The annual New York Art Book Fair took place this weekend, presented by Printed Matter, the city’s pre-eminent nonprofit organization supporting art books. Held at MoMA PS1 in Queens, the three-day fair hosted plenty of great purveyors of art books from around the globe, and saw plenty of readily accessible items to true art grails on offer.
KNOW WAVE hosted a ton of events during the fair’s duration, including artist Jason Polan doing a live reading from Timbaland’s memoir, several DJ sets, and a few live shows broadcast from MoMA PS1. The collective also collaborated with Printed Matter on an exclusive t-shirt only available online and at the fair, seen here on Mordechai Rubinstein, the photographer featured in our latest issue of Short For Zine.
Divided into several areas, artist and frequent Raf Simons collaborator Sterling Ruby had an installation at the Gagosian Gallery’s booth, where free prints were being given out. Eric Elms’ &Press imprint presented a limited run of Stüssy tees once exclusive to the Japanese market, and artist Cali Thornhill-Dewitt sold prints and books as well.
Of course, given the current political climate, it’s no surprise there was plenty of anti-Trump pieces on display, including a print from Horowitz Posters that donated proceeds to the ACLU. 8-Ball also had a zine workshop outside, and Fotomat was developing prints in its booth.
There was also a ton of great music and punk ephemera available, including a rare book of poetry by Patti Smith, and rare reprints by RE/Search publications, a seminal punk imprint that once had a Ruby Ray-photographed cover featuring writer William S. Burroughs—which just recently was reinterpreted by the folks at Supreme.
Get a closer look at what went down in our gallery above.
Now check out the full collaboration between Supreme and artist Andres Serrano.
- Photography: Bryan Luna