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SEPTEMBER 20–22, 2019





Opening Night: September 19 
22-25 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

September 20–22, 2019
Opening Night: September 19

22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

September 20 — 22, 2019

Over the course of four days, Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair provides more than 100 free conversations, workshops, performances, and other artist-led programs. Fair programs also include curated exhibitor sections, publication-focused exhibitions, and signings and launches of new books. 

Browse the full daily schedules and add programs to your personal calendar ︎

Audio Archives

The online audio archive of The Classroom series is now available. The archive features presentations from NYABF 2019 exhibitors Capricious, CASSANDRA Press, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New Documents, Pacific, Raking Leaves, Raw Meat Collective, Shifter Magazine, and more. Recordings generously provided by Blank Forms. Listen to the full programs from Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or explore on mixcloud.

The Classroom            

            presents informal lectures, readings, screenings, and other activities by artists, writers, designers, and publishers. Over the course of the NYABF, the program series highlights exciting new releases and fosters dialogue around important themes within contemporary art publishing and the broader community. NYABF 2019 participants include: Iñaki Bonillas, Leidy Churchman, Akwaeke Emezi, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Michael Stipe, and Carmen Winant, among many others. Organized by David Senior, Head of Library and Archives, SFMOMA.

This year, The Classroom will be held in two locations, indicated as CL (the second floor), or CLT (the basement theater).

The Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference

            taking place on Saturday, September 21 and held at Artbook Bookstore Event Space, is organized by art librarians and professionals in the field, with sessions that cover a range of lively topics from artists, scholars, and other leading figures, with a keynote address by the artist Adam Pendleton.

The Stage

           will host over 20 performances. Showcasing emerging talent alongside legendary artists, the Stage provides exposure for artists of all kinds, from musicians and sound artists to  poets and performance artists.

Courtyard Workshops            will include a series of artist-led workshops by Endless Editions, as well as contributions from Cybernetics Library, The Free Black Women’s Library, and a NYPL Picture Collection Outpost.

Exhibitor Projects

             are special publication-focused presentations by select fair exhibitors. This year’s projects include: a multi-generational survey of Graphzine, an underground artist publishing scene that emerged in France in the 1970s; expanded presentations of newly launched publications by Ryan Gander, Warren Neidich, and Taryn Simon; and a workshop series presented with Endless Editions.

The Shannon Michael Cane Award

             is granted to four first-time NYABF exhibitors (artists, artists' book publishers, or collectives) in the early stages of their careers. This year’s NYABF winners are Candystore, Doran Walot, The Nice Magazine, and PHILE Magazine.

Shannon Michael Cane (1974–2017), was a pillar of the Printed Matter family and artists’ book community, serving as Curator of Fairs and Editions from 2013–2017.

Friendly Fire

            provides an important platform that brings together social justice organizations and politically-minded artist publishers. This year's participants include 8-Ball Community, Gato Negro Ediciones,  Hardworking Goodlooking, Visual AIDS, and World War 3 Illustrated, among others. Curated by Printed Matter’s Executive Director Max Schumann.

Dome Spotlights

            is a new curated section of 34 exhibitors, whose selection was based on a single artists’ book project, now presented in expanded form on occasion of the Fair.

Anecdoted Topographies of Exchange

           taking place on Sunday, September 22 and held in the Basement Theater, is a program of talks and events curated by Benjamin Thorel (After 8 Books, Paris), which highlights the independent publishing practices and research projects developed by French artists, graphic designers, curators, and librarians.