Editions/Artists’ Books Fair takes place in Chelsea at the Art Beam Building, 540 West 21st Street in Manhattan, this weekend November 6-9. After a brief hiatus, the E/AB Fair offers art-lovers a great opportunity to view rare prints and limited edition books by a variety of artists working in the medium today. Art publishers and dealers present the works in the recently renovated Art Beam Building. The 16th installment of the fair, curated by art critic and “Art in America” Contributing Editor Faye Hirsch, brings 40 exhibitors from all over the world to New York during Print Week.
NY Books Examiner, Eleni Sakellis attended the press preview on Thursday, November 6 to give you the inside scoop at this year’s showcase of contemporary art publishers and dealers. First View at the E/AB Fair took place from 6- 9 p.m. for VIPs and ticket holders. New York’s Lower East Side Print Shop presents this year’s fair. In partnership with Christie’s Education, New York, E/AB also provides educational programming.
Extraordinary prints are on display from hundreds of artists at various stages of their careers. Among the exhibitors, Black Shamrock Etchings from Chicago, Illinois, displays some beautiful work by artists and printmakers Tony Fitzpatrick, Will Sturgis and Ashkon Haidari. Fitzpatrick cited a trip to Japan in 2010 as inspiration for his most recent prints. Working with young printmakers also inspires Fitzpatrick to continue creating art in a historical medium with contemporary themes. He notes the fact that young printmakers are not bound by “hardened doctrinaire” concepts about art. This freedom is evident in the enchanting prints from Black Shamrock Etchings on view at the E/AB Fair.
Women’s Studio Workshop from Rosendale, New York presents unique books by talented women artists. Also among the exhibitors at the fair, International Print Center New York (IPCNY), Manneken Press, David Krut Projects, and Purgatory Pie Press featuring Esther K Smith’s how-to books, “How to Make Books,” “Magic Books & Paper Toys” and “The Paper Bride.” International dealers include Bartleby & Co. from Brussels, Belgium, Michael Woolworth Publications from Paris, France, and The Multiple Store from London, UK.
The tradition of commissioning an artist to create a limited edition benefit print returns to the fair this year as well. New York artist Enoch Perez created the print “Fountainbleu, Miami” just for the 2014 E/AB Fair.
Admission to the fair is free and open to the public on Friday November 7, and Saturday, November 8 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 9 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. For more information and a full list of exhibitors, click on the official E/AB Fair website.