New York art book fair 2016

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

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MoMa PS1, Queens

 

As a newbie to art book fairs, I had no idea what to expect at the New York art book fair hosted by Printed Matter at MoMA PS1 in Queens. I have visited the London Art Book Fair at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2015 (there wasn't one this year), but it was minuscule compared to the New York one. I was completely overwhelmed by vast size of the New York one, and I had to return again for a second visit. Yet, I still didn't manage to visit all the stalls, but the experience was eye-opening, and judging from the crowds, I can safely say that book publishing is far from dead!

 

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A former school/warehouse dating back to 1892, MoMA PS1 reopened as P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center after a $8.5 million renovation project in the late 90s. The center eventually merged with MoMA in 2000 to promote contemporary art to a wide and growing audience. 

 

MOMA PS1

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NY ART BOOK FAIR 16  misaki kawai at NY ART BOOK FAIR 16

motto at NY ART BOOK FAIR 16

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3rd right: Japanese artist Misaki Kawai's books and zines; 4th row: Berlin's Motto; Bottom right: Ottographic from U.K.

 

The fair occupied two floors of the building and two outdoor tents, featuring over 370 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from twenty-eight countries, and was attended by over 39,000 visitors. I was glad to see many familiar booksellers and publishers, especially because I have been doing a lot of research on independent bookshops and publishers for our new theme lately. Yet, I was also thrilled to discover new booksellers and publishers from around the world. There was much to see and I had to resist the temptation of purchasing for my own personal interest.

 

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 Onestar Press at NY ART BOOK FAIR 16

Ebecho Muslimova

Ken Kagami  NY ART BOOK FAIR 16  bread & puppet calendar

MARCO BREUER  NY ART BOOK FAIR 16

daido moriyama

Top left: Gagosian Gallery; Top right: KAWS' 'Man's best friend'; 2nd row: OneStar Press stand; 3rd row: Ebecho Muslimova at One Star Press; 4th left: Ken Kagami; 4th right: Bread & puppet calendar; 5th left: Marco Breuer; Bottom row: Daido Moriyama photography

 

Aside from artist books and zines, there was a strong focus on photography books, and some of best stands in the photography section were from Japan, including Goliga, Akio Nagasawa and Komiyama (specialises in vintage art and photography books). As a fan of photography, I finally succumbed to temptation and bought a book & DVD set called 'Tokyo diaries' at the Pierre von Kleist stand from Portugal. I spoke to its Portuguese  publisher and photographer André Príncipe and he told me about his project – how he encountered well-known Japanese photographers such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama, Takuma Nakahira, Hiromix, Kohei Yushiyuki and Kajii Syoin in Tokyo; and how the films were ruined by the x-ray machine during transit. André also signed the book for me, and I left the stand feeling quite satisfied with my purchase.

 

MOMA PS1  VITO ACCONCI: WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?), 1976

VITO ACCONCI: WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?), 1976  VITO ACCONCI: WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?), 1976

VITO ACCONCI: WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?), 1976

VITO ACCONCI: WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?), 1976

'VITO ACCONCI: WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?), 1976' exhibition

 

At my second visit to the fair, I decided to spare some time to see the exhibition on the top floor: 'VITO ACCONCI: WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?), 1976'. The multidisiplinary artist's solo exhibition showcased much of his early performance work through photographs, sketches, films and video footage. His radical and subversive explorations of the human condition, sexuality, voyeurism, identity are still provocative even in today's standards. The exhibition also reinstalled his 'WHERE WE ARE NOW (WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?)', which is made up of a wooden plank surrounded by stools. The plank continues through an open window and becomes a diving board suspended over the traffic below.

 

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NY ART BOOK FAIR 16  Wizard skull' 'Sexy Ronald'

Top & bottom left: The view from MoMA PS1; Bottom right: New York artist Wizard skull' 'Sexy Ronald' could be seen inside and outside of the venue

 

If I had more time, I would have paid a third visit to the fair because I reckoned I only managed to see 2/3 of the fair. As an art book fan, and a new bookseller, I thoroughly enjoyed the fair and its popularity indicates that independent publishing now is thriving and will continue to do so in the near future.

 

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Books, zines and DVD I bought from the art book fair

 


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