Books by Artists. Inc PRINTED MATTER.
Books by Artists.

Printed Matter’s 20th Anniversary Catalogue

Books by Artists.

Many black & white illus. in the text. 92, [4] pp. order form and ads. 8vo, printed semi-stiff wrappers (minor wear on extremities), staple-bound. [New York: Printed Matter Inc.], 1996.

Printed Matter’s 1996 mail-order catalogue consisting of two pages of Artists’ Projects for fundraising; an essay by Clive Phillpot entitled: “Twenty Years of Printed Matter”; a section called “How to Use the 1996 Printed Matter Catalogue”; recent publications ; back-list items; the remaining publications from Printed Matter’s short-lived publishing program in operation from 1976 to 1980; books from the Lapp Princess Press, including the work of Chuck Close, Fred Sandback, and Alan Turner; issues of the journal Wedge created by the Wedge Press; books from Weproductions co-run by Helen Douglas and Telfer Stokes; works from the Women’s Studio Workshop, located in Rosendale, NY; source books; “Book on Books by Keith A. Smith”; “Dia Center for the Arts Publications”; periodicals; video works; computer publications; and concluding with ordering information.

Each entry provides a quick description and essential bibliographic information. This catalogue features the work of Andrea Grover, Alison Knowles, Ross Martin, Art Spiegelman, Hiro Sugiyama, David Thorne, Dale Wittig, Kathy Acker, John Baldessari, Jenny Holzer, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Dieter Roth, Carolee Schneemann, Lawrence Weiner, Martha Wilson, Christopher Wool, Janet Zweig, etc.

The present catalogue begins with an Introduction by the director David Dean offering statistics to show Printed Matter’s cultural significance and detailing Printed Matter’s recent exhibitions and events. Phillpot’s essay to celebrate Printed Matter’s 20th year provides a concise account of Printed Matter’s considerable impact on the dissemination of artists’ books. He writes: “Because the Printed Matter bookstore strove, and was able, to keep its doors open, unpretentious, cheap (and cheap to make) artist books had somewhere to go, and be seen, and be publicized abroad; the Printed Matter catalogs were important in this respect too. Of course, Printed Matter was not alone in this effort, but it was probably the most significant place to sell and distribute artist books and magazines… The traffic of books and people through the doors of the Printed Matter bookstore confirms that a focus/locus (no hocus-pocus) for what artists think about art, politics, life, the universe, and everything, is still actively appreciated and used — as is a place for artworks in book form.”

The upper cover shows a publication by Group Material called Market (described on pp. 23-4) and the inside wrappers depict Your Name Here, a project by Ross Martin listed on page 31.

Fine copy, internally pristine.

❧ BoBoAB (2013 ed.) 521.

Price: $75.00

Item ID: 6407