This makes three. San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York. Art book fairs I’ve attended. If you haven’t been you should go. Although I’m not entirely a fan of the format, just based on being overwhelmed, these shows are well worth a look. If you are a book lover be forewarned. It’s deadly. Within five minutes of entering you will be contemplating jacking some lesser attendee so you can pilfer their cash and buy more things. Don’t feel bad, we all do it. Why go?
3. Prices from $5 to $4000.
4. Creative publishers.
5. Exclusive items.
6. Young, talented crowd.
7. Reason to wear you mesh outfit.
8. Chance to make fun of fellow book geeks.
What you realize at an art book fair, as opposed to a more traditional book fair, is that the power is with the artist. There were major publishers at this event, with some legendary books from legendary artists, but frankly they felt somewhat out of place. The art book fair is about equality. You can be a lone operator in your garage, producing one book per year and you are still on equal ground.