Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair kicks off tonight!

This evening, New Yorkers who made the trek to Queens got a preview of the 2012 New York Art Book Fair, an initiative of Printed Matter which brings together publishers of art books and their devotees for a weekend of panel discussions and book launches. As a special feature of this year’s edition, Gagosian Gallery will be presenting a tribute to Mike Kelley, which is sure to be worth seeing.

The 2012 NYABF keynote speakers are art historian Lucy Lippard and artist Paul Chan, whose talk – “Publish to Perish” – dares to ask the question: “Is publishing a form of addiction?” We can only assume he is speaking from his own experience, at the helm of Badlands Unlimited, who will be releasing titles like “On Democracy By Saddam Hussein” (Don’t ask, just read this.) and “Made in the USA,” selections from the Bernadette Corporation (whose retrospective of sorts, “2000 Wasted Years” is currently on view through December at Artists Space.)

Badlands at the New York Art Book Fair

We are also excited about Saturday’s 2 pm launch of Swiss Institute‘s third zine, which draws from the current show of John Armleder, “Selected Furniture Sculptures,” and features a text by Bob Nickas.

The fair is free, and will fill the PS1 space from tonight until Sunday evening. For information about how or when to get there or to find the full program of events, please refer to the website.


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