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by Chris Cobb
Tauba Auerbach explains her work to a potential customer. Behind her are some of her numerous posters.
Each year the Davids and Goliaths of the art world meet on neutral ground at the New York Art Book Fair, and for at least one weekend they put away their rocks and their swords.
Large galleries benefit from the avant-garde credibility of the event, now in its eighth year, and the small presses and publishers benefit from the huge audience that comes not just to browse, but to buy.
According to Printed Matter (the show’s organizer) the four-day event draws about “25,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and other enthusiasts.”
The entire weekend is filled with book signings, live music, DJs, performance art, and frantic networking. It’s also common to run into old friends in the cafe, which is always packed.