The DART Board: 04.24.2024

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday April 24, 2024


Thursday, April 25-Sunday, April 28: New York Art Book Fair at 548 West

Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair (NYABF) is the leading international event for the distribution of artists’ books, celebrating contemporary artists’ publishing and the medium’s rich history. Initiated in 2006, NYABF is an important gathering for artists’ book publishers to distribute their work, connect with broad audiences, and nurture new and longstanding relationships. Exhibitors Info The 2024 NY Art Book Fair Opening Night, Thursday, 6-9pm is the official kick-off event of for the Fair and your first chance to meet over 300 exhibitors from around the world.  Info/Register

This year, NYABF continues to be a vital platform for exhibitors and programs that are rooted in critical reflection, community, and free expression. The Fair offers visitors a unique experience to discover artists’ books and explore the full breadth of art publishing, with many artists responding directly to today’s challenging political and social landscape. As part of this year’s event, NYABF is partnering with neighboring organizations and galleries to present the full calendar of discussions, performances, book launches, and special projects that highlight interdisciplinary publishing practices. Info Some of the highlights are:

The Classroom: This long-running program provides space for artists, writers, designers, and publishers to highlight new releases at NYABF and fosters dialogue around important themes in artists’ book publishing. NYABF 2024 participants include Omar Berrada, Ohan Breiding, Thomas F. DeFrantz, and Annie-B Parson, among many others. 

Block Party: The second ever NYABF Block Party is on Saturday, April 27, from noon to 6pm! Free and open to the public on 22nd St between 10th and 11th Ave, the event features a range of fun projects, with food, music, workshops, performances, mutual aid, and kids activities. Participants include Bushwick Chess Club, Crude Tapes, Maggie Boyd & Molasses Books, Olamina Botanicals, The Other Almanac, P.A.D., School For Poetic Computation, Toy Box Coffin, Wyrm Farm, and many more.

Exhibitor Projects These special publication-focused projects are presented by select Fair exhibitors, hosted by Printed Matter. This year’s projects include a geopolitical gardening project by Passenger Pigeon Press and friends; an exhibition of multidisciplinary artists’ books by Three Star Books; an exploration of collaborative publishing among five Italian publishers in Image Ecology; an installation of Lilit with talismans, spells, and drawings in the stairwell by Tamar Ettun; and a rooftop publishing experiment with Werkplaats Typografie.

For more information about NYABF Programs, and to register, go here

Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, NY Info Neighborhood Map



Thursday, April 25-Sunday, April 28: The Photography Show presented by AIPAD at the Armory

The Photography Show presented by AIPAD, the premier international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium, returns to the iconic Park Avenue Armory in 2024 for its 43rd edition, presenting a dazzling array of photography from all periods and a program of compelling talks and panel discussions. Tickets

The Photography Show will feature a carefully curated selection of contemporary, modern, and historic photography. Leading galleries, including both AIPAD members and nonmembers, will exhibit at the fair. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience an extraordinary range of styles, genres, and techniques from both emerging and established photographers. From classic black and white prints to innovative digital creations, the show will offer a comprehensive overview of the rich and evolving landscape of photography. Exhibitors

The Photography Show 2024 includes an extensive presentation at the Park Avenue Armory with U.S. and international galleries, a second annual exhibition of monumental photographs, an expansion of the in-person AIPAD Talks program, the AIPAD Award Ceremony, and additional programs to be announced. AIPAD has hired the architecture firm Oficina.LA to create a stunning new design for the space. Celebrating the diverse and dynamic nature of photography, the show will offer an exceptional platform for renowned galleries and artists to showcase their work for collectors, curators, journalists, and the public. Book Signings   Artists Talks

The Park Avenue Armory, x 67h Street and Park Avenue, New York, NY Info



Continuing: Walton Ford | Birds and Beasts of the Studio at The Morgan

American artist Walton Ford (b. 1960) established his reputation in the 1990s with his monumental watercolor paintings of wild animals inspired by true or legendary stories of dramatic encounters between humankind and nature. Fascinated by the perception of wilderness in the collective imagination and by the consequences of human behavior—from colonialism to climate change—for the future of wildlife species, Ford develops complex narratives that have renewed the genre of animal painting. Above: Walton Ford, Study for “Flucht,” 2018 (detail)

This exhibition presents sixty-three studies, including detailed renderings made from observation in zoos and museums of natural history, quick compositional sketches, and small watercolors in which he establishes his color scheme, which the artist gifted to the Museum. The exhibition also features a selection of animal drawings and prints by earlier artists, from Rembrandt and Dorothea Maria Gsell to Eugène Delacroix, Antoine-Louis Barye, and John James Audubon, selected by Ford from the Morgan’s collection. 

Save the date: Friday, April 26, 2024 4–7 pm, Drop-in Drawing: The Natural World Info

The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York, NY Info



Looking Ahead: Frieze Week, May 1-5

Frieze New York art fair returns to The Shed this year with more than 60 galleries from 25 countries and a extensive program of events and activations that include collaborative projects with some of the city’s significant non-profit arts organizations. Tickets to the fair are available now.

Frieze New York 2024 features an extensive program of original commissions, one-off events and creative collaborations, with partners including Performance Space, Arrtists Space, High Line Art and the Rockefeller Center. Explore this year’s performance-themed program here.

Frieze Week Events and Activities will take place across New York art spaces, and include the opening of major institutional exhibitions: Petrit Halilaj’s Roof Garden Commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Arlene Shechet: Girl Group” at Storm King Art Center and “Mika Tajima: Super Natural” at the Hill Art Foundation. Frieze New York also coincides with several landmark shows, including the 81st installment of the Whitney Biennial, “Hiroshige’s 100 Famous Views of Edo (feat. Takashi Murakami)” at the Brooklyn Museum, “The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism” at the Met, “Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning” at MoMA and Pacita Abad at MoMA PS1. 
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Frieze New York, The Shed, 545 W