New York Art Book Fair returns for the first time since the pandemic –


The New York Art Book Fair may be crowded and visually overwhelming, but I missed it. Where else can a top-notch art gallery, an old bookseller and a 22-year-old zinester share space for a sweaty weekend?

For this year’s iteration, the show’s first IRL venture in New York since 2019, organizer Printed Matter pulled the show out of MoMA PS1 and returned to the site of its first event, which took place in 2006: 548 West 22nd Street in Chelsea.

A lot has changed over the past 16 years, but artist Noah Lyon has had a booth at every show.

“At the very beginning, it was kind of for art book collectors – a pretty small, nerdy collecting population,” he told me from his post on the 4th floor, where he sold his button buttons. signing with a new zine called Weird. “16 years later, the zine culture is huge, and I think the fair has contributed a lot to that,” he added.

Indeed, the sea of ​​umbrellas with which I was greeted upon my arrival indicated nothing but a healthy art book economy. Somehow I was able to get around the long line and make my way through the exhibitor door and into drier conditions. Then I was bombarded with the usual aesthetic overload: books, zines, shirts, and posters from every corner of the art and counterculture world.


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