For the tenth year, print appeared to be alive and thriving in Long Island City.
On Thursday evening, art intersected with books both new and affordable, rare and prized, at the opening of the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. Last year lured more than 35,000, according to fair organizer Printed Matter. At this year’s Preview opening on September 17, 2015, hundreds crowded in to survey the 370 presses, galleries, independent publishers, booksellers and artists from 29 countries spread across the New York City museum.
“It feels so solidified now,” said Zach Fischman, who works at and manned the booth for Harper’s Books, a bookshop and art gallery in East Hampton, N.Y. “Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair just kind of feels like the inevitable best thing to go to this weekend.”
Amid the buzz, some acknowledged shifts in the publishing industry.
“This fair’s always so exciting because it brings such a dynamism to what’s otherwise a bit of a dying medium, that is the printed book,” said Harper Levine, owner of Harper’s Books, who added there’s always a “tremendous vibe” at the fair. “I think the current state of art books is both really strong and really weak simultaneously. I think there’s a young, voracious audience for books that maybe doesn’t quite have the money yet to buy the books at a level that can sustain all the publishing and all the traditional ways that books have been published.”