After a two-year hiatus spurred by the pandemic, the San Francisco Art Book Fair (SFABF) at the Minnesota Street Project (1275 Minnesota Street) debuts this Thursday, July 14 to the public – allowing local, national and exhibit their works to more than 50,000 visitors over four days.
There have recently been a series of beloved local events coming out of their pandemic-induced hiatus. (Corgi Con, for example, made its serotonin-filled comeback on June 26 as hundreds of corgis and thousands of humans descended on Ocean Beach for the first time in three years.) Now adding to that list of events returning to the fold is SFABH, which was launched in 2016 as part of a collaboration between Colpa Press, Minnesota Street Project and Park Life Store and Gallery to celebrate and support the art publishing community of the Bay Area.
The fair is now expanding its offering to include more programs at three different venues on site and new exhibitions from world-renowned artists. The annual four-day event showcases a unique selection of artist books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines and other print media; some 130 publishers, antique dealers, artists and galleries from the Bay Area and around the world are expected to be in attendance for this year’s SFABH.
Also this year, the SFABF will have an outdoor Zine Tent that will host some 38 publishers who help make bookmaking accessible, while lowering the financial ceilings usually associated with it. Also for 2022, SFABF will host its first-ever outdoor Tennessee Street programming session, which will feature works by artists from southeast San Francisco, as well as a series of performances over the weekend.
Over the fair’s four days of events – which include author readings and signings, a looping library of short videos in the media room, podcast recordings, industry conversations with VIPs notable edition, and more – refreshments and food options from outside food trucks Sam’s Chowdermobile, Mozzeria, Tacos, San Buena and Yummi BBQ will be served. And to accommodate concerns about rising Covid-19 cases, organizers are asking exhibitors and the general public to wear masks at all times; they are also supposed to control crowds, provide good air circulation for indoor environments and regularly clean surfaces; a quarter of the SFABH exhibitors have now been moved outside to avoid the crowds.
For more information about SFABGH, including on-site vendors and publishers – plus a full schedule of events – visit sfartbookfair.com.
The SFABH is free and open to the public from Thursday July 14, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 17.