The New York Art Book Fair took place this past weekend, where the two words you heard most often were "totally overwhelmed". Organized by Printed Matter, it is the largest independent art book fair in the world, where over 20,000 visitors come out to MoMA PS1 to be totally overwhelmed by the hundreds of impressive art publishers you'll find on site.
With so much going on, there are a few things about the New York Art Book Fair that you can always rely upon, year after year: a new and amazing selection of print titles, an intense and swampy humidity in the air, and a friendly spirit of camaraderie among visitors and exhibitors alike. It's a great place to gain exposure, exchange ideas, and support really incredible indie projects. Here's just a very small selection of the highlights of this year's book fair.
One great thing, apart from supporting your local independent book stores, like Mast Books, Karma, or Dashwood, for instance—is supporting independent stores abroad. Claire de Rouen is one of London's most legendary bookstores, known for being a world-class home to many international emerging artists and their publications.
A great section of the fair is the focus on photography, where you'll find an array of amazing exhibitors and their books—included here are J&L Books (pictured above), organized by Leanne Shapton and Jason Fulford. More great presses in there worth mentioning are Mörel Books, The Ice Plant, and Libraryman.
And since I'm Canadian, it feels necessary to plug all the amazing Canadian exhibitors at the fair every year—one of which is Bywater Bros. Editions, promoting their latest title with Jack Pierson. Some other Canadians include the wonderful Art Metropole, New Documents, Fillip Magazine and of course our magazine, Bad Day.