Art Book Fair Braves Inclement Weather


Inclement weather and subway outages on both the E and G lines did not keep the crowds away from Long Island City this weekend, where P.S.1 MoMA hosted Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair, Sept. 30–Oct. 2. Organizers are calling the sixth annual event a success, with attendance totals comparable to last year’s 16,500 people.

Offering a wide range of artists’ books, zines, contemporary art catalogs, monographs and art periodicals, over 200 vendors from over 20 countries gathered at P.S.1 for the third consecutive year. With one less floor inside the museum than last year, the fair spilled out the museum’s doors and into “The Schoolyard,” where a large tent featured more than 60 zinesters and independent artists. Just outside the entrance, curatorial project e-flux debuted a book co-op inside an airsteam trailer, offering books from over 100 art institutions around the world, with all proceeds going directly to the publishers and authors.

The fair was accompanied by a series of informal workshops and conversations titled “The Classroom,” as well as the two-day Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference featuring keynote speaker artist and book-maker and painter Tauba Auerbach.

In conversation with A.i.A., Printed Matter’s executive director, James Jenkin, described Auerbach’s book [2, 3], distributed by Printed Matter at $350 in an edition of 1,000, as a major seller during the fair. “It’s a unique and special book; an oversized pop-up book featuring six dye cut paper sculptures that unfold into elaborate geometric forms—there’s nothing else like it.”