The New York Art Book Fair at Phillips de Pury

by Art Fag City on October 24, 2008 · 10 comments Events

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The New York Art Book Fair Philips de Pury auction exhibition in pink stripes.  All photos AFC

Have I mentioned I love the New York Art Book Fair?   Because I do.  No snotty dealers, friendly collectors, zero pretension.  Who knew art fairs could be so much fun?  I suspect Vodka and beer sponsors may have had an inkling, as there was plenty of booze flowing at last night’s open bar.  By the end of the night some patrons were even dancing.

One word of warning about the fair: it’s a little overwhelming.  Imagine walking into a giant library and being given a couple hours to pull out the more notable books in the collection even though you’ve read a fraction of what’s there.   Even though all kinds of great art gets missed at art fairs, the potential for this to occur at a book fair increases by a level of magnitude.  As a result I hope to go back to the fair through out the weekend; there’s simply too much to see in one visit.   A few highlights after the jump.

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The New York Art Book Fair Philips de Pury auction exhibition in pink stripes.  Again.

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Matt Lucas of Metro Color Collision chats it up with the good people at Editiones Originales

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The Sarajevo and Beirut sports t-shirts stand out in the Editiones Originales booth.

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Dude at Vancouver’s Islands Fold booth isn’t either one of its founders, Angela Conley and Luke Ramsey but despite the surly pose, he’s doing a fine job representing.  In general I found the work to be high on craft and ingenuity, even if it does fit fairly squarely into a west coast design and illustration genre.

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On account of the fact that I’m a real maverick photographer, this picture does not adequately illustrate the number of books at this booth with various holes in the front exposing the pages beneath.  It’s a fine technique executed very effectively by many Islands Fold artists.

More to come.

  • http://ifeelstupidyoulookstupid.blogspot.com/ some girl who lives in brookly

    “Dude” at Islands Fold is Ryan Storm! http://www.jonathanryanstorm.blogspot.com/
    Book Fair SO GOOD!

  • http://ifeelstupidyoulookstupid.blogspot.com/ some girl who lives in brooklyn

    “Dude” at Islands Fold is Ryan Storm! http://www.jonathanryanstorm.blogspot.com/
    Book Fair SO GOOD!

  • http://dfimagery.com Donald Frazell

    I’d go, though I prefer wine and cognac, beer and voddka will do nicely. They have it here in LA? Go to the UCLA bookfair every year. Got free Qurans a coupla years ago. As they wife was brought up in Islam, was pretty cool, and my youngest devours religious books. Doesn’t believe them , but searching. Except for the book of Mormon, freaked him out. LDS peope are the nicest in the world, probably becaue their religion is so bizarre, they gotta compensate.

    Have fun! Nothing wrong with that. Living to be happy 24/7 is whats messed up. Fulfillment the true goal. That takes, whats the word people? WORK!

    ACDE!

  • http://dfimagery.com Donald Frazell

    I’d go, though I prefer wine and cognac, beer and voddka will do nicely. They have it here in LA? Go to the UCLA bookfair every year. Got free Qurans a coupla years ago. As they wife was brought up in Islam, was pretty cool, and my youngest devours religious books. Doesn’t believe them , but searching. Except for the book of Mormon, freaked him out. LDS peope are the nicest in the world, probably becaue their religion is so bizarre, they gotta compensate.

    Have fun! Nothing wrong with that. Living to be happy 24/7 is whats messed up. Fulfillment the true goal. That takes, whats the word people? WORK!

    ACDE!

  • Ari

    Hi,

    Those pink stripes are actually the installation for the Saturday@Phillps auction. Nothing to do with the book fair.

    Thanks!

    Ari

  • Ari

    Hi,

    Those pink stripes are actually the installation for the Saturday@Phillps auction. Nothing to do with the book fair.

    Thanks!

    Ari

  • http://ARTmostfierce.blogspot.com Ruben Natal-San Miguel

    It was extremely hot in there!
    Went twice .
    One to the bloodbath at the Phillips auction and the second time to the fair. It was good but , a bit crowded. What made me happy was to find prints of photographer Job Piston at Silverman for a great price. the booth for Iconoclast had smoe great print bargains too!

  • http://ARTmostfierce.blogspot.com Ruben Natal-San Miguel

    It was extremely hot in there!
    Went twice .
    One to the bloodbath at the Phillips auction and the second time to the fair. It was good but , a bit crowded. What made me happy was to find prints of photographer Job Piston at Silverman for a great price. the booth for Iconoclast had smoe great print bargains too!

  • Tom

    I have to admit that the heat was really off putting. I definitely did not look my best for all those hunky queer zine boys, but a few highlights stood out, including what appeared to be a good representation from Europe in the form of Book Works and Printed Project. Both had a friendly bunch that made negotiating the heat a bit more manageable.

    One criticism! Queerzines are so 20 years ago, and to be honest were not even interesting then!

  • Tom

    I have to admit that the heat was really off putting. I definitely did not look my best for all those hunky queer zine boys, but a few highlights stood out, including what appeared to be a good representation from Europe in the form of Book Works and Printed Project. Both had a friendly bunch that made negotiating the heat a bit more manageable.

    One criticism! Queerzines are so 20 years ago, and to be honest were not even interesting then!

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