November 13, 2006 - Printed Matter, Inc. - The NY Art Book Fair
November 13, 2006

The NY Art Book Fair

Richard Prince, Untitled, 1978/2006, C-print, 20″ x 24″,
edition of 26, accompanies Benefit Preview ticket

The NY Art Book Fair
November 17-19, 2006

Benefit Preview November 16

548 West 22nd Street

Printed Matter, Inc. presents The NY Art Book Fair, New York Citys first annual fair devoted to contemporary art books and artists books. Over 70 international exhibitors, from major distributors and antiquarian dealers to independent publishers and artists occupy a dual-level 20,000 square foot space. The fair takes place 17 through 19 November, 2006, in the heart of Chelseas gallery district at 548 West 22nd Street. A ticketed Benefit Preview on Thursday, 16, 6-9 pm, November benefits Printed Matter, Inc. Admission to the fair and events is free.

Exhibitors and participants from New York City to Reykjavik and Tokyo are convening to share their involvement and activities with contemporary art books. 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.

Events including book launches, signings, performances, and talks take place each day of the fair. Creative Time launches Who Cares, their new book exploring art and social action with performances and presentations by Michael Rakowitz, Seth Tobocman, Dread Scott and Mark Tribe. Matthew Higgs moderates a panel on Printed Matters 30th anniversaryCan We Trust An Organization Over 30? Artists present for book signings include Jen DeNike, Silvia Kolbowski, John Lurie, Josephine Meckseper, Paper Rad, Walid Raad, and Tom Sachs, among others.

Brooklyn artist/designer j.morrison presents an interactive, performative silkscreening station. PERFORMA presents the fairs finale with a performance by Clifford Owens, a recent resident at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Afterwards, RoseLee Goldberg will give comments on the relationship between performance art and documentation.

Specially commissioned for the Fair, artist installations by Joshua Smith and Jan De Cock are on view all weekend. Joshua Smith surrounds the Friendly Fire zone with hundreds of event posters. Jan De Cock debuts a conceptual sculptural installation that forms Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagners fair booth to launch his new book, Denkmal ISBN 908042427. D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers exhibits a new poster series by Gerhard Richter.

Also on view will be REPLICATION: The Books of Sol LeWitt, an exhibition of over 40 works curated by AA Bronson to honor LeWitt as one of the founders of Printed Matter as well as a seminal conceptual book artist.

In honor of Printed Matters 30th anniversary, artists Richard Prince, Matthew Brannon, and Chris Johanson have created new limited editions for the fairs opening night Benefit Preview. Tickets are available at three price tiers and each level of admission is accompanied by a limited edition artwork. Visit for images and details.
Exhibitors: 2nd Cannons Publications; 871 Fine Arts; ANARTIST; Andrew Roth; ARTFORUM; A.R.T. Press (Art Resources Transfer, Inc.); Art in America; Art on Paper; Art Metropole; Back East Press (James Prez); Banana Books; Boekie Woekie, books by artists; Book Works; Bose Pacia; Cabinet; Cinders Gallery; Coracle; D.A.P/Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.; Dia Art Foundation; Deep Dish TV; Dexter Sinister; Dia Art Foundation; ELK; Edie Fake; Fluens Forlag; free103point9; FREIGHT VOLUME; GAS; Kate Glicksberg; Granary Books; Heavy Tapes; Imschoot, uitgevers; J&L Books; Steven Leiber; lightreading, inc.; Michael Lowe Gallery; Lovely Daze; LTTR; Scott McCarney VisualBooks / Keith Smith Books; John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller; Marcus Campbell Art Books; The MIT Press; Modern Painters; Nature Morte; Nieves; onestar press; Open City; Our Mouth; Parkett Publishers; Mark Pawson; PictureBox; Pork Salad Press; powerHouse Books; NSCAD University; Printed Matter, Inc.; r.a.m. publications distribution, inc.; Sara Ranchouse Publishing; Revolver; Retard Riot; RGAP (Research Group for Artists Publications); Ridykeulous, Scrub; Space Poetry; stop over press; TASCHEN; TEXTE ZUR KUNST; Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner, Publishers of Artists’ Books; Ugly Duckling Presse; USELESS; Weproductions; WAKO WORKS OF ART; White Columns; Dale Wittig; World War 3 Illustrated; Zucker Art Books.

For benefit ticket inquires and more information, contact Savannah Gorton, at 212.925.0325 or

For press inquiries, contact Catherine Krudy at 212.925.0325 or

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