5 reasons you can’t miss the ny art book fair

From Marcel Dzama’s dance party to Princess Nokia’s Know Wave set and all the zines in between, here’s your guide to getting literary this weekend at the 10th annual New York Art Book Fair.

by Emily Manning
17 September 2015, 8:10pm

New York Fashion Week might be drawing to a close, but things are just heating up in the Big Apple's art world. After a marathon of major openings including Mike Kelley and Wolfgang Tillmans, NY's art scene will get literary this weekend at Printed Matter's 10th annual New York Art Book Fair. Held each year at MoMA's Long Island City outpost, PS1, the NYABF is a celebration of all things print -- spanning major art book publishers and the cut-and-paste kids of the city's thriving zine scene. Before the fair opens to the public tomorrow, here are the five things you can't miss.

Marcel Dzama mayhem: Marcel Dzama loves to dance. Last year, we boogied around David Zwirner Gallery with the Canadian Dadaist ahead of his solo show Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester's Dance). This weekend, Dzama and David Zwirner Books will stage a multi-day exhibition of works and performances, including a live reenactment of the choreography from his video Death Disco Dance tonight. If you don't have preview tickets, stop by on Friday for a live performance of the Une Danse des Bouffons soundtrack, or snag a signed copy of Dzama's new zine, Death Disco, at 2pm on Saturday.

NY's booming zine scene: If you don't have the coins for massive art monographs or rare first-edition books, be sure to stop by the fair's Xe(rox) & Paper + Scissors tent and the Small Press Dome. You'll find some of the most lively zinesters and small press wizards from around the world, with many creating cut-and-paste masterpieces exclusively for the fair. Highlights are sure to include: the launch of Hamburger Eyes' newest issue featuring Daniel Arnold and 8 Ball Zines' Zine Zone.

Marc Hundley's Morrissey musings: Earlier this year, artist Marc Hundley staged a weekend-long exhibition at Team Gallery during which he took special orders for reissues of his cult series of t-shirts. If you missed the chance to get your favorite Mozzer prose and poems hand painted by Hundley, he'll be signing Oh I Don't Know -- his print for The Posters featuring one of Stretch Out and Wait's most iconic lyrics -- on Sunday at 3 pm. Grab one before Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now becomes all too real.

Know Wave's takeover: Printed Matter is teaming up with the kings of the airwaves to deliver non-stop radio broadcasting live from the fair. In addition to streaming interviews and musical performances, Know Wave will also curate two days of programming on the PS1 stage. Catch sets from London pop prodigy Georgia on Saturday and socially conscious cyber royalty Princess Nokia on Sunday.

An artistic panel on Black Lives Matter: The NYABF's Friendly Fire section unites a diverse collection of politically minded organizations and publishers that focus on intersections of art and activism, including Black Lives Matter. On Sunday, the festival will host The Art of Movement Building: Black Lives Matter, a panel discussion exploring the movement's use of art and graphics to disseminate messages and communicate emotions. Until then, you can read i-D contributor Antwaun Sargeant's thoughts on the art of Black Lives Matter here



Text Emily Manning
Image via Flickr User Noel Hidalgo

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