Printed Matter, Inc
Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit bookstore and arts space presently located at 195 Tenth Ave in Chelsea. Printed Matter focuses on publications made and distributed by artists.
The Printed Matter, Inc. shop was founded by a group of artists in 1976 as a for- profit art space in Tribeca after a few years of being a publisher of artist books. Lucy Lippard cites artist Seth Siegelaub's International General as a major model for Printed Matter, Inc. In 1978, it became a non-profit organization with a focus on artist publications. In 1989 Printed Matter, Inc. moved to SoHo, where it stayed for 12 years before moving to Chelsea in 2001, where it stayed for 4 years until it moved to its current location.
Many radical, avant-garde and experimental artists and writers have been linked to Printed Matter, Inc. Figures in its early history were critic and artist Lucy Lippard, artist Sol LeWitt, and Carl Andre among others. Artist AA Bronson served as president of Printed Matter from 2004-2010 and during that time created and directed the NY Art Book Fair, which hosts over 200 independent presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists, and publishers. The NY Art Book Fair and LA Art Book Fair are now presented by Printed Matter.