The San Francisco Art Book Fair returns after a two-year hiatus


This July marks the long-awaited return of the San Francisco Art Book Fair (SFABF) to the Minnesota Street Project (the Project) after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Beginning on Thursday July 14 with a special preview from 6-10 p.m. and continuing from Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17, all four days of the fair are free and open to the public.

This annual event showcases a unique selection of artist books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera and artist multiples presented by over 130 publishers, antique dealers, artists and galleries of the whole world. Launched in 2016 as a collaboration between Colpa Press, Minnesota Street Project and Park Life, SFBAF’s mission is to foster the Bay Area’s unique and diverse art publishing community while providing a platform for national and international publishers to expose their work to new audiences.

This year, the show will feature an outdoor Zine Tent with 38 publishers whose practices are dedicated to accessible and inventive forms of bookmaking. There will also be a variety of talks, talks, book launches, special projects and signings hosted by David Senior, Head of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Library and Archives during the weekend.

Additional programming includes presentations in the living room, screenings and interactive programs in the media room, and outdoor activities on Tennessee Street, including an appearance by the Chispa art cart showcasing works by artists from the South. east of San Francisco. The Project Room will feature an exhibition of previously unseen, ephemeral photographs of Jack Smith and the New York City Subway, Andy Warhol and his pals, and The Wonderful World of John Waters. The show is curated by SFABF exhibitor Boo-Hooray and is curated by Chris Veltri, of San Francisco, of Groove Merchant Records.

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