Ten Things Not to Miss at this Weekend’s NY Art Book Fair 2011

09/30/2011 2:45 PM |

MoMA PS1s fancy new entrance pavilion is finished!

  • MoMA PS1’s fancy new entrance pavilion is finished!

MoMA PS1 is looking especially sharp this weekend as the hungry masses—the kind voracious for aesthetically refined and cutting-edge printed material—descend on the museum to find exactly what they’re looking for and much, much more. The New York Art Book Fair (through Sunday) consists of over 200 stands representing international art book publishers, periodicals, zines, and the like. All of this in addition to myriad speakers, book signings, and events makes for a satiating—and splendidly overwhelming—weekend in Long Island City. Visit and browse away, by all means, but here are ten things to keep an eye out for…

In e-fluxs book coop.

  • In e-flux’s book coop.

Stationed inside a refurbished aluminum airstream trailer in the museum courtyard is the e-flux book coop, which contains over 600 book titles from a cooperative of over 100 art institutions around the world. The tiny space contains a wealth of titles you’re unlikely to found elsewhere, and proceeds go directly the institutions and authors.

Tauba Auerbach, who showed a mesmerizing series of “fold paintings” at the 2010 Whitney Biennial, is the keynote speaker at this year’s NY Art Book Fair conference. She’ll be speaking about her forays into art bookmaking on Saturday at 2pm. Some of her books can be found at Paula Cooper Gallery‘s stand.

The Printed Matter stand, with an exhibition of photography books.

  • The Printed Matter stand, with an exhibition of photography books.

Printed Matter, the Chelsea art book mecca and organizer of the fair, is showing an exhibition of artists’ photography books. The exhibition takes a chronological look at photography as a strategy in the art book. You’ll find editions from Sol LeWitt and Ed Ruscha, amongst others.

With the Piracy Project Book Room, London-based publishers AND fill a room with books from around the world that are pirated—either through unlicensed reprinting or full-on interference with content—in explorations of creativity and originality that “sit not in the borrowed material itself, 
but in the way it is handled.”

At the Art Book Fair, books glow like gold.

  • At the Art Book Fair, books glow like gold.

The Werkplaatz Typografie, a visual arts masters program in the Netherlands, presents for the first time the Mary Shelley Facsimile Library in which students show books that they’ve bootlegged in a manner consistent with their research and practice. WT is located in a cozy corner room filled with delightfully kitschy furniture and decoration borrowed from a Bed-Stuy apartment. To add to this pleasant domesticity, refreshments are served.

Brooklyn-based artist David Horvitz will be hosting a sneaky little talk called “Confessions of a Book Thief” Sunday at 6pm. BYOB and your thoughts on making away with free books (all irony intended).

So many zines to swap...

  • So many zines to swap…

Canadian photographer Ryan Foerster is hosting a Zine Swap all weekend in the museum courtyard. There’s sure to be fertile selection of raw artist material. Bring a zine to exchange.

In the third floor hallway there are a ton of previous editions of Showpaper—the bi-weekly art poster that lists all-ages shows in New York—available for the taking. They’ll also be throwing an hour-long concert featuring five bands at 3pm on Sunday.

Because a $200 annual subscription to The Thing is out of reach for most, it’s worth checking out their stand at the fair. The quarterly periodical mails out functional objects conceived of by creatives. The last issue was by James Franco, and one by Dave Eggers is slated for later this year.

Roe Etheridge will be signing the monograph from his recent show Le Luxe while Joel Sternfeld signs copies of his new book First Pictures, tonight at 6pm. This is an impressive pairing of photographers, and they’ll be sitting at the same table.

Of course, this is only small sampling of the panoply of stands and events at this weekend’s NY Art Book Fair, a sensory overload for those keen on their visual sense.

Always a feast for the eyes.

  • Always a feast for the eyes.