Here are some recent(ish) images from a book-focused jaunt to New York city!
In March of this year, we all headed out east to New York for the Armory Fair, and I snuck off the pier for a day to travel around to bookstores. Unfortunately for me, I picked an apocalyptically miserable day to cavort around, but I persevered nonetheless!
First stop was DAP headquarters where, in addition to getting to see more beautiful books than I could ever manage to read AND an office dog, I got to see curator, writer, friend from the comic book trenches and our DAP rep, Dan Nadel, who graciously let me take his photo in addition to hand picking books to sell to me. The whole experience felt like the scene from Pretty Woman where Julia Roberts goes the to fancy store the second time, after she's clearly rich, and the staff bring her clothing to try on. Basically? Basically like that.
Next stop was the Taschen bookstore, where I took a single, very blurry photo where the single distinguishable element is a man grabbing his own crotch. Why didn't I take a photo of their beautiful gallery and the gigantic Beatriz Milhazes paintings that are incorporated in to the design of the store? Great question. It's a beautiful and warm place, this store, right in the middle of Soho, and I suggest you visit it if you ever can.
Next on the itinerary was Dashwood books, a photography bookstore neatly tucked away below street level. I hadn't had a chance to physically visit Dashwood before, unlike most of the other stores on my list, and I was totally blown away by their selection, many of which were books from overseas that I've never had a chance to see before. They also publish books, several of which we carry in Editions.
I'd been told by many people not to miss the New Museum's bookstore, which was convenient because I wanted an excuse to see the Triennial, anyway. I have been to the New Museum and visited the bookstore before several times, but had given it only a cursory look. It is INCREDIBLE. The breadth of material that they carry far outshines any museum book store that I can remember visiting. What could easily be a simple gift shop is transformed into a space that strikes a fine balance between theory, monographs and beautiful editioned objects. I highly recommend sticking around for this store the next time you go visit the museum.
Printed Matter, is, of course, book nerd paradise and no trip to New York would be complete without a stop there. My handsome and beloved former colleague Joe Rynkiewicz escorted me here and to a few other places in Chelsea. I guess he must've really liked it, since he's left the midwest of his birth and has moved out there, where he's now working at Sotheby's and presumably visiting the paradise of Printed Matter every day.
192 Books is located across the street from Printed Matter, and is another favourite stop of mine. It's more of a trade bookstore than Printed Matter, though still focused on art books. It's also a great place to preen through well-selected fiction and children's book sections and is a place where I feel like I could lose hours of my life.
Mast Books was a new find for me, one recommended by Dan Nadel from DAP, among others, and it was like a dream bookstore. It carries an incredible blend of trade publications, rare books, artists books and cheap paperbacks. I picked up a $3 edition of John Steinbeck's Travels With Charley while there, but could have equally bought a rare artist's book or vintage illustrated children's book. This is like the bookstore that dreams are made of.
Finally, I wanted to share a photo I took of a portion of Mickalene Thomas' amazing studio library, which I had a chance to see while we were visiting the studio. All of the books are neatly organized with shelf markers and it was hard to resist pulling them off of the shelves and spending the rest of the afternoon reading.
So, despite picking the worst possible day to travel around the city checking out books, and missing a few notable favourite spots like McNally Jackson, Karma and the Strand I think that I got a pretty good vision of the amazing independent art book store scene in New York, and am already trying to figure out how to get back with more time to peruse!