Minneapolis, August 29, 2012—Hundreds of contemporary artworks-for-the-page fill the Walker in an unprecedented collaboration with Printed Matter September 13–15. Over-Booked brings to Minneapolis a preview of the legendary bookstore’s NY Art Book Fair—the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals, and zines. Over-Booked features a prime selection of titles available for browsing and purchase from local and international publishers and designers as well as lectures and artist demonstrations.
A Thursday-night reception kicks off the three-day event. Highlights of the weekend include Printed Matter executive director James Jenkin’s talk about tips and trends in artists’ book publishing on Saturday, and an open house in the Walker’s library showcasing the lauded Rosemary Furtak Collection. Copresented by the Walker Art Center and Printed Matter, Inc. Over-Booked launches the inaugural Artists’ Books by Printed Matter, a long-term partnership between the Walker and Printed Matter showcasing a curated selection of contemporary artist books, zines, and publications in an artist-designed bookshelf in the Walker Shop.
Over-Booked: A Chapter from the NY Book Fair
Walker Art Center, Free
Artists’ Books by Printed Matter
Opens September 13
This bookshelf is an ongoing collaboration between the Walker and Printed Matter, Inc, the world’s leading non-profit bookstore dedicated to the promotion of artists’ books. These shelves present a rotating selection of some of the most interesting contemporary artworks- for-the-page being made by individual artists, artist collectives and independent presses from all over the world–selected from 15,000 titles that arrive at Printed Matter through an open submission process. As part of the reciprocal collaboration, local MN artists will be featured in the Printed Matter bookshelf with the goal of building an ongoing exchange of books and discourse around artists committed to the medium. These books are available for browsing and purchase.
Printed Matter Pop-Up Shop
Thursday, 5–9 pm, Friday and Saturday, 11 am–6 pm
Br>Join special guests from Printed Matter, who host a pop-up shop preview of the NY Art Book Fair. All selections are available for browsing and purchase.
Over-Booked Opening Reception
Thursday, September 13, 5–9 pm
Browse, buy, and mingle with like-minded types from all along the bookish-to-artsy spectrum. Cash bar.
Saturday, September 15, 11 am–5 pm
A mini-fair in honor of local artists, collectives, and independent publishers with books available for purchase from Location Books, Little Brown Mushroom, Midway Contemporary Art, Sam Hoolihan, Katelyn Reece Farstad, Mystery Spot Books, Rain Taxi Brainstorm Series & OHM Editions, and others.
Talk: James Jenkin
Saturday, September 15, 1pm
Lecture Room Free
Printed Matter executive director James Jenkin discusses tips and trends in artists’ book publishing, distributing and promoting.
Saturday, September 15, 3pm
Lecture Room Free
A question and answer based conversation about navigating the waters of the 21st century publishing with Susannah Schouweiler of mnartists.org as moderator, Hans Weyandt, co-owner of Micawber’s Books; Steve Horowitz, publisher’s sale representative with Abraham Associates; Kate Dublinski of Graywolf Press, Chris Fishbach of Coffee House Press, and author Brad Zellar.
Walker Art Center Library Open House
Saturday, September 15, 12–3pm
This is rare opportunity for visitors to see the Walker’s Library showcasing rare artists’ books from the Rosemary Furtak Collection.
The Walker’s Library is one of a small number of libraries in the United States devoted exclusively to modern art. Its holdings reflect the Walker’s collections of sculpture, painting, prints, and photography, as well as its programming in architecture and design, dance, film, performance, and video. The Library contains a comprehensive collection of books, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, and a clipping file on twentieth-century artists. There are 8000 monographs and 30,000 catalogues from exhibitions held in the United States and Europe from the 1940s to the present.
The Rosemary Furtak Collection of artists’ books presents nearly 500 examples of contemporary book art. The Library subscribes to more than 140 national and international art journals and its vertical file contains extensive material—press releases, reviews, gallery announcements—pertinent to some 2000 artists.
Saturday, September 15, 12–3pm
Demonstrations of book-art techniques and hands-on activities.
About Printed Matter
Printed Matter is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists. Founded as a for-profit alternative arts space in 1976 by artists and art workers, Printed Matter reincorporated in 1978 to become the independent non-profit organization that it is today. Originally situated in Tribeca, Printed Matter moved to SoHo in 1989 where for twelve years the book displays and artists’ projects in the large storefront windows contributed to the artistic and intellectual vibrancy of the neighborhood. In 2001 Printed Matter relocated to Chelsea, where it continued to foreground the book as an alternative venue - or artistic medium - for artists’ projects and ideas. Finally, in December of 2005 Printed Matter moved into our current storefront location in Chelsea with big windows and greatly increased display and exhibition space. Recognized for years as an essential voice in the increasingly diversified art world conversations and debates, Printed Matter is dedicated to the examination and interrogation of the changing role of artists’ publications in the landscape of contemporary art. Printed Matter’s mission is to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists’ publications, which we define as books or other editioned publications conceived by artists as art works, or, more succinctly, as “artwork for the page.” Printed Matter specializes in publications produced in large, inexpensive editions and therefore does not deal in “book arts” or “book objects” which are often produced in smaller, more expensive editions due to the craft and labor involved in their fabrication.
To promote public awareness of and access to artists’ books, Printed Matter maintains a public reading room where over 15,000 titles by 6,000 international artists are available for viewing and purchase. In addition to being a wholesale and retail distribution hub for artists’ books, Printed Matter offers a free consulting service to libraries, art institutions, and art professionals involved with artists’ books throughout the world. Printed Matter presents a range of educational programs for the public from talks to student groups by staff members to in-store lectures and readings by artists, critics, and curators. These educational initiatives are complemented by our internationally recognized exhibitions program and publishing program.