In anticipation of the this weekend, we’re posting alumni designer Mindy Seu's highlights of the New York one. Stay tuned for more throughout the week!
After the first day of the 2013 New York Art Book Fair, I felt a little overwhelmed. Some works focused on beauty, some on content, some on both, some on neither. Going from room to room, the homogenized aesthetic of the works included was very apparent. So, for the following two days, I took my time to sift through and find the gems that made my NYABF experience very worthwhile.
(1) Dieter Roth’s Inserate / Advertisements
We spent hours in the Swiss focus room on day one. Inserate is a collection of Dieter Roth’s aphorisms that he would publish in a local advertising newspaper in the early ’70s. The back cover states his reasoning: “Those pages are so brutal, they’re like a gigantic junkyard. So I thought I’d just stick a little tear in them.”
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