This past September, Ink Magazine visited Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair — the world’s largest fair for artists’ books and related publications — to be inspired by designers, publications, and engage with New York City. NYABF is free and open to the public offering, engaging programs, workshops, and book launches. Since 2009, the fair has been held at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens.
Staying in Astoria, Queens, we were only a 30-minute subway ride from MoMA PS1 and relatively close to Manhattan so we spent a lot of our time bouncing between the book fair and different attractions around the city. During the book fair, we were inspired by artists and designers such as Extra Vitamins and Other Publishing, a collective started by VCU alumni. VCU graphic design professors Nicole Killian, representing Nico Fantana, and Nonstikelelo Mutiti, representing Black Chalk and Co., were also exhibiting. We also caught up with photographer Brittany Nelson during her book signing for her newest publication, Out of The Everywhere and saw several fantastic sound performances. We frequented bagel shops, went to vintage stores, and ate A LOT of Chinese food.