The NY Art Book Fair
November 5–7 at MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Ave - Long Island City, NY
Printed Matter, Inc. and The NY Art Book Fair will take over all three floors of MoMA PS1, November 5–7, to present 275 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, museums, galleries, and artists from twenty-four countries, exhibiting the very best of contemporary art publishing. The Fair will open with a preview on Thursday, November 4 from 6-9 p.m. Admission to the preview and to the Fair is free.
Alongside the Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference and The Classroom programming schedules, the NY Art Book Fair will include the special exhibition You Are Her, organized by Goteblüd (San Francisco), a collection of more than one thousand Riot Grrl zines from the ’90s for reading and photocopying.
The NY Art Book Fair will also include project rooms organized by several publishers. Bedford Press & AA Bookshop (London), in collaboration with artist Joseph Grigely, will present Exhibition Prosthetics, an examination of art, architecture, and the conventions of exhibition production; Andrew Roth (New York) will present Ten Years of PPP Editions, a retrospective of work examining the historical intersections of photography and book art; e-flux (New York) will map a cosmology of texts, ideas, and contributors for its journal; Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI; New York) will present a screening program featuring new and historical video works drawn from its extensive collection; Fillip (Vancouver) will operate a free-distribution center for critical texts from the database of AAAARG.ORG (Los Angeles); PictureBox (Brooklyn) will present a survey that includes work by graphic artist King Terry, imagist Karl Wirsum, and horror-core draftsman Mat Brinkman; and students of Werkplaats Typografie (Arnhem), the Dutch super-school, will establish an alternative economic system for design services.
Other exhibitors’ projects include:
• The Netherlands, this year’s featured country, presenting public programs, book launches, and a project room by Kunstverein Amsterdam and Witte de With (Rotterdam), alongside seventeen other Dutch publishers.
• Leidy Churchman’s series of facsimile book paintings on wood, drawn from the stacks at the Museum of Modern Art Library to trace a unique portrait of artists’ publications over the last century.
• Artists & Activists, a diverse group of collectives and individual artists focused on the intersection of art and activism, including Journal of Aesthetics and Protest (Los Angeles), GuerrillaGirlsBroadBand (New York), The Yes Men (New York), Bread and Puppet (Glover, Vermont), and Half Letter Press / Temporary Services (Chicago)
• Zines by Artists, a lively selection of international zinesters who represent independent publishing at its most innovative and affordable, including The Holster (Brooklyn), Nieves (Zurich), Ooga Booga (Los Angeles), and ZINE’S MATE (Tokyo), alongside a special section of queer zines, including Girls Like Us (Amsterdam), Little Joe (London), Original Plumbing (San Francisco), and PINUPS (Brooklyn).
• Limited editions published by Printed Matter, including new prints by artists Rachel Harrison, Christian Holstad, William E. Jones, and Misaki Kawai.
All weekend long, The NY Art Book Fair will host performances, artist talks, and screenings organized by publishers from across the world, including:
• The Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference, featuring a keynote discussion between Richard Hell, Josh Smith, and Christopher Wool. Full conference tickets, which include a newly commissioned book by Emily Roysdon, are now available online (single-session tickets are also available).
• The Classroom, a series of informal conversations between artists, workshops, and readings, including Brian Belott (presented by f.ART), A.K. Burns & Sophie Mörner’s RANDY magazine (presented by Capricious), Sumi Ink Club, and Olaf Nicolai (presented by Motto)
• Jo Baer in conversation with her son Josh Baer (presented by Roma Publications); Paul Chan reading from his new book, Phaedrus Pron (Badlands Unlimited); Saul Anton in conversation with Boris Groys on Groys’s new book, Going Public (e-flux); and an open conversation exploring how print culture is being changed by online publishing, with James Goggin, Jiminie Ha, Rob Giampietro, and Caleb Waldorf (presented by Triple Canopy)
Other programs include:
• Special performance by Norwegian artists Nils Bech & Bendik Giske during the Fair’s opening reception, Friday, November 4 from 6-9 p.m.
• Book signings, including Vince Aletti (Presentation House Gallery); Jo Baer (ROMA Publications); Klaus Kertess (Gregory R. Miller & Co.); Nate Lowman (The Journal); and Dan Torop (A-Jump Books)
• Musical performances by Excepter, presented by Showpaper; Pablo Picasso, presented by The Journal; and Certain Distinctions, organized by Swill Children, featuring choreography by Angela Vitacolonna, garment design by Mara Sloan, and improvised music by Lucky Dragons, Robert A.A. Lowe (Lichens), Driphouse, and Greg Fox (Liturgy, Teeth Mountain)
Visit www.nyartbookfair.com for a complete list of exhibitors and programs.