AO On Site – New York: Opening Preview of The New York Art Book Fair (and new M.Wells eatery) at MoMA/P.S.1, Thursday, September 27th, 2012

September 28th, 2012

Image: Matthew Higgs introducing performers Malcolm Mooney and Sun Foot. All images by Heather Hannig for ArtObserved.

The Seventh Annual NY Art Book Fair opened last night at Moma/P.S. 1., presented by Printed Matter, Inc., with a performance by Malcolm Mooney and Sun Foot. The fair presents artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by 283 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from twenty-six countries. Lucy Lippard and Paul Chan are the keynote speakers for this year’s Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference.


Image: Klaus Biesenbach and Adam McEwen

The fair takes its inspiration from a European fair called I NEVER READ, Independent Art Book Fair Basel, created in Switzerland by Johannes Willi, Thomas Keller and Eveline Wüthrich, who had their own stand at the New York fair.

Image: Eveline Wüthrich and Johannes Willi

The museum’s various exhibition rooms and its outdoor pavillion were set up with tables displaying a full range of printed materials including books, posters, record albums and t-shirts.


Image: M. Wells’ school cafeteria-themed eatery

MoMA/P.S.1 also inaugurated its new dinette, M. Wells, with a school cafeteria vibe (but serving beer and wine). It is a reincarnation of the old Hunters Point diner in the neighborhood that closed down after losing a battle with its landlord. Apparently the rumor that it was going to serve raw horsemeat simply wasn’t true.


Image: Exhibitor at Swill Children’s booth

Image: New York Art Book Fair Exhibition View

Image: Printed Matter’s booth

Gagosian Gallery is presenting a library and reading room inspired by the late Mike Kelley. White Columns is presenting Malcolm Mooney’s new album on their proprietary record label, along with books and editions.

The fair is open to the public through 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept 30th at MoMA P.S. 1, 46-01 21st Street, Long Island City.

-Fernanda S.

Seventh Annual NY Art Book Fair
Printed Matter, Inc.
White Columns
Gagosian Gallery
I Never Read Art Book Fair