NY Art Book Fair

Samantha Wittwer

September 27 2015

Printed Matter, the bastion of New York Art Book culture, reports attendance of their tenth annual New York Art Book Fair at MoMa’s PS1 at approximately 35,000. By our approximation, all 35,000 in attendance managed to find themselves in line for the restroom on the first floor on Saturday afternoon, fanning themselves with various pieces of less treasured ephemera.

Now in it’s tenth year, the New York Art Book Fair, along with it’s left coast cousin the LA Art Book Fair, has become a much anticipated yearly destination for fans of print. It’s a trade show for art nerds, where high brow collectors with an eye for the old and rare rub shoulders with plucky teens with Jansports full of zines. We ventured up to MoMa’s PS1 in Queens to check out the fair despite the maddening crowds and unscrupulous heat and brought back some (but certainly not all) of our favorite publications, ranging from zine to multi chapter tomes, to share.

FUKT Issue 14

Short chains of plastic beads squirm around on the cover of FUKT Magazine’s 14th issue. The Berlin based title features artists from Joe Rudko to Walter Sutin, with interviews and essays as playfully provocative as the title itself. Under the artistic direction of Ariane Spanier, FUKT has become a consistent high point in the world of editorial and typographic design. You won’t be able to get FUKT online until mid October, but it’s well worth the wait.

 

 

Tokyo Diary 

It is no secret that Italian born, Philadelphia based, illustrator Margherita Urbani has some fans around here. Published by Japanese small press Commune, Urbani’s Tokyo Diary is done in her signature quick and playful style. Documenting observations, objects and moments that together form the kind of visual travelogue that is a funny refreshing antidote to the highly polished travel photography pervasive on our social feeds.

 

Statement and Counter-Statement

From Roma Press, Statement and Counter-Statement is the first monograph on Experimental Jetset. The Amsterdam based studio was founded in 1997 by a trio of friends, and has spent nearly two decades producing work that seems to go straight from the printer’s press to the design canon. The soft cover tome features nearly 570 pages of work, case studies, and an index of thoughts and opinions on a variety of subjects collected and collated from years of public talks and lectures.

Collections 

Aptly named, this collection of Thomas Colligan’s illustrations are published by Brooklyn based TXTBOOKS. Printed using a Risograph, the illustrations inhabit a whimsical and energetic world of super-flat shifty eyes and compositions set akimbo.

Andy Rementer 

In tandem with his exhibition at Everyday Mooonday gallery in Seoul, Andy Rementer teamed up with Korean publishers SSE Books to produce the first monograph of his work. The cover features his name spelled out by Rementer’s characters contorting themselves into Hangul. While the interior of the book is a feast of visual work spanning Rementer’s career nearly uninterrupted by text.

 

SET

From renowned designer Na Kim, SET features a selection of work from 2006 – 2015 on the occasion of her upcoming solo show at DOOSAN Gallery in New York. The majority of the book is a collection of pieces excerpts from the exhibition that read like a formal study into the use of line, color and type.

The World of M 

From Miranda Leung, The World of M features deceivingly charming illustrations of the somewhat melancholy, often surreal moments of the designer’s life. A selection of poetry and illustration is gathered in a way that feels anecdotal as opposed to strictly narrative – these are images of memory, not the event.