. This may not be the place to come if you are in search of a specific title - but rather it promises to offer a hand-picked selection of books which could set the reader off on a voyage of discovery, as well as various second-hand books and magazines.
According to the press release, "CT Pocket hopes to alleviate a local thirst for knowledge about contemporary art and aims to be a place for people to find out more and talk about art today."
The bookshop launches on 3 September, 6.30 to 8.30pm and will be open during gallery hours (Wed to Sat, 12.30 till 5pm).
"To launch the venture, curator and writer Hans Ulrich Obrist has hand-picked 15 must-have new titles for any discerning reader, which will be featured and sold at the store. These include Michael Clark's first monograph and Yoko Ono's latest book, Anton's Memory. In addition to this inspiring list, CT Pocket will stock a rigorously edited selection of new and second-hand books (and periodicals) dealing in artist monographs, theory, special editions, music and architecture; each in their own way inspiring, rich in content and meticulously produced. CT Pocket will also host occasional book launches or talks, curated around the guest editor's list of books."
The opening of the bookshop will coincide with the opening of a new exhibition of limited-edition prints 'The kiss of a lifetime' which will run to 12 September. Prints by more than 100 artists will be featured in the event, and the gallery is offering a 15% discount on any prints ordered at the preview on 3 September.
The opening of this bookshop is excellent news, and adds to the presence of the new Arch Materials shop, strengthening the reputation of Deptford as a great place for artists to work and live.