Summer Is a Time for Art Books

Summer is in full swing, and New York’s galleries are beginning to close up shop. It is time to retreat

Chinati! McCracken! Dumas! A selection of books that David Zwirner is selling at its pop-up bookstore. Photo courtesy David Zwirner.

Summer is in full swing, and New York’s galleries are beginning to close up shop. It is time to retreat to the region’s fine beaches or at least air-conditioned apartments. Regardless, you will need books, and New York’s art-book purveyors have plenty of special events, sales, and exhibitions on offer. Below, five art-book events that caught The Observer‘s attention:

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Printed Matter Has Reopened
After closing for two weeks to do its annual inventory, Chelsea’s nonprofit Printed Matter shop reopened July 15, and has announced that it is co-publishing an artist book with the young painter Tauba Auerbach, who recently signed with Paula Cooper Gallery. Titled [2,3], the pop-up book will be available in an edition of 1000 (plus 100 proofs) and can be pre-ordered now for $350– a full $100 less than its sticker price. It ships in October.

David Zwirner’s Pop-Up Shop
Zwirner is once again hosting a temporary summer bookstore, which it started for the first time last summer. (The Observer–full disclosure–purchased a bag full of books.) This year films by Raymond Pettibon, gallery catalogues, and posters by Christopher Williams will be among the works on offer. The pop-up shop runs through Aug. 5, and will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursday, for the Chelsea Art Walk.

Independent Curators International’s Summer Sale
Those outside of the city can still partake in ICI’s summer sale, which is being conducted solely online. Every week, through Sept. 4, the New York-based organization is offering one of its exhibition catalogues for a cool $5, and other books–like, say, its tasty history of painting in New York from 1967 to 1975, High Times, Hard Times–are on sale.

Gagosian Shop Has James Frey Books to Spare
The international dealer’s Upper East Side corner store is open seven days a week throughout the summer, though it has no special events on tap before September. However, there are still limited-edition, signed copies of James Frey’s latest book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, available for $150. A trade version, printed in an edition of 10,000, can be had for $50.

Specific Object’s Non-Show
As The Observer previously reported, David Platzker, whose gallery Specific Object specializes in art books and editions, has shuttered his exhibition space for the summer, for Robert Barry’s Closed Gallery Redux.

Summer Is a Time for Art Books