Paging Through the 8th Annual New York Art Book Fair

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The entrance to the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1
The entrance to the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1
Richard Prince's album covers at Fulton Ryder
Richard Prince's album covers at Fulton Ryder
The dome featuring Bruno Munari book works in the vitrines
The dome featuring Bruno Munari book works in the vitrines
Richardson magazine's table
Richardson magazine's table
Printed Matter books
Printed Matter books
Printed Matter editions
Printed Matter editions
Ramaya Tegegne performs at the fair
Ramaya Tegegne performs at the fair
Skuta Helgason's mailable pamphlets
Skuta Helgason's mailable pamphlets
The scene upstairs
The scene upstairs
Artist editions at The Song Cave
Artist editions at The Song Cave
The entrance to the zine tent
The entrance to the zine tent
Part of the Bruno Munari exhibition
Part of the Bruno Munari exhibition

The eighth annual New York Art Book Fair took place over the weekend with 280 exhibitors piling up magazines, catalogues, and artist books on tables spread all throughout MoMA PS1. The event's director, Shannon Michael Cane, took over this year for longtime curator A.A. Bronson, former president of the fair’s nonprofit sponsor Printed Matter, Inc. But apart from a few new additions to the exhibitor list, the affair maintained its signature youth-driven energy and D.I.Y. appeal.

The schoolyard near the entrance rounded up some of the scrappier purveyors in what's commonly called the "zine tent," but which actually houses everything from copies of the erotic gay poster magazine Pinups to T-shirts by artist James Morrison. Small presses set up shop in the dome across the way, where exhibitors like The Song Cave offered artist editions by Josh SmithR.H. Quaytman,and others.

The former schoolhouse itself remained home to more traditional fare, including hefty monographs by Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer at blue-chip dealer Marian Goodman's table. Elsewhere, one could find a mixed bag of magazines, including Richardson, a nude-pictures glossy that purports to be anti-porn, and Blind Spot, the biannual magazine/curatorial platform in which contemporary artists like Walead Beshty and Taryn Simon spotlight never-before-published works of photography. Upstairs, Richard Prince had a few collaged record covers on view with his bookstore Fulton Ryder, which also brought a selection of white monochromes atop articles reporting good news. They were called "Good Paintings."

There seemed to be an emphasis on curated, single-artist presentations this year. The New York gallery and research center Alden Projects brought a selection from the late Richard Artschwager’s library, which included rare artist books by Gordon Matta-Clark, Sol LeWitt, and Joseph Beuys, among others. And organizers curated a mini-retrospective of rare books by Italian artist and designer Bruno Munari inside the PS1 dome. 

For more highlights from the fair, see the slideshow above. 

 

 

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