NY Art Book Fair 2022

October 13 - 16, 2022
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Printed Matter’s 2022 NY Art Book Fair

October 13–16, 2022
548 W 22nd St
pmabf.org

Apply here!
Deadline: May 3, 2022 11:59pm EST

Printed Matter is excited to announce the return of the beloved NY Art Book Fair, scheduled to take place October 13-16, 2022, at 548 W 22nd St, the historic location of Printed Matter’s very first NYABF and just around the corner from our Chelsea bookstore.

We’re planning NYABF 2022 with renewed energy and intention. Our foremost goals are to continue to provide a platform for artists’ book publishers through visibility and distribution, to create opportunities for conversation and exchange, and to nurture new and long-standing relationships.

Since the Fair’s founding in 2006, this community has come together to celebrate the history and future possibilities of artists’ book publishing. Over the past two years, Printed Matter’s Art Book Fairs have learned to adapt and take on new forms: an expansive virtual Fair, collaborations with other non-profit organizations, and reimagined interdisciplinary events and programming. Despite so many recent challenges, we have witnessed the resilience of artists and publishers. Today, the work happening in artists’ book publishing feels more urgent than ever and we are committed to bringing back the Fair in a way that is meaningful and safe.

We look forward to working with our new venue partners at 548 W 22nd St, and we express our sincere thanks to MoMA PS1, host of the NYABF 2009–2019, for their partnership and commitment to Printed Matter for over a decade.

We can’t wait to reunite in October!

Exhibitor applications are now open for NYABF 2022. The deadline to apply is May 3, 11:59 EST. The Fair represents a broad range of artists and collectives, small presses, institutions, galleries, antiquarian booksellers, and distributors. Exhibitors will be selected based on the strength of the materials submitted through the application. We seek to expand representation with a focus on identity, geography, scale of publishing operations, and through the welcoming of first-time exhibitors to our Fair.

Note that in the new location the Fair will be reduced in scale compared to our most recent productions. We are aiming to present approximately 160 exhibitors alongside programs and special projects, some in coordination with neighboring organizations. Keeping this in mind, we encourage applicants to emphasize new work and/or inventory and share generous responses about their interest in participating.

NYABF 2022 resumes the Shannon Michael Cane Award for four first-time exhibitors in the early stages of their publishing practice. This year we are also offering a new grant dedicated to BIPOC artists and publishers. Through this initiative we hope to redistribute necessary resources while highlighting the flourishing creative work happening in these communities. Lastly, we are exploring a new program for US-based exhibitors to share their space with an international exhibitor in an effort to invigorate alternative distribution networks. Additional information about these opportunities, as well as table fees, can be found in the application.

Stay tuned for updates and check out the FAQ on our website!

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