The Editions/Artists' Book Fair, the annual showcase for the hottest new prints on the press, takes place Nov. 3–6 at 548 W. 22nd St., in the former Dia Center for the Arts building in Chelsea. Unlike the concurrent IFPDA Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, which has 90 exhibitors showing works dating back to the 16th century, the smaller E/AB fair, with about 60 exhibitors, is focused on contemporary works. Admission to the E/AB fair is free, subsidized by a commissioned print. This year's offering is Bloom, a 14-by-12-inch screenprint by Fred Tomaselli. With strands of colorful leaf-like forms on a black background, it is issued in a limited edition of 200 for $200 each.
Founded in 1998 by veteran dealers Brooke Alexander and Susan Inglett, the fair is now run by Inglett, who has seen it grow steadily since its inception, from about 20 exhibitors to the current 60. Since the fair relocated to the Dia building from the Tunnel building on 11th Avenue a few years ago, Inglett says, attendance has spiked.
Sara Jo Romero of Schroeder Romero & Shredder, which is participating for a second year, told A.i.A., "many editions are inexpensive, especially compared to a unique work, so that is appealing to collectors in a down economy." The gallery has asked some of its artists who don't usually produce editions to create a multiple for the occasion. Prices at Romero's stand will ranging from $125 to $12,500.
Highlights include a survey of prints by Peter Saul at Carl Solway of Cincinnati, and Rirkrit Tiravanija's untitled 2008-2011 (the map of the land of feeling), a set of three 27-foot-long scrolls, brought by the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University. Among the galleries, presses and workshops participating this year are David Krut Projects, Feature, Inc., and Exit Art from New York; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Graphic Matter, Ghent, Belgium; Carroll and Sons, Boston; and Parkett, Zurich and NYC.