Have I mentioned I love the New York Art Book Fair? Because I do. No snotty dealers, friendly collectors, zero pretension. Who knew art fairs could be so much fun? I suspect Vodka and beer sponsors may have had an inkling, as there was plenty of booze flowing at last night’s open bar. By the end of the night some patrons were even dancing.
One word of warning about the fair: it’s a little overwhelming. Imagine walking into a giant library and being given a couple hours to pull out the more notable books in the collection even though you’ve read a fraction of what’s there. Even though all kinds of great art gets missed at art fairs, the potential for this to occur at a book fair increases by a level of magnitude. As a result I hope to go back to the fair through out the weekend; there’s simply too much to see in one visit. A few highlights after the jump.
Matt Lucas of Metro Color Collision chats it up with the good people at Editiones Originales
Dude at Vancouver’s Islands Fold booth isn’t either one of its founders, Angela Conley and Luke Ramsey but despite the surly pose, he’s doing a fine job representing. In general I found the work to be high on craft and ingenuity, even if it does fit fairly squarely into a west coast design and illustration genre.
On account of the fact that I’m a real maverick photographer, this picture does not adequately illustrate the number of books at this booth with various holes in the front exposing the pages beneath. It’s a fine technique executed very effectively by many Islands Fold artists.
More to come.