Enjoying Art Books at D.A.P.'s Book Expo America Showroom

Had a great few days at the annual Book Expo America (BEA), held last week at the Javits Center in Manhattan. I attended as press with my wife Kyle, a painter and managing editor of the two blogs I publish, The Great Gray Bridge & Honourary Canadian.

  1. When I was a bookseller at Undercover Books in Cleveland, I really enjoyed ordering and selling sumptuous art and photography books. In particular, I recall selling The Imperial Gardens of Japan, an over-sized volume from Weatherhill Publishing that in the 1980s sold for $85. It had a french-fold (double-folded) dust jacket and a purple satin binding with gold stamping of a lotus flower. With that experience in mind, I was excited during BEA last week to visit a showroom opened by Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.) near the convention to which they invited press and buyers to view the hundreds of art and photography books on display there, titles from the more than 150 publishers they distribute. Shown here are their catalog covers and highlights from the showroom, pictures taken by Kyle Gallup.
  2. Kyle and I had been invited to the D.A.P. showroom by senior publicist Luke Brown, and while there, we were shown around by sales associate Madeline Weisburg.
  3. We were interested to learn that David Zwirner Gallery, based in NYC and London, launched a books division in 2015. It's headed up by Todd Bradway, with whom we enjoyed speaking at the D.A.P. showroom. Below is the Zwirner catalog with the embossed 'Books' after the gallery name, along with catalog copy and a shot Kyle took of me and Todd.
  4. My eye kept returning to this fascinating book from Zwirner on the twinned art scenes in Cologne and New York, from 1984-1989. German gallerists featured in it include Gizela Capitain, Rafael Jablonka, Max Hetzler, and Monika Spruth who showed work by Walter Dahn, Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehelen, Rosemarie Trockel, alongside such American artists as Cindy Sherman, Robert Gober, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, and Christopher Wool. Conversely, NYC galleries such as Barbara Gladstone, Metro Pictures, Luhring, and Augustine & Hodges, showed many German artists, as well as Gotham artists. The book also draws upon archival material from the Cologne magazine, Spex.
  5. Among the booksellers that feature titles distributed by D.A.P. is Rizzoli, whose distinctive logo is shown here in the sign over their spacious BEA booth. Rizzoli—both a publisher and bookseller—lost its NYC storefront in 2013, but announced last year that it will be reopening in Manhattan, with a new store occupying the ground floor of a landmark building on Broadway near 26th Street. I'm sure it will be gorgeous and elegant.
  6. It was visually stimulating to see so many books arrayed across the tables and fixtures, as seen below in several shots.
  7. Hippie Modernism is a catalog for a show opening soon at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.
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