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The Art Book Fair brings out artists of all kinds to appreciate print media
The Art Book Fair brings out artists of all kinds to appreciate print media | Courtesy of Jesse Winter
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The New York Art Book Fair Takes Place This Weekend at MoMA PS1

Picture of Michael Barron
Books and Digest Editor
Updated: 21 September 2018
The Art Book Fair will see hundreds of small presses, artists, publishers and magazines gather into one sprawling space in Queens, New York, to celebrate the art of print.

This weekend, MoMA PS1 hosts the annual Art Book Fair. Presented by Printed Matter, the fair celebrates the art-publishing community with representatives from publishers large and small. This free event features 365 exhibitors from around the world. From zines to artist collections, the fair has a little something for art lovers of all stripes.

The Art Book Fair is about expanding the idea of what a book can be while honoring the history of print art. The fair is dotted with artists and publications promoting their wares. Educational displays like the exhibition ‘History of the Zine’ add a valuable historical perspective to the fair.

Printed Matter
Printed Matter presents the Art Book Fair each year | Courtesy BJ Enright Photography

Lectures, panels and presentations will be held throughout the weekend in The Classroom, a dedicated educational area with two locations. Presentations include ‘What It Means to Write About Art’ with Jarrett Earnest and Lynne Tillman; ‘Fighting Extrovert-Supremacy, the Shy Radicals Struggle’ with Hamja Ahsan and Arun Kundnani; and ‘Mapping Out the Far East: The Art Book Scene in Asia’ with Utrecht Books. For even more presentations, visit Book Culture, a new bookstore in Queens, which will host panels such as ‘Queer Publishing as Community Practice’ with Nicole Killian, Be Oakley and Gabriel Ramirez, and ‘Diasporic Print Space’ with Lizania Cruz, PJ Gubatina Policarpio and Stephanie Orentas.

A jury will announce the shortlist for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, but these organizations are not the only ones celebrating. A number of presses are launching books and magazines at the Art Book Fair, including mag@zine: Sex, Gender, Print; Neil Winokur: Dogs, Portraits, and Objects; Connect Here; and more.

ABF Exhibitors
Artists staff their own booths, providing the opportunity to discuss the art on display | Courtesy of BJ Enright Photography

The Art Book Fair is the perfect place to connect with your favorite artists and discover creators on the rise. This year’s festival runs all day from September 21-23 at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens. Entrance is free. For more information, visit the Art Book Fair website.