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Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair Returns September 21–23

This year’s highlights include a historical exhibition of zine publishing, outdoor projects exploring the immigrant experience in the US, and an immersive interactive reading room!

NYABF 2017. Photography by Jesse Winter.

Presented by Printed Matter, Inc., the 2018 NY Art Book Fair (NYABF) will bring together 365 publishers, artists and collectives from all over the world, offering a dynamic view into contemporary and historical artists’ publishing. The NYABF 2018 program hosts numerous special projects and exhibitions, and is accompanied by a full calendar of free artist-led discussions, performances, interactive workshops, and well as an off-site Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference (CABC) exploring various aspects of art book culture. As always, the fair is free and open to the public.

A ticketed opening preview includes a limited edition work by artist Ryan Gander and will feature live performances by DJ Monchan, Roe Enney, and Odwalla1221, presented by NYC-based arts non-profit Blank Forms. The Preview will take place on Thursday, September 20, 6–9 pm. For tickets and information, visit printedmatter.org/tickets.

Highlights from this year’s fair include:

  • A History of Zines!, a wide-reaching historical exhibition of zine publishing across the 20th century and onward, beginning with science-fiction and underground horror publications of the 1920s, and concluding with new works created on occasion of this year’s NYABF.
  • Two new projects developed by Press Press and We the News in the MoMA PS1 courtyard, exploring themes around immigration and the immigrant experience in the US.
  • The Shannon Michael Cane Award, a new grant available to first-time NYABF exhibitors (artists, artists’ book publishers, or collectives) in the early stages of their publishing career. backbone books, Ian Giles, MonoRhetorik, and Sming Sming Books have been selected as the inaugural winners.
  • Special exhibitor projects, including an immersive interactive reading room of The Free Black Women’s Library by 3 Dot Zine, a presentation of posters and drawings from Richard McGuire by Alden Projects™, a project space in collaboration with choreographer William Forsythe presented by Gagosian, an exhibition of works and notebooks by Dan Asher from Martos Gallery, an installation of new limited edition artists’ book editions from onestar press and Three Star Books, new screenprint portfolios by artists Shio Kusaka and Nicolas Party from Karma, and the return of the special Boiler Room installation from Netherlands-based Werkplaats Typografie.

Hours and Location
Preview Thursday, September 20, 6–9 pm (ticketed)
Friday, September 21, 1–7 pm
Saturday, September 22, 11–9 pm
Sunday, September 23, 11–7 pm
MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY.

For more information, visit nyartbookfair.com

NYABF 2017. Photography by Jesse Winter.
NYABF 2017. Photography by Jesse Winter.
NYABF 2017. Photography by Jesse Winter.