Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair

Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair (PMVABF) February 25–28, 2021, Opening, Wednesday, February 24.

Since 2005, Printed Matter’s Art Book Fairs have hosted international exhibitors featuring a wide variety of works—from zines and artists’ books to rare and out of print publications, and contemporary art editions. This new Fair expanded upon the rich tradition of our longrunning and beloved NY and LA Art Book Fairs, including over 400 exhibitors from 43 countries, with online programs, performances, games, and more.

During the Fair, each PMVABF exhibitor presented a dedicated website to feature their projects. On these sites, visitors encountered artists’ books for purchase, book trailers and artist-made videos, panels and talks, music, as well as the chance to interact with exhibitors. While the past year has been challenging for the field of independent and artists’ publishing, we’re grateful and excited for the chance to bring this community together to uplift the important work of new and longstanding publishers. PMVABF was our largest international gathering yet in celebration of artists’ books and art related publishing.

NY Art Book Fair

Held each fall, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s largest book fair for artists’ books and related publications, featuring over 370 exhibitors from 30 countries, and attended by over 39,000 visitors annually. Free and open to the public, the fair presents an active program of exhibitions, talks, workshops, book launches and performances, as well as many off-schedule events hosted by individual publishers. Since 2009, the fair has been held at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens.

LA Art Book Fair

The LA Art Book Fair, initiated in 2013, is Printed Matter’s companion fair to the NY Art Book Fair. Held at the Geffen Contemporary building at MOCA in downtown Los Angeles, the LA fair features over 300 exhibitors from the west coast and some 20 countries, and is attended by more than 35,000 visitors annually.

Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference

The two-day Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference is held in conjunction with the PM Book Fairs. The Conference focuses on emerging practices and provides a forum for critical discussions around art-book culture with distinguished artists and panelists.
Past Fairs
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