Printed Matter’s 2008 NY Art Book Fair

October 24 - 26, 2008

Printed Matter, Inc. presents The NY Art Book Fair, New York City’s annual fair devoted to contemporary art books, art catalogues, artists’ books, art periodicals, and ’zines. Over 140 international exhibitors, from major distributors and antiquarian dealers to independent publishers and artists, will participate in the third annual Fair, taking place this year at Phillips de Pury & Company at 450 West 15th Street at 10th Avenue. A ticketed Benefit Preview will take place on Thursday, October 23, 6-9 PM. Admission to the fair and events is FREE. See

Exhibitors and participants from New York City to Oslo to Tokyo will be attending the Fair to showcase both contemporary and classic works within the medium of artists’ publications. Back by popular demand, Friendly Fire, a curated zone of artists and independent publishers, features artists and art collectives who self-publish in a free-spirited range of forms from books and ‘zines to CDs and DVDs.

Fun and engaging events including book launches, signings, screenings, and music performances take place each day of the fair. The opening night will feature a performance by Jonathan Monk and running throughout the fair, mfc-michele didier will present I MET, I WENT and I GOT UP, the trilogy by ON KAWARA as well a retrospective of Robert Barry’s artist’s books from 1970 to the present. Electronic Arts Intermix will present a new video program called “Out of Print.” Artists present for book signings include Gary Panter and Marina Abramovic, Terence Koh, Micah Lexier, Matt Keegan, and Michel Gondry, among many others: see for the full schedule.

On view will be the exhibition QUEER ZINES, an inclusive historical survey of over 100 publications that examines the continuing transgressive potential of queer and punk zines. Curated by Philip Aarons and AA Bronson, with Alex Gartenfeld. A comprehensive catalogue is available for purchase.

Artists Paul Chan, Matthew Higgs and Anne Collier, and Jonathan Monk have created new limited editions for the fair’s opening night Benefit Preview. Tickets are available at three price tiers and each level of admission is accompanied by a limited edition artwork.

Scott Hug has created the world’s largest zine (28 x 38 inches), which will be exhibited throughout the Fair on a wall next to Printed Matter’s booth. Each of the 18 pages of the untitled zine are silkscreened and fill a specially designed silkscreened portfolio. Untitled is produced in an edition of 2 plus 1 AP. A detail from the zine is pictured above.

Exhibitors: 2nd Cannons Publishing, A.R.T. Press, Afterall, Anartist, Andrew Roth, Arkitip, Art Fancy, Art Metropole, The Art Newspaper, Artbook/D.A.P., Artforum, Artists Books Johan Deumens, Artists Space, artonpaper magazine, Artspeak, Aspen Art Museum, Autonomedia, Banana Books, BAS, Basso, Bengtsson Fine Art, Billy Miller, Beni Bischof, Bobo, Bongout, Book Works, Bookforum, Booklyn, Bose Pacia, Eleanor Brown, BUTT Magazine, Bywater Bros. Editions, Cabinet, Marcus Campbell Art Books, Capricious Publishing, Center for Book Arts, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Cinders Gallery, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Daviet-Thery, DECODE BOOKS, Deep Dish TV, Dexter Sinister, Dia Art Foundation / Dia: Beacon, DIK Fagzine, Dobbin Books, Drawn & Quarterly, Ediciones Originales, Edition Fink, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), Emily Carr University Press, Exit Art, Eye Level Gallery, Edie Fake, Fillip, Fluens Forlag, Four Corners Books, Free103point9, Freight + Volume, Gagarin - The Artists in their Own Words, Galeria Estampa, Gallery 360 Degrees, Girls Like Us, Kate Glicksberg, Handbook Magazine, Susan Happersett, Harper’s Books, Hassla Books, Iconoclast Editions, Islands Fold, j. morrison, the journal, K48, Kingsboro Press, Kink, Darin Klein, David Krut Projects, Le Edizioni Della Luna, Steven Leiber, Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Lovely Daze, Michael Lowe, Malmö Konsthall, Scott McCarney Visual Books, John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Mer Paper Kunsthalle, mfc - michèle didier, Gregory R. Miller & Co., MIT Press, modlitbooks, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Nieves, Not an Alternative, onestar press, Ooga Booga, Our Mouth Records, Paper Tiger Television, Paperback Magazine, Parkett Publishers, Passenger Books, Mark Pawson, Peres Projects/DADDY THE MAGAZINE, Michalis Pichler, Picturebox, PIN-UP Magazine for Architectural Entertainment, Pinups Magazine, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Presentation House, The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, James Prez, Primary Information, Printed Matter, Inc., Printed Project, Purgatory Pie, Pyramid Power, R.A.M. Publications + Dist., Inc., REGROUPEMENT DES CENTRES D'ARTISTES AUTOGÉRÉS DU QUÉBEC, Red 76, Regency Arts Press Ltd., Retard Riot., Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Sara Ranchouse Publishing, Silverman Gallery, Sims Reed Ltd., skúta, Specific Object, Spoonbill & Sugartown, THE THING QUARTERLY, THEY SHOOT HOMOS DON’T THEY?, Three Star Books, Torpedo Press, USELESS Magazine, Utrecht, Visionaire, Visual Studies Workshop, Vitamin Creative Space, Weproductions, Western Exhibitions, White Columns, Dale Wittig, Woodist/Fuckit Tapes, WW3 Illustrated, Zucker Art Books.

Poster design by “Garrick Gott”: