Today I rode my bicycle out to MoMA PS1 for the "NY ART BOOK FAIR."
The crowds were unreal, my guess is maybe 20,000 people. Over 350 booksellers. I ended buying 4 books, all of them artists and photographers I did not know. It would be easy to spend a thousand dollars at the show. Sims Reed Ltd. of London had many rare books with prices in excess of 15,000 USD. All I got was their catalog, but talked them about their rare books.
I took a couple of snaps with my iPhone of the photo specific book area, just to show it was as crowded as the subway, in a huge 3 floor building.
Here is how MoMA describes the show:
Printed Matter presents the tenth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 18 to 20, 2015, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. A preview will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 17.
Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines. This year, the fair features over 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from twenty-eight countries. Last year’s fair was attended by more than 35,000 people.
This year’s NY Art Book Fair included an ever-growing variety of exhibitors—from the zinesters in (XE)ROX & PAPER + SCISSORS and theSmall Press Dome representing publishing at its most innovative and affordable, to rare and antiquarian dealers offering out-of-print books and ephemera from art and artist book history, plus the NYABF-classicFriendly Fire, focused on the intersections of art and activism.
The book sellers were very friendly, more than 50% had major gallery affiliation.
Anyone interested in small edition book publishing should probably consider attending, it would be hard to find so many important art book publishers in one building, all willing to talk to artists and photographers. Much of this due to the long involvement of MoMA with photography as art.