4 Out of 5: Zack Seckler on New York

Zack Seckler is director of Lux Archive, an online art gallery that sells museum-quality limited-edition prints by fine-art photographers. This is his take on four places he likes, and one place he doesn’t.

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Taschen – “When I need a little relief from weaving through the Soho crowds, I like to take a breather and hit up this beautiful bookshop. Not only do they have art and photo books about almost any topic you can imagine (including those with a little dirt in their imaginations), they also sell the biggest book made in the 20th century. It’s a mere $15,000 for SUMO, the 78-pound book that comes with its own book holder and is almost guaranteed to cause some nasty paper cuts (Band-Aids not included).”

Lomography Gallery Store – “I’m not a Lomophile, but the photo geek in me gets excited whenever I pass by this spirited spot. If you’re like me, you’ll understand why the simple sight of cameras can be intoxicating. And yes, when I walk into this store, I do start to feel a little tipsy. It’s packed with the gadgets photographers drool over, but it’s also fun for the whole family. They’ve splashed camera designs on all sorts of chotskies; making great little gifts for that friend who spends way too much time on Flickr.”

Printed Matter – “After hitting the Chelsea galleries, I always make time to stop by this little gem for an additional shot of artistic inspiration. They have a fascinating array of rare books, magazines, and art ephemera that keep me entertained during every visit. Keep your eye out for the original 20th-century iMacs in the back!”

Bird – “When I want to splurge on some nice threads, I love hitting up this stylish outpost in Williamsburg. They have a great selection of clothes from top designers, and they regularly showcase work by talented artists. The owners have an excellent eye and definitely know how to curate a good show.”

NOT SO MUCH

Marquee – “After a long day at the museums, I definitely want to put a little night in my life — but unlike art, which can gain value with age, this spot’s appraisal has been heading downhill for awhile now. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this place back in 2004. But I think we can all agree it’s time for a little remodeling."

Terence Koh Love Poems, Michel Gondry, & More at NY Art Book Fair

imageWhile 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.