Printed Matter, Inc. presents
THE NY ART BOOK FAIR
September 30–October 2, 2011 Preview: Thursday, Sept. 29, 6–9 p.m. www.nyartbookfair.com
22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY
Printed Matter, Inc. presents the sixth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 30 to October 2, 2011, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. A preview will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 29th. Free and open to the public, and featuring more than 200 exhibitors, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, contemporary art catalogs and monographs, art periodicals, and artist zines. Exhibitors include international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and independent publishers from more than twenty countries.
16,500 people attended The NY Art Book Fair 2010, the last edition of this favorite meeting place for book collectors, dealers, artists, curators, independent publishers, and other art enthusiasts.
The NY Art Book Fair 2011 will include special projects, screenings, book signings, and performances throughout the weekend. The Classroom—a curated series of artist-led workshops, readings, and discussions—and the fifth annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference—a dynamic, two-day symposium on emerging practices and debates within art-book culture—will engage visitors in lively conversation all weekend long.
A list of exhibitors is available online at www.nyartbookfair.com. For press inquiries, call (212) 925-0325 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
NY Art Book Fair preview and reception: Thursday, September 29, 6 pm–9 pm
Sculpture Center celebrates the Fair: Saturday, October 1, 7–9 pm 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City
The Classroom A curated series of informal conversations, workshops, readings and other artist-led programs, with continuous enrollment for all fair-goers throughout the weekend. Participants include: A-Jump Books with Nicholas Muellner (Ithaca, NY); PPP Editions with Vivien Goldman (New York); Dial Records with Nick Mauss (Berlin); Gottlund Verlag (Kutztown, PA); Kingsboro Press (Brooklyn); Paraguay Press (castillo/corrales) (France); among many others. The Classroom is organized by David Senior, Museum of Modern Art Library.
Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference A dynamic, two-day program focused on emerging practices and debates within art-book culture. This year’s sessions will feature a keynote address by artist Tauba Auerbach, and will address an array of topics, including: artists’ books from Latin America, non-commercial distribution practices, contemporary criticism, and the pedagogical use of artists’ books in the juvenile justice system. The Conference is organized by the CABC Committee and is free to the public for the first time. A schedule is available online at www.nyartbookfair.com/conference.
Friendly Fire A diverse group of politically-minded artists and collectives focused on the intersection of art and activism, including: Autonomedia, GuerrillaGirlsBroadband (both New York); Publication Studio (Portland, OR and Canada); Red76 (Nomadic); Half Letter Press / Temporary Services (Chicago, IL); among many others. Friendly Fire is organized by Max Schumann, Printed Matter.
The Schoolyard A lively selection of international artists and zinesters will represent independent publishing at its most innovative and affordable in the MoMA PS1 courtyard. Select exhibitors include: Noah Lyon / RETARD RIOT, Cinders, Fluens Forlag and Flâneur (Brooklyn); Goteblüd (San Francisco, CA); Needles & Pens (San Francisco, CA); and ZINE’S MATE (Japan).
Focus: Photography A curated cross-section of photo-based books and magazines, including: Blind Spot, Dashwood Books (both New York); FANTOM (Milan); FOAM Magazine (Amsterdam); Little Brown Mushroom Books (Saint Paul, MN); Mörel Books (London); and TBW Books (Oakland, CA).
Special Projects Exhibitors will organize special presentations, workshops, and other projects, ongoing throughout the weekend: AND Publishing (London) will present The Piracy Project, an exhibition and publishing project on the concept of authorship and politics of copyright; e-flux (New York) will present The Book Co-op, a mobile home featuring publications by over 200 international art centers, artist-run spaces, and independent publishers; Ryan Foerster (New York) will organize a zine swap; The Serving Library (New York) will provide temporary wi-fi, open to all; Werkplaats Typografie (The Netherlands), a Fair favorite, will present a collaborative project by its entire student body for the third year running.
Lectures, Performances, Screenings, and Other Highlights The Fair will also present special performances organized by exhibitors, including Showpaper and Swill Children (both Brooklyn), as well as a video screening program organized by EAI (Electronic Arts Intermix) (New York), and a full schedule of book signings. Dalhousie Art Gallery/Halifax, INK (Canada) and Independent Curators International (ICI) (New York) will present a panel conversation on the life and work of Martha Wilson. Fillip (Canada) will present a newspaper publication investigating the image politics of governmental and corporate accountability.
Artists’ Photography Books Printed Matter presents an historical overview of artists’ use of photography in their books, from the sixties to today. These are not your typical photo books: from Ed Ruscha’s deadpan cataloguing of the western urban landscape, to Sol LeWitt’s use of photography in his investigation of patterns, systems and sequences, these publications employ photography as a strategic component in the aggregate of the book as art work.
Feminine ZINE’S MATE (Japan) presents “Feminine,” an exhibition of zines and artists’ books published by Japanese women. The practice of self-publishing zines has flourished among women throughout Japan in recent years, not only among artists but also fashion designers, writers, students, and others, creating the rich and diverse collection of publications that form the basis for this exhibition.
Loose Leaf: Publications as Assemblage Semina, the art and literary journal published by artist Wallace Berman from 1955–1964, will be proudly featured alongside a number of other assembled magazines from the 1960–70s as part of “Loose Leaf.” This special exhibition will examine an era during which the composition of printed matter was performed, transmitted, and scrambled, generating new possibilities for published artworks. “Loose Leaf” is organized by David Senior, Museum of Modern Art Library.
We Are The Writing On The Wall A special exhibition of one hundred vintage British Punk fanzines, also compiled and published in one volume by PPP Editions as 100 Fanzines/10 Years of British Punk: 1976-1985, featuring writings by Vic Brand and Toby Mott, and designed by Garrick Gott.
New artwork editions to benefit the NY Art Book Fair Printed Matter presents new limited-edition artworks by Marc Hundley, Colter Jacobson, Harmony Korine and Nick Relph. Purchase of these editions support the Fair, helping to ensure the event remains free.
Adventures in Living This new publication, edited by David Senior, brings together contemporary language-based artworks, poetry, and image-text dialogues, in homage to the assembling practices first developed by mid-twentieth century artists’ periodicals including Semina. Contributors include Alejandro Cesarco, Eve Fowler, Dora Garcia, William E. Jones, MPA, Carl Pope, Scott Reeder, Paul Sepuya-Mpagi, and others. Artist and designer Aaron Flint Jamison coordinated production at YU, Portland, OR. Sales of Adventures in Living will support free admission to the Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference.
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Printed Matter, Inc. Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists’ books and other artists’ publications.
Printed Matter, Inc. has received support, in part, through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Morris B. and Edith S. Cartin Family Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, The Gesso Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Schoenstadt Family Foundation, Shapco Printing, Inc., the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and individuals worldwide.