This Year’s NY Art Book Fair Promises to Devour Your Entire Paycheck

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The world-class New York Art Book Fair will celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend at MoMA PS1, one of the city’s largest meccas for contemporary and experimental art. If you attended this event last year, then you know the mega gallery will be filled, room after room, with interesting people and their treasures: photography books from Japan, pop-up books from Estonia, comics from Argentina and handmade postcards and other ephemera from every corner of the world.

The artists and small publishers who come to exhibit their wares at the NY Art Book Fair are the best of the best, and there is a lot to see. Specialty magazines and monographs by acclaimed graphic designers, architects and illustrators will dazzle and delight you, and that’s not to mention the unexpected stuff — those weird and obscure gems that wink at you from the table and stop you in your tracks. You will definitely have to restrain yourself with superhuman force to keep from spending your entire paycheck, just on art books.

This year’s preview party is scheduled for Thursday night, September 17, from 6-9 pm, and will feature live music from DROOID5$Z and Bookworms in the courtyard of PS1. Tickets are available here. Apart from this opening event, the NY Art Book Fair is free and open to the public. Doors will be open from September 18-20, 2015.

The fair will feature displays from over 370 booksellers and independent presses, representing 28 countries and everything from DIY zinesters to rare and antique dealers. There will also be a full program of workshops, talks and readings, including a Friendly Fire discussion for those interested in talking about the intersection of art and activism. This is a great opportunity for emerging artists and writers to join a conversation and a community. It’s also a great event for browsing.

Last year’s fair was attended by more than 35,000 people. Read more about the program here.

-by Rachel Veroff