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An incomplete history of print art book fairs

An incomplete history of print art book fairs
October 13 – 29, 2022
Hauser & Wirth New York
22nd street

Coinciding with the return of New York Art Book Fair this October, Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street presents the exhibition ‘An Incomplete History of Printed Matter’s Art Book Fairs’. Organized by Printed Matter and Darling Green in collaboration with Publishers Hauser & Wirththe first presentation of its kind will be visible right next to this year’s show (October 13-16).

An incomplete history of print art book fairs

A key part of the project, a series of newly conducted interviews and conversations with current and past exhibitors will shed light on the individual experiences that make up the collective history and life of the fair. “An Incomplete History of the Art Book Fairs of Printed Matter” will bring together a chorus of personal anecdotes, conversations, documentation, printed material and ephemera to give a layered narrative account of the book fairs of NY and LA art since their founding.

Cover: Maria Lassnig, March 2002. Photo: Bettina Flitner, Keystone / LAIF / Bettina Flitner
Cover: Maria Lassnig, March 2002.
Photo: Bettina Flitner, Keystone/LAIF/Bettina Flitner

The project brings together many voices to consider art book fairs as a place of dialogue, exchange and collaboration, while exploring their role in the landscape of experimental art and book publishing. artists. With materials drawn from the archives of printed matter and gathered through an open call for entries, the presentation will unfold as a non-linear investigation and composite oral history of the ever-evolving event.

The exhibition project will be followed by a new print publication (Spring 2023), published by Printed Matter and edited by Darling Green, with design by Garrick Gott and support from Managing Editor Lillian Wilkie. At this year’s show, Hauser & Wirth Publishers will release three new titles: ‘Amy Sherald: The World We Make’, ‘Maria Lassnig: The Biography’ and ‘Jack Whitten: Cosmic Soul’. Visit our booth at the New York Art Book Fair October 13-16 at 58 W 22nd Street.

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