Jet Set Saturdays: New York Art Book Fair at P.S.1
“My darling Diamond” drawing and mono-prints on A4 paper and photos of videos on video screen 2009. Image credit.
Good afternoon. After landing safely at La Guardia we made a B line for P.S.1 where Printed Matter, the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to publications made by artists, is currently presenting the fourth annual NY Art Book Fair.
Here, across the river from last years venue, scores of D.I.Y publishers — 205 from 21 countries — together with thousands of readable (and affordable) artworks. Also there are exhibitions by Bruce La Bruce and Richard Price; book signings by Ryan McGinley and Shirin Neshat; a video art project room by Electronic Arts Intermix; and The Classroom, three days of rapid-fire, artist-driven programming with courses by Haim Steinbach, Triple Canopy and our old friends the Bruce High Quality Foundation, who visited Miami recently for the Bravo casting call to promote their Bruce High Quality Foundation University, a progressive practical research university invested in the manipulation of the histories that inform artistic practice.
Printed Matter says: “All weekend long, The NY Art Book Fair bursts at the seams with exhibitors, lectures, exhibitions, performances, and the second annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference. Zine-makers, artists, collectives, and young publishers bombard two full galleries with all things DIY—from rare zines to hand-packaged DVDs—in the Friendly Fire and Flaming Creatures sections of the Fair.”
Also at the is fair Miami’s own artist/writer (and now publisher) Gean Moreno. With the help of a Knight Arts Challenge grant Moreno founded [NAME] Publications and for the last few days has been in New York promoting Daniel Newman’s WWW, [NAME] Publication’s first publication among other upcoming projects. We asked Moreno what his favorite thing so far has been. He says: “Things have been pretty steady. The White Columns booth has some pretty interesting facsimile books made with binders, they have a nice homemade feel. Invisible-Exports also has a Genesis P- Orridge heavy table and e-flux is doing a Xeroxes print on demand thing.”
Check back with us next Saturday for more high-rolling low-maintenance carbon-centric journalism. In the meantime here’s a related interview from Art Fag City with the NY Art Book Fair’s Executive Director, A.A. Bronson.
This post was contributed by Thomas Hollingworth.