While the New York Art Book Fair in theory may sound a bit stuffy or craft corner-ish to some, it’s actually quite the opposite. Sponsored by Chelsea-based imprint, gallerist, and bookstore Printed Matter, the event opens tonight and will continue through Sunday on the 3rd floor of Phillips de Pury & Company. Printed Matter describes the assortment as comprised of “contemporary art books, art catalogs, artists’ books, art periodicals, and ‘zines offered for sale by over 140 international publishers, booksellers, and antiquarian dealers.” Not much of a collector, or a fan of art books for that matter? No biggie. The weekend is chock-full of unique events anyone can appreciate.
Tonight, following a preview of the fair (tickets are $20, and sales will benefit Printed Matter) at Phillips, everyone’s favorite fag rag Butt is throwing an after-party at the Boiler Room starting at 9:30 p.m., where there’ll be $3 drinks and a free new issue of Butt for the first 50 guests. Meanwhile, back at the fair, the likes of Butt and over 100 other queer and punk indie rags will be on view as part of the exhibit “Queer Zines.” Also in attendance: uber-cool London-based bi-annual contemporary art and culture magazine Useless, who will set up shop at booth T166. They’ll be selling their 8th issue, which features everyone from Joana Preiss and Klaus Biesenbach to Isabel Toledo and the Crystal Slits.
Feeling a little lonely? Stop by Los Angeles boutique and publisher Ooga Booga’s booth, Y3, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, where artist Terence Koh will write you a “Secret Love Poem” for a mere $10. Also, either before or after you procure your Koh-note, head downstairs to Saturday@Phillips to preview a slew of artworks up for auction. The works in question come from a range of collections that include Vogue’s Hamish Bowles and Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. Whatever you do hit, all film buffs beware: Save energy for Sunday, when at 4 p.m. director Michel Gondry will be on hand to sign his new tome, You’ll Like The Film Because You’re In It.