The following printed interview was published in JAB 28 as part of a much larger discussion about the ways in which artists' books are displayed and distributed. As I have written previously, Printed Matter has been hugely important to book artists. My questions to Catherine Krudy appear after the BG and her responses after the CK. It is my understanding that Catherine has stepped down as Director since this interview was completed.
|Printed Matter at night|
Let me start with a little context: Printed Matter is the world''s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists; with over 15,000 titles available and over 5,000 artists represented. It is located in New York City with a main display space of around only 1,500 square feet. It’s stated mission is to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists' publications, which they define as books or other editioned publications conceived by artists as art works. Printed Matter specializes in publications produced in large, inexpensive editions and therefore does not deal in "book arts" or "book objects" which are often produced in smaller, more expensive editions due to the craft and labor involved in their fabrication.
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