Print Week 2011: E/AB Fair

P1040755 The Editions/Artists’ Books Fair (E/AB) describes itself as

Founded in 1998 by Susan Inglett of I.C. Editions and Brooke Alexander Editions, the Editions|Artists’ Book Fair has grown in size and stature to become the premier showcase for contemporary publishers and dealers, presenting the latest and greatest in prints, multiples and artists’ books. ..The Editions|Artists’ Book Fair was the first fair to offer FREE admission, initiated with the intent of introducing a broader public to the medium of prints, multiples, and artists’ books. Fourteen years later the Fair continues to do just that.

And they are not wrong. I would add that the E/AB is fun.

P1040865 The fair charges no admission fee through the sales of special commissioned prints, available at the fair. How cool is that?

Follow the jump to see a sprawling collection of photos and captions.

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We managed to make the invite list for the opening gala. Who knew it could be like this?

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Well dressed art world folks everywhere, avidly discussing and looking at cutting edge prints.

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Thanks in no small part to the in kind contributions of Brooklyn Lager (one of the event sponsors) any photos taken at the opening gala were too blurry for this post, requiring another trip back to the fair in the cold light of day.

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Cannonball Press found time to man a booth between their other Print Week festivities.

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The Print Center represented themselves well, and the combination of Eli Vanderberg’s blues brothers attire and the great color-way of their arrangement made for fetching booth.

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Their booth contained some great art, including Printeresting favorites, like, Anni Altshuler (above, center) and Kristin Martincic (above, far right), and Alex Lukas (below left), and our very own, Jason Urban (below, far left).

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You can see Eli and Elizabeth Spungen hard at work (above).

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And wait, what’s that fine looking periodical on their table? That’s right you can get copies of The California Printmaker in the Print Center store.

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The Lower Eastside Printshop has some ambitious and vibrant work.

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Anchor Graphics had some really great work. No real surprise, the Chicago-based print studio always seems to be working with great artists.

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More great art from Anchor (above and below).

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Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop had some great editions in their booth (above & below).

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And there is it’s Director of the RBPMW, Phil Sanders (below), sporting a jaunty yellow v-neck sweater/tie combo.

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Feature gallery had a very strong collection of work.

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Including this great editioned object below.

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Parkett Editions, maker of fine art magazines and editioned stuff had a great collection of both in their booth.

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Boston-based Carroll and Sons exhibited a selection of fine work by several artist’s including Henry Mandell (detail shots below).

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Highpoint Editions in Minneapolis continues to distinguish themselves with some really ambitious new projects and editions.

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Dieu Donne’ paper mill continues to produce work that destroys any working definitions you might have had for ‘paper’.

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Purgatory Pie Press had books galore.

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Booklyn, representing.

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I especially liked their David Sandlin book, ‘Road to No Where’.

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Esopus still producing great art periodicals.

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Serena Perrone had some amazing prints at the Cade Tompkins Projects Booth.

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Taken together with the William Anastasi prints and..

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Daniel Heyman’s monumental printstallation.. Cade Tomkins had one of the strongest booths at the fair.

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Philagrafika was at the fair with their special editions.

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John McWhinnie @ GBH’s booth had some obscure and amazing editions.

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And Forth Estate also represented with a really strong arrangement of new work. Especially noteworthy were the new prints by Ian Cooper, which were as amazing as they were nerdy/weird.

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3-D Closet door print from Scream 4.

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And ‘Tranny’ below, referencing the moment when the cat in Pepe Le Pew becomes skunkish.

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The Forth Estate’s prints with Dread Scott, ‘Shanyang 1967’ and ‘Peking University 1967’, were also amazing archival work.

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Western Exhibitions, the chicago gallery of note, presented a mini-solo exhibition of Stan Shellabarger. His work uses various repetitive constraints to trace the beauty of our quotidian moments.

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All-n-all a great fair, thanks, E/AB! And thanks to the folks who offered this bleary eyed blogger a chair and some water.

If there is any work here this not labeled (or not labeled correctly) please let me know, it was a bit overwhelming and hard to take proper notes.

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One Response to “Print Week 2011: E/AB Fair”

  1. Thanks for the coverage of Anchor Graphics!