As our eyeballs migrate to phablets, some commentators have prophesied the demise of the printed page. Yet handmade artists’ books have matured into a vibrant art form: “Learn to Read Art: A Surviving History of Printed Matter” documents four decades of ephemera, exhibition records, and limited-edition volumes culled from this seminal nonprofit’s archive (which was damaged during Sandy). Whether Barbara Kruger’s block-letter polemics or the Fugs’ witty smut, Printed Matter has long been a purveyor of the smart, the outré, the beautiful, the political, and permutations thereof. There will be a PM pop-up store on-site, with artists-in-residence working in a fully equipped bookmaking studio. Perhaps you’ll find the perfect holiday gift for that special friend who needs all things — whether beer, toys, pickles, or books — artisanal.
Dec. 2-Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 26, 2014