Art in General at the New York Art Book Fair

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Nov 5, 2010–Nov 7, 2010
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Art in General is pleased to announce the launch of six new books from the New Commissions Publication series during the New York Art Book Fair. Art in General’s booth will feature the entire New Commissions series, including several new titles from the 2007-2009 exhibition seasons and three new titles from the newly designed 2010 publication series.

Books from the new 2010 series that will be available include Shana Moulton: The Undiscovered Antique; Guy Benfield: Night Store; and Isola and Norzi: Liquid Door. From previous exhibition seasons spanning 2007 to 2009 are Melanie Crean: The Luminists; Judi Werthein: Corporate Logo; and Julia Oldham: The Timber. Upcoming titles Kambui Olujimi: Wayward North; Rancourt/Yatsuk: Phase IV; Redmond Entwistle: Monuments; and Dave Hardy: It’s grey, it’s grey will also be available for pre-order at this time.

Producing books has been an integral part of Art in General’s New Commissions Program. The program offers artists in-depth support to produce and present new work that will have a lasting impact on their practice. Since the program’s launch in 2005, Art in General has commissioned major works from between four and six artists each year, providing curatorial and logistical support to realize artworks and exhibitions that range from web projects to artists’ books, gallery installations to public art projects. The publication process is a vital part of this program. For most artists, the New Commissions publication is their first and serves as a distinctive way to share their work with an expanded audience. To date, 23 volumes in the series have been published, with the first 17 volumes published in partnership with design studio Project Projects.

The 2010 series marks an important moment in Art in General’s publication history. Combining an artist-centered mission with contemporary design practice and independent publishing, Art in General revamped the New Commission Publication series by launching a new Designer in Residence program, through which an emerging designer is commissioned to design an annual series of books while working with a mentor. The first Designer in Residence, Mylinh Trieu Nguyen, is a Yale MFA student and past Walker Art Center design fellow. Nguyen, under the mentorship of Rob Giampetro, has worked closely with each 2010 New Commissions artist to produce a cohesive series of books that deeply engages with each distinctive project. While every book contains curatorial statements and guest essays, their formats vary, ranging from artists’ travelogues to screenplays, to documentation of performances or the actual installation process, to an inventory of objects that were part of a larger project. Nguyen’s work has been featured in Apartamento Magazine Issue #2 (2008), the Live Archive in The Generational: Younger Than Jesus at the New Museum (2009), the Ooga Booga Reading Room at the Swiss Institute (2010), and the Super/Prime PAVILION (Los Angeles, 2010). Her collaboration, ASDF, with artist David Horvitz explores the ideas of distribution, collaboration, and curation. Their most recent project, A Wikipedia Reader, was commissioned by the Art Libraries Society of New York for the Contemporary Artists Books Conference at the 2009 NY Art Book Fair. Nguyen’s curatorial work is on view at the General Public Library until November 13 in the Storefront Gallery at Art in General.

Contributors to the new publications include: Anne Barlow, Sarina Basta, Graham Burnett, Stuart Comer, Michael Connors, Kirby Gookin, Andria Hickey, Nina Horisaki-Christens, Eve Meltzer, Christopher Myers, Paola Nicolin, James M. Thomas, Julie Rodrigues Widholm, and Michael Wilson.

Printed Matter presents the fifth annual NY Art Book Fair, at MoMA P.S.1. Free and open to the public, the Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and publishers from twenty countries, offering the best in contemporary art book publishing. For more information on the NY Art Book Fair visit www.nyartbookfair.com

Location: Booth AA14 at MoMA P.S.1, 22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave, Long Island City, Queens.