PRINTED MATTER! “Artists’ Photography Books” Exhibition at Art Basel, NYC In-Store Exhibition, and more!

OH to be able to see these exhibitions!  If any readers are lucky enough to attend Art Basel, or see the in-store exhibition up through June, please take some installation views for me!

From Printed Matter’s e-blast this morning:

“Printed Matter is pleased to announce its participation in this year’s Art Basel.  For the 2011 fair we will have two stands: the Artists’ Photography Books exhibition in the Artists’ Books Sector of Art Unlimited in Hall 1.0; and a shared booth with Art Metropole in Hall 2.1/Booth Q21.

Artists’ Photography Books opens on Monday, June 13, with a preview at 4 PM, and Hall 2.1 opens with a preview on Tuesday, June 14. Both stands will be open  through Sunday, June 19.

Artists’ Photography Books, organized in collaboration with Zurich-based curator and publisher Lionel Bovier, will present a broad survey of artists’ books from the 1960’s to the present. These are not your typical photo books: from Ed Ruscha’s deadpan cataloguing of the western urban landscape, to Sol LeWitt’s use of photography in his investigation of patterns, systems and sequences, these publications employ photography as a strategic component in the aggregate of the book as art work. Drawing from and expanding on conventions of photography and related photographic media, the artists’ books in this exhibition explore the possibilities of artistic expression. The entire exhibition is drawn from the collection of Zurich collector Christoph Schifferli.

In addition to the exhibition, a huge variety of artists’ photography book works will be on display for sale: zines by Ari Marcopoulos; an original one-of-a-kind exttravaganza by Jonathan Meese; Alan Kaprow’s “Activity Books” from the 1970’s; El Caso, a grisly miniature book of corpses by Christian Boltanski; Larry Clark’s tome Punk Picasso; a 1980’s artist pamphlet by Sarah Charlesworth, to name a few as well as classics by John Baldessari, Martin Kippenberger, Gordon Matta-Clark, Richard Prince, Jack Pierson, Anne Collier, Ryan McGinley, Katja Stuke, Dash Snow, Sophie Calle, Jonathan Monk, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Helen Douglas, Olaf Nicolai, Charlotte Dumas, Christopher Wool, Andy Warhol, and many others.

At our booth in Hall 2.1, Printed Matter will feature yet another array of artists books, multiples and editions. Selections from Printed Matter’s publishing program, including our most recent – Abraham Lincoln by Rachel Harrison – will be featured alongside a choice selection of in and out of print publications, including titles by Tauba Auerbach, Matthew Barney, General Idea, Robert Gober, Misaki Kawai, Harmony Korine, Raymond Pettibon, Christian Marclay, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth, Tom Sachs and many others. We also will have a sampling our fundraising print editions by Matthew Higgs & Anne Collier, Mark Gonzales, William E. Jones, Ari Marcopoulos, Jack Pierson, Seth Price and Kiki Smith.”

Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists’ books and other artists’ publications.

Printed Matter, Inc.





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ABC Artists’ Books Collective
Opens at Printed Matter

Printed Matter is pleased to announce the opening of ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative, a new exhibition surveying work from members of the print-on-demand collective ABC. The group, established in 2009 by Joachim Schmid, is a growing network of artists committed to the production and distribution of artists’ books through Print on Demand technology. The exhibition is open June 2nd – June 30th, 2011.

SAVE THE DATE:  NY ART BOOK FAIR, September 30 – October 2nd, 2011 at MoMA’s P.S.1 in Queens, NY

The NY Art Book Fair 2011


See you there!


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