guest blog

STUFF TO DO: NY Art Book Fair

by Grace Bonney

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.)

J&L Books is a non-profit Atlanta / New York-based publisher of artists’ books. (photos by Michael Schmelling, The Plan on press in Long Island City, NY)

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.

Suggested For You


Leave a Reply

Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, that comment on people's physical appearance, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.