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This year, the NY Art Book Fair is honored to host three exhibitions which survey the work of individuals whose contributions have enriched the field of artists’ books:
An Homage to Mike Kelley
(Gallery G)

Gagosian Gallery presents a tribute to the late artist Mike Kelley (1954–2012), a portrait in the form of a library with a selection of materials reflecting cultural and intellectual interests and passions that each contributor to the library associates with the late artist.

In Memoriam: The Book Catalogs of Steven Leiber
(Performance Dome)

Printed Matter, Inc. presents a tribute to the late Steven Leiber (1957–2012), featuring his infamous sales catalogues, together with the legendary publications that they mimicked, drawn from the collection of Philip Aarons.

In Memorium: the Publications of John McWhinnie
(Performace Dome)

The NY Art Book Fair presents a tribute to the late John McWhinnie (1968–2012), including a complete collection of the books that he published in his lifetime.

The Classroom

A curated series of informal conversations, workshops, readings, and other artist-led programs, with continuous enrollment for all fair-goers throughout the weekend. The Classroom is organized by David Senior, Museum of Modern Art Library.

All Classroom sessions take place in Gallery W, on the second floor nearby stair D.


7:00 pm
Matt Wolf, I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard

Joe Brainard (1941–1994) was an artist and writer whose evocations of memory and desire perhaps found their greatest expression in his memoir-poem I Remember. Filmmaker Matt Wolf returns to the text in his film I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard. This archival montage combines audio recordings of Brainard reading from the poem, as well as an interview with his lifelong friend and collaborator, the poet Ron Padgett. The result is an inventive biography of Joe Brainard, and an elliptical dialog about friendship, nostalgia, and the strange wonders of memory. 24 mins, 2012.


1:00 pm
Creeps Human Binding Machine

Creeps is an annual publication featuring diverse facets of visual art, writing, and interactive fold-outs from a large and unique collective of artists unified through self-publishing. Creeps will present the third installment of their magazine in an unbound form providing performative insight into the process of publishing through live assembly, binding, and finishing. Presented by Ed. Varie.

3:00 pm
Weekday no. 3 Launch

On occasion of the launch of the third issue of Weekday, Publication Studio’s occasional journal of new writing, editors Megan Stockton and Patricia No will discuss the past, present, and future of Weekday and the place of the literary journal in contemporary writing and publishing. They will be joined by Weekday authors Christine Hou and Laura Jaramillo, who will read from their work.

4:00 pm
Karel Martens

Acclaimed graphic designer and Werkplaats Typografie founder Karel Martens will discuss his half-century of printed experimentation in an intimate conversation with David Senior, Prem Krishnamurthy, and other guests. Presented by Project Projects and P!.

5:00 pm
Album issue 7, presented by Eline Mugaas

In celebration of Album issue 7, the “Universe” issue, Oslo-based artist Eline Mugaas will present a slideshow of collected images and distribute a new poster available free to visitors.

6:00 pm
Swill Children, Sk Sk

A CD that skips is like a bleeding machine; it is a crossover-aberration, it is the conversion of physical defacement into binary code. Sk Sk is the reperformance of a skipping CD through both acoustic and electronic instruments. Composed and performed by Jesse Hlebo, Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Kid Millions, and others.


12:00 pm
Why Don’t Artbooks Rate Review?

The dearth of public commentary on photo—and art books and the scant attention paid to art writing can be disheartening. There’s a “Best American Writing on Mathematics” series but none for art? These two blind spots in mainstream cultural commentary are the topics under discussion on this panel. Moderated by Lesley A. Martin, publisher of the recently launched journal, The PhotoBook Review from Aperture, who will be joined by Sharon Gallagher, President and Publisher of ARTBOOK | D.A.P. and Alberto Mobilio, Co-editor of Bookforum. Presented by Aperture.

1:00 pm
On DIY Publishing and Exhibiting

Gee Vaucher and Johan Kugelberg will discuss DIY publishing, Exitstencil Press, Boo-Hooray, and their recent books Crass Art and Other Pre Postmodernist Monsters: 1961–1997 and Punk: An Aesthetic. Presented by Boo-Hooray.

2:00 pm (ADDED!)
Bookcatalogtest Test

Urs Lehni, designer and founder of Rollo Press, introduces the new 2012 Contemporary Artists' Books Conference edition, Bookcatalogtest. Created with the artist Triin Tamm, the publication derives from Bücher- katalogtest” (bookcatalogtest), a personality test developed by the Swiss psychologist Moritz Tramer in the middle of the last century. The new test will be on hand for testing.

2:00 pm (CANCELED)
El Instrumento y Su Obra: Luis Camnitzer in conversation Kristina Lee Podesva
A discussion of the discursive gaps between conceptualism and Conceptual Art as well as institutional critique and artistic self determination, among others. Presented by Fillip in conjunction with the launch of their seventeenth issue and the publication Institutions by Artists: Volume 1.
3:00 pm
Diane Borsato, Terrestrial/Celestial

Collaborating with a varied cast of characters—beekeepers, mycologists, astronomers, physicists, bees, cats, snowballs, tango dancers, passersby, plants, curators, hotel porters—Canadian artist Diane Borsato creates social practices and interventions that propose eccentric models for relating to one another and to the world. A short artist talk will be presented in conjunction with the launch of Borsato’s monograph, published by the AGYU.

4:00 pm
Marco Poloni, Stringer Theory, or: On Waves, Surfers and other Mutants

A lecture on surfing by Italian and Swiss artist Marco Poloni. The presentation will span the aesthetics and theory of waves, the historical, technological and performative aspects of surfing, and the sport’s relationship to language. Presented by Kodoji Press.

5:00 pm
Petra Cortright, HELL_TREE: a reading

Cortright will read from her new e-book HELL_TREE accompanied by video projections created specifically for the reading. A short conversation between Cortright and Badlands Unlimited publisher Paul Chan will follow.

6:00 pm
A Cappella: A Program of Readings

Bob Nickas, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Laurie Weeks and Joseph Whitt will read short selections of prose. The program is organized by Conrad Ventur, presented by Useless Magazine.

7:00 pm
Book as Performance

Viewing party for "2013," by Justin James Reed, released earlier this year. The book utilizes ink that can only be viewed under ultra violet light and was created with performative experience and communal viewings in mind. This program will include a video performance of the book by Anouk Kruitof and a live group viewing of the book in complete darkness. Presented by Horses Think Press.

7:30 pm
Anouk Kruithof, Enclosed Content Chatting Away in the Colour Invisibility

Screening of a video that documents Dutch artist Anouk Kruithof’s installation of roughly 3,500 found Eastern European books written under communism, which have been exhibited throughout Europe since 2009. The books were used to construct a wall, with their colours and sizes determining its rhythm.

8:00 pm
Reuben Lorch-Miller, The Human Dam

Using the cult classic A Bucket of Blood as hit catalyst, Lorch-Miller embodies the protagonist Walter Paisley and performs an exorcism of sorts, freeing Walter from art, guilt, and desire. This event also marks the release of a flip-book by Lorch-Miller of the first Human Dam performance, which took place in Oakland in 2010. Presented by Land and Sea.


12:00 pm
Tom McCarthy and Simon Critchley

In celebration of the International Necronautical Society’s newly released collection of texts published by Sternberg Press, The Mattering of Matter: Documents from the Archive of the International Necronautical Society, General Secretary Tom McCarthy and Chief Philosopher Simon Critchley will read a short declaration. Presented by Sternberg Press.

1:00 pm
Alexis Zavialoff and Erik van der Weijde

An illustrated conversation between Zavialoff and van der Weijde on printing, publishing, distribution, and animals. Presented by Motto.

2:00 pm
Commerce by Artists

Art Metropole's latest publicationCommerce by Artists (edited by Luis Jacob) documents a sweeping range of artists’ projects that seek to engage, rather than merely represent, the commercial world of which they are a part. This conversation with the books’ contributors includes Mendi + Keith Obadike and Rainer Ganahl, who will focus on the translation that takes place when an entity moves from “here” to “there.” Moderated by cheyanne turions. Presented by Art Metropole.

3:00 pm
Sometimes you can’t be there, so it’s good to know what happened. Sometimes you’re there and still want to know.

Jeanine Oleson talks with art historian and critic Johanna Burton about performances, language, objects and documents. This presentation is related to the publication of Oleson’s two new artist books based on earlier performance works, What? and The Greater New York Smudge Cleanse (Circle & Square).

4:00 pm
Emma Hedditch and Isla Leaver-Yap, The Obscure Woman

Hedditch and Leaver-Yap discuss 1970s film journals Camera Obscura and Frauen und Film. Mapping the push-pull of feminism’s recognition of, and distancing from, the dominant visual codes of the period, the speakers contextualise the journals’ approaches to the practical and theoretical aspirations of feminism.

6:00 pm
2-UP Firesale!

In anticipation of a series of new poster releases this fall (upcoming: Matthea Harvey + Monika Zarzeczna; Mores McWreath + Nathan Lee; Zerek Kempf + Benjamin Kress), 2-UP will be liquidating our archive and back catalog of posters published to date. Posters will be given away at a casual reception in the Classroom.


2-UP will be giving away free copies of its entire catalogue on a rotating hourly basis in the courtyard.

Bread and Puppet Press present roving Jingle Book Vendors throughout the Fair.

Cambridge Book, an art book collection and consultancy directed by Carson Salter and Sandeep Bhuller, will live stream and document select Classroom sessions at In partnership with, a collaborative tool for assembling information. Contribute additional documentation at

Robin Cameron will perform the work Heavy Heart outside the stairwell adjacent to the Classroom on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Her performance features a meteorite that is the same weight as a human heart.

Ryan Foerster will host a zine-trade meet-up, open to all. Give a zine, take a zine.

Showpaper presents a series of newspaper boxes created by artists, on view in the courtyard and surrounding areas.

Dexter Sinister and Erik Wysocan present Watch Wyoscan 0.5 Hz in the Classroom. Time is like that: both point and duration. This is how it can bend and warp. A week, a second, a season: all are equal and discrete, but none are the same. The present can be cut to any number of lengths, from a single vibration of a cesium atom to the display cycle of a digital watch.

Featured Programs & Performances

The Schoolyard
(Courtyard A)

A lively selection of international artists and zinesters will represent independent publishing at its most innovative and affordable in the MoMA PS1 courtyard. Select exhibitors include: La Bibliothèque Fantastique (France); Red Letter Day (San Francisco, CA); Fantasy Camp (Canada); and Working Class (New York), among many others.

Focus: Photography
(Gallery R, 2nd floor)

A cross-section of photo-based books and magazines, including: A-Jump Books (Ithaca, NY); Dashwood Books (New York); FANTOM Photographic Quarterly (Milan); FOAM Magazine (Amsterdam); Mörel Books (London); and TBW Books (Oakland, CA).

Project Rooms
Art Metropole, Artexte, and the Dalhousie Art Gallery (Canada) present ARTFORUMx by Michael Maranda; onestar press (France) debuts their new CAMERA ARTISTS portfolios, featuring Daniel Gordon and Tim Maul; MxEditions will present new publications, workshops, an exhibition, and performance, by Mexican and Latina/Latino artists; PPP Editions (New York) launches Out To Lunch, a book project by Ari Marcopoulos that includes silk-screened prints, posters, sticker sheets, zines, and more; Salon für Kunstbuch (Austria) assembles recent Austrian publications, ranging from artists’ books and fanzines to limited-edition artworks; Three Star Books (France) presents work by John Armleder and Thomas Hirschhorn; Werkplaats Typografie (The Netherlands), a Fair favorite, presents a collaborative project by its entire student body for the fourth year running.

6:00–9:00 pm, Performance Dome

Sun Foot,
Malcolm Mooney

Free musical performances by Sun Foot, who will release a picturedisc record featuring artwork by Stefan Marx to benefit Printed Matter, followed by Malcolm Mooney (original vocalist with Can).


7:00–9:00 pm, ICP-Bard MFA Studios
10×10 Japanese Photobooks Reading Room

Ten specialists select ten books each for a pop-up reading room of onn-hundred Japanese photobooks that coincides with the NY Art Book Fair. Join us for an opening reception on Friday, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. "10×10" will remain on view from Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30, 3:00 to 9:00 pm. Sponsored by the International Center of Photography Library. (24-20 Jackson Avenue, 3rd Floor)

6:00–8:00 pm, SculptureCenter,
SculptureCenter celebrates the NY Art Book Fair

Join us as we celebrate the NY Art Book Fair and the release of a new publication accompanying the exhibition A Disagreeable Object, on view at SculptureCenter through November 26. (44-19 Purves Street)


3:00, Staircase
Travis Edgy (Picture plane) and DJ Dog Dick

Showpaper presents a collaborative noise set by two musicians.


1:00 pm, Performance Dome
The Electric Information Age LP

A multimedia collaboration between DJ/composer Daniel Perlin, designer/ musician Adam Michaels, and historian/performer Jeffrey Schnapp. Perlin, Michaels, and Schnapp have formed the group The Masses (with live keyboards by Shannon Harvey) in order to remix their recent book on experimental paperbacks, The Electric Information Age Book. Can you dance to a book? The question was answered in the affirmative by the “first spoken arts record you can dance to”: the Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore, and Jerome Agel record album The Medium is the Massage. The LP was released by Columbia Records in July 1967 on the heels of the mass market success of the first “electric information age” book The Medium is the Massage.

2:00 pm, Performance Dome
Hito Steyerl and Brian Kuan Wood in conversation

e-flux presents artist and writer Hito Steyerl’s reader The Wretched of the Screen, published conjunction with Sternberg Press. Steyerl will discuss her publication with Wood, editor of e-flux journal.

3:00, Staircase
Doron Sadja

Composer and artist Doron Sadja presents selections from “Self-Portraits,” a series of works exploring the augmentation of acoustic sound and phenomena through digital manipulation and mimicry. Using live and pre-recorded strings, Sadja will create a site-specific work highlighting and transforming the unique acoustics of the stairwell at MoMA PS1.

3:00 pm, Performance Dome
Conversation with Terry Smith

Author and art historian Terry Smith and Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Curator of Contemporary Art, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, will discuss Smith’s latest publication, Thinking Contemporary Curating. Published by Independent Curators International (ICI) this fall, the book closely examines what is urgent in the rapidly evolving international curatorial field. Moderated by Kate Fowle, Director, ICI.

5:00 pm, Performance Dome
Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980 is the first major exhibition to track the influence and diversity of conceptual art across Canada and the American and other international borders. In conjunction with the publication release, Halifax INK has organized a panel discussion on the development of conceptual art in Canada within an increasingly global context and international dissemination of conceptualism. Participants include: Vincent Bonia (author/independent curator, Montreal); Peter Dykhuis (director/curator, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax); Barbara Fischer (executive director/chief curator, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto); and Jayne Wark (professor of art history, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax). Moderated by Amish Morrell (edtior, C Magazine, Toronto).

Book signings

All book signings will be held in the lobby of MoMA PS1 (Gallery F) unless otherwise noted.


7:00 pm, Table J03
AA Bronson (General Idea), Liquid Assets. Presented by Bywater Bros. Editions.

8:00 pm
Matthias Herrmann, 69 and 270 West 17th Street #20C NY NY 10011. Presented by Printed Matter, Inc.


12:00 pm
Chrysanne Stathacos, The Wish Machines Travels, second edition. Susan Silas, EYES WIDE SHUT. Presented by MOMMY.

1:00 pm
Daniel Everett, Standard Edition. Presented by Études Books.

2:00 pm
The Grand Domestic Revolution Catalog. Presented by Casco—Office for Art, Design and Theory.

2:00 pm, Table Z02
Michael Dumontier & Micah Lexier, Call Ampersand Response. Presented by Nieves

3:00 pm
Malcolm Mooney, new LP record. Presented by White Columns.

3:00 pm, Table L02
Chris Johanson and Eric Lyle, Streetopia. Presented by Booklyn Artists Alliance.

4:00 pm
Franck André Jamme, Tantra Song. Presented by siglio.

5:00 pm
Brendan Fernandes, From Hiz Hands. Presented by Art in General.

5:00 pm, Gallery V
Enrique Santos, The Mexican Suitcase. Presented by MxEditions.

6:00 pm
J Carrier, Elementary Calculus. Presented by MACK.

11:00 am
Joachim Schmid, Bilderbuch. Travis Shaffer, Sorority Skin Tones: Government Girls. Paul Soulellis, Weymouths and 273 Relics for John Cage. Elisabeth Tonnard, We are small and Recounted. Presented by ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative.

12:00 pm
Yelena Kalinsky, ed., Collective Actions: Audience Recollections from the First Five Years, 1976–1981. Scott Burton, Collected Writings on Art and Performance, 1965–1975. Presented by Soberscove Press.

12:00 pm, Table D15
André Feliciano, gardener André Feliciano: from Modern to Floraissance. Presented by Projecto MULTIPLO.

1:00 pm
Buzz Spector, Buzzwords: Interviews with Buzz Spector. Presented by Sara Ranchouse Publishing.

1:00 pm, Table Q45
Greg Stimac, Empire/Old Faithful Inversion. Presented by LAND AND SEA.

2:00 pm
Masanao Hirayama, 4333. Presented by Nieves.

2:00 pm, Table E01
Christopher Bonanos, Instant: The Story of Polaroid. Presented by Princeton Architectural Press.

2:00 pm, Table E02
Garry Neill Kennedy, The Last Art College: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1968–1978. Presented by The MIT Press.

2:00 pm, Table Q48
Jill Magid, Failed States. Presented by Publication Studio Vancouver.

2:30 pm, Table R15
Melissa Catanese, Dive Dark Dream Slow. Presented by The Ice Plant.

3:00 pm, Table C03
New titles from Peauline Beaudemont, Vianney Fivel, Adrien Guillet, Anne-Sylvie Henchoz, Anne Le Trotter, and Suzanne Perrin. Presented by Hard Copy and HEAD/Monospace Press.

3:00 pm
Heather Benjamin, Sad Sex. Presented by Desert Island.

4:00 pm
Ron Jude, Executive Model. Presented by Libraryman.

5:00 pm
Lobby Elijah Burgher, Gayhouse. Presented by Septembre éditions

5:00 pm, Table Q63
Erica Baum, Dog Ear. Catherine Taylor, Apart. Presented by Ugly Duckling Presse.

5:00 pm, Table R17
Tim Roda, The Butcher's Block. Presented by Kodoji Press

6:00 pm
Stefan Ruiz, The Factory of Dreams. Barney Kulok, Building. Presented by Aperture Foundation.

7:00 pm
Amanda Marsalis, Reproduction. Landon Metz, Photo Journal. Presented by Ed. Varie.

7:30 pm, Performance Dome
New titles from Paul Chan and Lucy Lippard. Presented by Badlands Unlimited/DESTE (Chan) and Afterall, Fillip, & The MIT Press (Lippard).

8:00 pm
New publications by Peter Sutherland and Jesse Hlebo & Andrew Laumann. Presented by Swill Children.


11:00 am
Cara Phillips, Singular Beauty. Presented by Fw.

12:00 pm
Diana Scherer, Nurture Studies. Presented by van Zoetendaal Collections.

12:00 pm, Table X01
Courtney Childress & Aaron Krach, Wanting Everything More.

1:00 pm, Schoolyard A70
Filip Noterdaeme, Madame Bovary, Lettre à un religieux, and the artist’s catalogue raisonné. Presented by La Bibliothèque Fantastique.

1:00 pm
Gee Vaucher, CRASS ART AND OTHER PRE POSTMODERNIST MONSTERS 1961–1997 and Johan Kugelberg, Punk: An Aesthetic. Presented by Boo-Hooray.

1:00 pm., The Schoolyard A34
Jasper Sebastian Stürup, Written In Fur Drawn In Snow. Presented by Fluens Forlag and Forever & Today, Inc.

2:00 pm
Dan Graham, New Jersey. Presented by Lars Müller Publishers.

2:00 pm, Gallery Y
Ari Marcopoulos, Out To Lunch. Presented by Andrew Roth and PPP Editions.

3:00 pm
Amy Stein & Stacy Mehrfar, Tall Poppy Syndrome. Brian Finke, Construction. Presented by DECODE, Inc.

3:00 pm, Table X05
Susan Mills, Twentysix Flowers.

4:00 pm
Mickey Smith, Denudation. Presented by Hassla.

4:00 pm, Gallery H
Bernhard Cella, and . learning english has no use. Presented by Salon für Kunstbuch.

5:00 pm
Grace Kim, Foam Magazine #32.

6:00 pm
Michalis Pichler, SOME MORE SONNET(S). Eric Doeringer, Michael Maranda, Michalis Pichler, and The Yes Men, July, August, September 2012. Presented by "greatest hits."