Side Issues at the 2019 SF Art Book Fair

The SF Art Book Fair is an annual multi-day festival of artists’ publications – this year with the Zurich publisher, Side Issues.

Image courtesy of Side Issues

Event Details


Minnesota Street Project
1275 Minnesota St, San Francisco, California 94107 United States


July 19, 2019 10:00 am - July 22, 2019 4:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



The Swiss Publisher Side Issues marries simple printing and production techniques with an emphasis on the design of the book as an object. Each publication shares a common visual identity, yet privileges content over form.  

That’s why Pro Helvetia and swissnex SF will support Side Issues at the 2019 SF Art Book Fair to present his work alongside more than 100 independent publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, collectors, and enthusiasts. The event features artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists’ multiples. Over the weekend, the fair hosts a diverse range of talks, discussions, book launches, on and off-site special projects, exhibitions and signings. The mission of the fair is to foster the unique art publishing community of the Bay Area while providing a platform for national and international publishers to exhibit their work to a new audience.

Last year the SF Art Book Fair welcomed 120 exhibitors and over 10,000 visitors. 

Side Issues

Side Issues is an independent imprint based in Zurich that was founded by Philippe Desarzens in 2013. Side Issues is dedicated to the publication of projects in the fields of art, science and design with a focus on the image in its broadest sense. It aims to give a fresh take on overlooked topics and searches for the inspiring and unexpected. It was founded as an experimental editing practice and ongoing collaborative process.

The first editorial project is a series of ten imprints that share the same format in a limited and numbered edition. Often based on a single body of images and performing like a short essay, each edition explores an under examined yet simple topic with the aim of opening up a wider field of reflexion relating to the ideas of collection and repetition. The first ten issues are conceived in collaboration with invited artists, collectors and authors.


Friday, July 19 — 6 – 10pm (Opening)
Saturday, July 20 — 11am – 6pm
Sunday, July 21 — 11am – 5pm