arts 07.21.15

Printed Matter
Every Person in New York

Artists make art and writers write books, right? Printed Matter 195 10th Ave. [21st/ 22nd] 212.925.0325, will convince you that art, like life, sometimes spills across the lines.

Since it was founded in 1976 by Lucy R. Lippard and Sol LeWitt, this non-profit has recognized the value of artists' publications, or as they describe it, "artwork for the page." They've moved around just like the art world: Tribeca, Soho, and currently in Chelsea, in an ungallery-like space that feels lived-in and crannied, with small treasures everywhere. But they're on the move again, early this fall, to a larger space at 231 11th [26th].

Six thousand artists have produced 20,000 titles available for viewing or purchase. Works must be conceived for the page, in an edition of 100 copies or more and "relevant within the history of artists' publications." That's general enough to make for a wonderful array of works by established and emerging artists.

You'll find books of drawings, photographs, critical essays, artzines, flip books, catalogues, and ephemera. In the back, there's a reading room open to the public should you want to do research or simply to immerse yourself in the many worlds between all these covers.

Where to start? One place might be Materializing Six Years, published in conjunction with the Brooklyn Museum's 2012 show Materializing "Six Years". It was an exhibition about Printer Matter's founder Lucy Lippard and the influential book Six Years she published in 1973 about the Conceptual art movement.

Through July 31, up to 40% off select editions.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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