Holiday Reads 2023

Book recommendations for the gift-giving season

Top Picks from CHART Book Fair

The temperatures are cooling and Christmas and the winter holidays are soon to arrive. Many of us are starting to think about gift ideas for friends and loved ones, or which books to choose, now that there is finally some time to curl up on the sofa and dive into that reading list.

In August 2023, we were proud to present the 3rd edition of CHART Book Fair, uniting the independent publishing community from across the Nordic countries. 28 publishers of artist books, zines, photo books, poetry, editions, posters and other printed matter, all gathered at Charlottenborg in the heart of Copenhagen to showcase the best of book-making in the region today.

We asked each of them to highlight 1 recent publication from their catalogue to recommend to art lovers looking for inspiration this holiday season.

Scroll down to find a curated selection of books – perfect if you are looking for the right book to purchase for yourself or another special someone this December!

CHART Book Fair 2023

Photo by Joakim Züger

Pernille Albrethsen, 'Tal R Maleri,' 2023

Courtesy of the artist and Strandberg Publishing

Strandberg Publishing (DK)

Pernille Albrethsen - Tal R Maleri (2023)

*For more than 25 years, Tal R has been an unavoidable figure on the Danish art scene. 'Tal R Maleri' is the first comprehensive presentation of his multifaceted painting practice.
499.95 DKK

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Utten Titel (NO)

Det er bare en fase / It's just a phase (2021)

*Bringing together work by 29 artists, the book considers how human experience of different stages of life has been influenced by social and technological developments.
230 DKK

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forlaget AFTRYK (DK)

Mie Olise Kjærgaard - Ferocious Expeditions (2023)
*A monograph featuring recent works by Danish figurative painter Mie Olise Kjærgaard.
449 DKK

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Northing/Kinakaal Forlag (NO/CN)

Chie and Rei Ito - Quiet Friends (2023)
*Tranquil tales created with recycled paper, 'Quiet Friends' is picture book in 4 parts by Japanese artist couple Chie and Rei Ito.
290 DKK

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Longetti (DK)

Rasmus Halling Nielsen &Anna Stahn - ALT HVAD DU KAN SE, ALT HVAD DU KAN FINDE (2023)
*Poet Rasmus Halling Nielsen's new book of poems for children featuring illustrations by Anna Stahn.
200 DKK

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Mie Olise Kjærgaard, 'Ferocious Expeditions,' 2023

Courtesy of the artist and forlaget AFTRYK

Emanuel Cederqvist, 'Houses of Grez-sur-Loing,' 2022

Courtesy of the artist and Blackbook Publications

Blackbook Publications (SE)

Emanuel Cederqvist - Houses of Grez-sur-Loing (2022)

*A photo book by Emanuel Cederqvist documenting various houses in the Grez-sur-Loing area of Northern France.
140 DKK

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PBFF (Photobooks from Finland) (FI)

Maarit Hohterig: Between Us / Ystäväkirja (2015)
*A personal response to the COVID-19 pandemic using images and references to Dante's Inferno to express a sense of personal journey.
190 DKK

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At Last Books (DK)

Gardar Eide Einarsson - Mining Rigs (2023)

*A selection of recent sculptures by Norwegian artist Gardar Eide Einarsson.
80 DKK

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Blankt Papir Press (DK)

Louise Bøgelund Saugmann - Quiet by Nature (2020) (Signed)
*An artist book by Louise Bøgelund Saugmann featuring works made by layering photographs from Pinseskoven (the Pentacost Forest) on the outskirts of Copenhagen.
1200 DKK

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Woodpecker Projects (SE)

Lotten Pålsson - Doubledawn (2022)

*A low-key exploration of our relation to the world around us using photography and text.
80 DKK
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Anna Bjerger - Familiar Shadows (2017)

*Works by Swedish painter Anna Bjerger featuring an accompanying essay by Karl Ove Knausgård.
270 DKK

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Louise Bøgelund Saugmann, 'Quiet by Nature,' 2023

Courtesy of the artist and Blankt Papir Press

Gitte Broeng & Lasse Krog Møller, 'MARE – Monolog med afbrydelser,' 2023

Courtesy of the artist and *[asterisk]

*[asterisk] (DK)

Gitte Broeng & Lasse Krog Møller - MARE – Monolog med afbrydelser (2023)
*Everyone is talking and talking about the state of the sea. In 'MARE – Monologue with interruptions,' the sea speaks for itself... or tries hard to do so.
65 DKK

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bladr (DK)

Salih Basheer - 22 Days in Between (2022)
*In this photobook, Salih Basheer collects the few memories he has of his parents, who passed away when he was three years old.
240 DKK

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Plethora (DK)

Tilde Bay Kristoffersen - Æon (2022)
*On the basis of a 10 year photographic journey and on the backdrop of an Italian Art Deco sketchbook from 1942, artist Tilde Bay Kristoffersen composes mesmerizing photographic tableaus.
1380 DKK

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Morten Schelde - Tegningens Alfabet (2023)

*A monograph featuring works by the Danish artist Morten Schelde produced between 1990s and present.
395 DKK

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Space Poetry (DK)

Pist Protta 93 (2023)
*The 93rd issue of the art magazine Pist Protta with contributions by: Anna Stahn, Eau Pernice, Søren K. Rye, Rasmus Brink Pedersen, Eugene Sundelius von Rosen, Kristina Bengtsson, Moa Alskog, Gry Bagøien, Jacob Hagen Birch, Jo Mikkel Sjaastad Huse, Rikke Benborg and Tobias R. Kirstein.
100 DKK

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Null & Void Books (SE)

Björn Lövin - The Surrounding Reality (2022)

*A publication produced to accompany the exhibition 'The Surrounding Reality' by Björn Lövin (1837 - 2009) at Moderna Museet.
210 DKK

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Morten Schelde, 'Tegningens Alfabet,' 2023

Courtesy of the artist and BOOK LAB

Sandra Praun, 'Noir – A Serendipitous Encyclopedia Inspired by 1001 Names for the Color Black,' 2019

Courtesy of the artist and Praun & Guermouche

Praun & Guermouche (SE)

Sandra Praun - Noir (2019)

*A serendipitous encyclopedia inspired by 1001 Names for the colour black.
460 DKK

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Hurricane Publishing (DK)

Erik Øckenholt - Arbejder/Works 2015-2022 (2022)

*'Arbejder/Works 2015-2022' covers a 7-year period in the pactice of Danish artist Erik Øckenholt.
200 DKK

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Bokeh Editions (FI)

Ilkka Sariola - Dies Irae (2023)
*Artist Ilkka Sariola's series of drawings, in an offset printed newspaper format, contemplates the reality of evil, and are accompanied by author Antti Hurskainen's essay.
140 DKK

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Decadence Comics (DK/UK)

Decadence House Party (2023)

*A 14 page comic riso printed red ink on pale yellow paper studying the Blobby mind control experiments conducted in the UK during the 90's through terrestrial tv transmissions.
50 DKK

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Ilkka Sariola, 'Dies Irae,' 2023

Courtesy of the artist and Bokeh Editions

Imi Maufe, 'Codex Polaris: Posted / Unposted British Isles,' 2023

Courtesy of the artist and Codex Polaris

Codex Polaris (NO)

Imi Maufe - Codex Polaris: Posted / Unposted British Isles (2023)
*A mixed media, limited edition, publication by Codex Polaris exploring postal aesthetics in relation to the British Isles.
7560 DKK

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Lodret Vandret (DK)

Ida Nissen - SCRIM (2022)

*SCRIM is an artists’ book functioning as a purposeful record of Ida Nissen’s creative process, as well as a collection of finished works.
300 DKK

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RSS Press (DK)

Our Future with Nature (2023)

*Our Future with Nature looks at how artistic and scientific practices can supplement and enrich one another as we attempt to face the processes and consequences of climate change.
150 Kr
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'Our Future with Nature,' 2023

Courtesy of RSS Press