Thursday, April 25

Opening Night


The official kick-off event of NYABF 2024 and first opportunity to visit the Fair! The event will feature rooftop performances by Embaci, LYDO, and Raymond Pinto, as well as the launch of a new edition by Women’s History Museum.

6 PM

7 PM
Raymond Pinto

8 PM

The Opening Night lineup and the NYABF Stage are curated by X-TRA.SERVICES.

Opening Night tickets are $30 and include a limited-edition artwork by Women’s History Museum, plus multiple re-entry throughout the Fair weekend.

Exhibitor Projects

Three Star Books (P2) presents artists’ books and multiples by a roster of multidisciplinary artists, with new work by Raffaella della Olga, Alessandro Cicoria, and Maurizio Cattealan, plus Erica Baum’s “coupon” diptychs, Matthew Ronay’s tunnel books, and much more.

Image Ecology (P3) is a collaboration between five independent Italian publishers: Ahorn Books, Libri Finti Clandestini, Robida, Rorhof and Shibboleth. The project gathers five objects to act as gambits for an exploration of ecology in relation to artists’ book publishing. How does a book belong to the local environment? What is the role of reciprocity and circularity in a publisher’s practice? These dynamics will be proposed and developed through a series of conversations and activities during the Fair. In doing so, Image Ecology presents an example of collective design practice, while also investigating the boundaries between art, architecture, research, and environmentalism.

Lilit (P1) is an ongoing project and new installation by artist Tamar Ettun, presented in collaboration with Printed Matter and Dreamsong (Minneapolis). In the 2nd to 7th centuries in Babylon, artist-healers created spells, drawings, and talismanic objects to trap demons like Lilit, an aerial spirit demon who was villainized as a dangerously sexual female entity. Revived by Ettun as an empathic demon, Lilit returns in the form of an umbilical cord along with images and text across the stairwell walls. Images of Lilit and a new text piece encapsulating her vision will accompany the installation.The launch of a new risograph print will accompany this project.

Passenger Pigeon Press and friends (P4) present Atomic Terrain: How to Make a Bomb, a geopolitical gardening project that uses a rare species of rose, the Rosa floribunda ‘Atom Bomb’ rose, to examine the structural connections between horticulture, state power, and nuclear colonialism. In this project space, visitors will be taught how to propagate new specimens of the ‘Atom Bomb’ rose through video, one-on-one tutorials, and grafting demonstration workshops. Instructional Atomic Terrain pamphlets and a range of other interconnected Passenger Pigeon Press publications will also be on display.

Werkplaats Typografie (P5) presents a new special project on the roof of the NY Art Book Fair. Do you often get the sensation that your idea of quality is defined by others? Tired of feeling like you don’t know what people are talking about? Are you worrying about the gaps in your knowledge? The Ellipsis Foundation for targeted publishing is a newly formed institution crafting custom tailored publications for you. We are not here to tell you what is good. You tell us. Pay us a visit on the roof for a free consultation.

Signings & Launches


H10 Khabar Keslan Magazine خبر كسلان مجلة
Launch and signing of To My Dearest Reader, by Ben Mustafavi Rejali.
Launch of Salute to the Olives: Selected Writings by Omar Barghouthi.

6 PM

I2  Allied/ Le Petit Versailles

Launch of Pestilence #7, by Jack Waters. 

D15 Actual Source
Launch of Bad Day Greatest Hits.

E12 Colorama
Launch of Algeria, i wish, Crescent Hill, Norwegian Cruise and Courtney, by Melek Zertal. 
Launch of Wrestling, by Malwine Stauss. 
Launch of 2ly Letter 03, by SM Studio and Florian&Emden. 

7 PM

I2 Allied/ Le Petit Versailles
Launch of PLOT #4,  by Various Artists, LPV.

F15 Area Books
Signing and launch of Plastic Pulse, by Ezra Miller.

D6 Kodoji Press
Launch of ALL PRECONCEPTIONS COLLAPSE, by Sabine Schründer. 

F2 KWY Ediciones + Paloma
Launch of Montañas Invisibles, by Jorge Panchoaga.

F5 Overlapse Photobooks
Launch of Stir the Pot, by Various Artists. 

B22 Set Margins' Publications
Signing of To Hold Your Heart in Your Teeth: Women’s Work, The Visual Language of the Romanian Blouse, by Simona Bortis-Schultz.

D3 Tina Kim Gallery
Signing of Generalization, by Tania Pérez Córdova.

C30 Zolo Press
Signing of Diario de Plantas, by Gabriel Orozco.

7:30 PM

D7 Triangle Books
Signing of the Drawings trilogy, by Eddie Martinez. 

8 PM

I2 Allied/ Le Petit Versailles
Launch of The Peter File, by Peter Cramer.

D6 Kodoji Press
Launch of MIND DUST, by Zin Taylor.

At Printed Matter

231 11th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Kaghazi Pairahan: Publishing and Resistance in South Asia
Presented by Mumbai-based Editions JOJO, Kaghazi Pairahan—clothes made of paper—weaves captivating stories and histories of resistance from South Asia, showcasing a wide range of historical material that sheds light on struggles against oppression and the fight for liberation. From the Indian uprising of 1857 to the present day, this exhibition encapsulates the spirit of defiance and resilience in the face of colonialism and social injustice, bringing together artists' books, zines, prints, and ephemera from over fifteen contemporary artists. Kaghazi Pairahan is curated by Akshay Mahajan & Devadeep Gupta, designed by Adira Thekkuveettil & supported by Arthshila.

Top Stories
Printed Matter presents artwork, ephemera, and behind-the-scenes photos from the collection of editor Anne Turyn, offering a rare glimpse into the NYC-based prose periodical Top Stories which ran from 1978 to 1991. A full selection of the 29 issues will be on sale, featuring work by Cookie Mueller, Jenny Holzer, Pati Hill, Kathy Acker, Constance DeJong, Laurie Anderson, and many more.

The window of Printed Matter’s Chelsea store features a new installation by the Buenos Aires based magazine and NYABF exhibitor, Balam. A simulated phone booth brings together a unique selection of magazines, photo books, fanzines, and queer non-conformist photography publications. The installation takes up Latin America’s ubiquitous "papelitos de oferta sexual”—flyers found in clandestine public spaces offering sex work, often from the LGBTQIA+ community. Visitors are encouraged to take flyers from the windows. This installation is staged in tandem with the latest issue of Balam, “New Masculinites,” which explores marginalized representations of masculinity in queer culture through photography.