PRINTED MATTER, INC. TO MOVE TO
231 ELEVENTH AVENUE IN SEPTEMBER 2015
The non-profit arts organization announces the launch
of a Capital Campaign to support major expansion
Printed Matter, Inc. announced today that the non-profit organization will move to a new location in September 2015, after ten years at 195 Tenth Avenue. The larger two-level space, located in Chelsea at the corner of Eleventh Avenue and 26th Street, will provide a greatly improved home for Printed Matter to carry out its mission to facilitate and foster the distribution, understanding and appreciation of artists' books and related publications.
The move this coming fall marks a major and historic expansion of Printed Matter, which is the world's leading resource for artists' books. Designed pro bono by Handel Architects, the new facility will more than double the organization's square footage with a greatly expanded bookstore area over two stories, a dedicated gallery area for artists’ book exhibitions, and a flexible space for hosting public programs (including talks, panels, performances and book launches). The main bookstore area will feature a visually dramatic staircase that leads to a wraparound balcony and upper level public reading room. In addition, a larger office area upstairs will give Printed Matter's growing staff the room to carry out the administration of their programming, including distribution services, a publishing program, and the production of Printed Matter’s NY and LA Art Book Fairs.
The build out of the new space will be the most costly project ever undertaken by Printed Matter, and to cover expenses related to the move they have embarked on a Capital Campaign with a goal of $850,000, of which approximately 40% has been raised to date.
Printed Matter Board Chair Philip Aarons said “Printed Matter’s new location will provide us with the much-needed space to facilitate our many different programs and services. In the past 10 years we’ve more than doubled in size as an organization, and it has become clear that we have simply out-grown our current space. We are thrilled by the prospects and opportunities our new home will provide in the fulfillment and furthering of our mission.”
Acting Executive Director Max Schumann, who has worked at Printed Matter for over 25 years, said of the move: “This is an extremely exciting time for Printed Matter and for publishing by artists in general. Despite warnings about the 'death of the book' in the digital age, we are witnessing a remarkable resurgence of artists' creative publishing, along with growing public interest. Increasingly artists are turning to experimental publishing as they discover the limitless possibilities offered by the book and what a powerful vehicle it can be. The tremendous growth of Printed Matter's NY and LA Art Book Fairs over the last few years is a testament to the meaning that these publications hold for more and more people.”
Founded in 1976, Printed Matter, Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists' books and related Publications. Established by founding members Carl Andre, Edit DeAk, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Walter Robinson, Pat Steir, Mimi Wheeler, Robin White and Irena von Zahn, Printed Matter was formed in response to the growing phenomenon of contemporary artists’ book production.
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