The NY Art Book Fair starts tomorrow at P.S.1 and I’m going to be wandering around there all weekend. I’m psyched to meet a bunch of internet friends and to put faces with all the names that are on my bookshelves. I’m most interested in meeting and reading at the tables of the many small, independent publishers that will be there hustling and trying to do their thing. Of the 200 publishers presenting, here are five of my favorites:
Decathalon Books is a collaborative publishing project initiated by Duncan Hamilton and Peter Sutherland. The intention is to publish ten books over a two year span, featuring artists, writers and photographers that both Duncan and Peter admire. (photo from Parking Lot Hydra by Estelle Hanania)
Dexter Sinister is the compound name of David Reinfurt and Stuart Bailey. Recently described as ‘pamphleteers,’ in 2006 Dexter Sinister established a workshop in the basement at 38 Ludlow Street, on the Lower East Side in New York City.
Gottlund Verlag is a small publishing house located outside of Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Working primarily with emerging and mid-career artists, our books follow in a lineage while being innovative and forward thinking. (photo: Es Vedra Smoking, Ibiza, 2005 printed on the letterpress from a copper engraving, included in a special boxed version of the first 10 copies of Henry Roy’s Spirit.)
Werkplaats Typografie will transplant its 17 international students from Arnhem to P.S.1 for their project room. Printed matter produced and designed by students, staff and alumni will cover the walls: books, stationery, posters, t-shirts, bags, typefaces. Everything on display is for sale.