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September 26, 2014  |  MoMA PS1
New York Art Book Fair 101
NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. All photos by Gretchen Scott

NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. All photos by Gretchen Scott

The NY Art Book Fair, which runs September 26–28 at MoMA PS1, is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogues, and zines. We asked a few of this year’s 350-plus vendors for tips on tackling the overwhelming amount of merchandise, what’s on their personal shopping list, and more. For details on the NYABF, visit MoMAPS1.org/nyabf.

Leslie Lasiter, Bibliographer at Printed Matter

Leslie Lasiter, Bibliographer at Printed Matter

Printed Matter
Leslie Lasiter, Bibliographer

What item from your own table are you most excited about?
The Sara Cwynar screenprints are our fundraising edition this year. She scans an image from a 1980s darkroom manual and swivels it around while it’s scanning so it creates distortions in the image.

Tips for an ideal Art Book Fair experience?
Do your research beforehand to get an idea of the exhibitors. Talk to the publishers! Don’t be afraid to make conversation with them.

What’s on your shopping list this year?
Album zine in the Norwegian Focus room.

Sarah Simon, Managing Editor at The Thing Quarterly

Sarah Simon, Managing Editor at The Thing Quarterly

The Thing Quarterly
Sarah Simon, Managing Editor


What item from your own table are you most excited about?

We just released The Thing: The Book. It’s a meditation on the book as object. We worked with over 30 different artists, writers, filmmakers, and designers to take on a different element of a book and use that as an exhibition space.

Tips for an ideal Art Book Fair experience?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Take breaks. Hydrate.

What’s on your shopping list this year?
Every year I end up re-upping my subscription to Cabinet.

Tauba Auerbach, Founder, Diagonal Press

Tauba Auerbach, Founder, Diagonal Press

Diagonal Press
Tauba Auerbach, Founder


What item from your own table are you most excited about?

The newest publication is this chain mail book. It’s a series of images of different chain mail weaves which have been processed and rendered with a specially-devised half-toning system. Instead of black dots, it’s all white rings, similar to the ring mesh that chain mail is. It’s bound with the same rings that chain mail is made of.

What’s on your shopping list this year?
There’s an amazing Dan Flavin poster at 6 Decades Books. He made a neon-y font for it.

Alan Felsenthal, Publisher, and Ben Estes, Founder and Publisher, The Song Cave

Alan Felsenthal, Publisher, and Ben Estes, Founder and Publisher, The Song Cave

The Song Cave
Ben Estes, Founder and Publisher & Alan Felsenthal, Publisher


What item from your own table are you most excited about?

Probably our Seth Price print, which we’re debuting at the fair this year.

Tips for an ideal Art Book Fair experience?
Ben: Bring lots of money and give yourself lots of time.
Alan: Visit the dome!

Matvei Yankelevich, Founding Editor, Ugly Duckling Presse

Matvei Yankelevich, Founding Editor, Ugly Duckling Presse

Ugly Duckling Presse
Matvei Yankelevich, Founding Editor


What item from your own table are you most excited about?

Dodie Bellamy’s The TV Sutras just came out this spring.

Tips for an ideal Art Book Fair experience?
I like to come in the morning before everyone else. It’s really nice and mellow and not so hot yet.

What’s on your shopping list this year?
Siglio has a new book by Robert Seydel.

Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books at the New York Art Book Fair

Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books at the New York Art Book Fair

Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books
Myles Haselhorst, Owner


What item from your own table are you most excited about?

A book we published by Jason Brinkerhoff called Unfinished Drawings. I saw the drawings in his studio and he told me they were unfinished, but I found myself wanting to publish and collect them. It raises the question of who decides when the work is finished, the artist or the viewer or the potential collector.

Tips for an ideal Art Book Fair experience?
I engage the same way I do with museums. I do a quick pass of everything and then focus on the things that really draw my attention. There’s so much to look at you won’t be able to look at it all, so you might as well look intently at the things that capture you the most.

What’s on your shopping list this year?
The publisher Christoph Ruckhäberle of Lubok Verlag. I love all the books he does.

Elyse Derosia and Eric Veit, Directors, Bodega

Elyse Derosia and Eric Veit, Directors, Bodega

Bodega
Elyse Derosia and Eric Veit, Directors


What item from your own table are you most excited about?

Eric: We just did a new book with Gene Beery and Joshua Abelow which is kind of a catalog. The next show we’re doing at the gallery is a collaboration with paintings by each artist and collaborative photographs.

Tips for an ideal Art Book Fair experience?
Elyse: Make a game plan first. There’s almost too much to see in one visit. It’s kind of great being here the whole weekend.

What’s on your shopping list this year?
Elyse: Peradam is coming out with a bunch of new books, and I always love their books.

Amy Burek, Awkward Ladies Club

Amy Burek, Awkward Ladies Club

Awkward Ladies Club
Amy Burek


What item from your own table are you most excited about?

The piece I just finished is this accordion-fold book called Half of My Head. It’s about my experience with chronic migraines over the last two years. The images in it are from an MRI I received when I first met with a neurologist to get treatment. Being here at the event is a celebration of the success of the treatment.

What’s on your shopping list this year?

It’s my first visit to New York, so probably something from Printed Matter.