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2021 Printed Matter Virtual Art Book Fair Celebrates Artist Books and Art Publishing


From February 25 to 28, 2021, Printed Matter will host its first Virtual Art Book Fair (PMVABF), which will kick off with a festive opening event on Wednesday, February 24 at 4 p.m. EST.

The opening, which is free with registration, will include musical performances, interactive activities, a new variety show from the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, the premiere of V. Vale from RE / Search Publications and the theme song by Marian Wallace for PMVABF , plus lots of great ways to learn about publishers, hang out, and have fun. Artist Cory Arcangel has created two editions of a new artwork for the opening, “SimplySimplify,” available as a digital download in an open edition or as limited edition silkscreen; the latter is produced as a fundraising edition in support of the fair.

Each Exhibitor PMVABF will present a dedicated website to present their projects. At these sites, visitors can purchase artist books, attend panels and conferences, view artist book trailers and videos, and listen to music. Participants at the show will also have the chance to interact with exhibitors from all over the world.

For five days, the PMVABF will host dozens of live and pre-recorded programs including lectures, DJ sets, screenings and conversations led by artists, editors, designers, musicians and writers. Highlights include long-standing programs such as The classroom, a Conversation with Artists and Editors series featuring Dayanita Singh, Chip Lord, Dodie Bellamy, Fia Backström and Amy Sillman; and The scene, a diverse lineup of musical performances, including New York’s Papi Juice Collective, Qatar’s Sonic Jeel Collective, V. Vale, Laraaji and many more. PMVABF will also launch a series of guided tours with special guests, as well as a new series of programs focused on the activist editing practices of Friendly Fire exhibitors, and more!

Since 2005, Printed art book fairs hosted international exhibitors presenting a wide variety of works, from zines and artists’ books to rare and out of print publications, as well as contemporary art editions. The new virtual art book fair builds on Print Matter’s rich tradition of beloved NY and LA art book fairs, featuring more than 400 exhibitors from 43 countries, with online programs, performances, games and more.

For more information and how to register, visit pmvabf.org.

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