Thursday, February 7, 2008

Art Book Fair


When I was little my school used to hold a book fair every year. All the books would be displayed neatly on white lunch tables in the tiny auditorium, and kids would scramble to peruse the merchandise. The brightly colored covers and the array of choices always made my heart skip a beat. I often pondered my selection for a while to be quite sure that I had made the right decision. 192 Books (shown at far right) is like an art book fair for the grown-up set. It's housed in the heart of the gallery district in Chelsea, and when you walk in you feel like you've entered some very hip modernist residence, complete with Prouve chairs, an oak reading table, and walls of artfully displayed books. Across the street is the equally stylish, but decidedly more industrial, metal storefront Printed Matter (interior shown at left). This shop boasts a diverse arrangement of obscure exhibition catalogues, flip books, and art books. I'm planning on picking up a copy of Stacey Armstrong's Broken Dishes, described on their website as "collages containing scenes from a diner." Whether you venture over to 192 Books or Printed Matter, leave yourself some extra time to browse around and ponder.

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