Marc Valli, managing director of the independent book and gift shop Magma and editor-in-chief of Elephant contemporary art magazine, has been appointed as art commissioning editor at Laurence King Publishing.
Valli will be responsible for developing Laurence King Publishing’s art list. His first commissions include: The New Curator, which showcases the most interesting curatorial practices in the art world today; My Life As A Work Of Art, which follows the ‘life’ of works by eight major contemporary artists; and Beg, Steal & Borrow, which looks at modern-day art theft from all angles.
Valli has previously worked with Laurence King Publishing in 2010, developing a gift list with the publishing house in his capacity as managing director of Magma. The list ‘Magma for Laurence King’ created original products including the game Bird Bingo, stationery such as the series of Magma Sketchbooks and The Street Food Journal.
Laurence King said: “Our relationship with Marc goes back quite a number of years. He has brought innovative ideas and artists to the company, helped us create our gift list and commissioned and written many successful art books for us. I am delighted that Marc is joining our company, and have no doubt that this move will revitalise and strengthen our art programme.”
Valli said it was “a great time" to join the Laurence King. He said: "Book publishing is changing. The old dogmas no longer apply. And I feel that Laurence King is embracing these changes and exploring new ideas. The business of publishing must be reinvented and this is the challenge we have set ourselves. No less… On the personal side, after many years working with the company from the outside (either with Magma or Elephant) I am thrilled to now find myself inside it as a member of a closely knit team.”
Valli will continue his role as editor-in-chief of Elephant and as director of Magma, with co-founder Montse Prats becoming managing director of the company. Robert Shore, writer and editor of Elephant, will also be involved in the commissioning of Laurence King Publishing's revamped art list.