Cultural Traffic

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Cultural Traffic
Cultural Traffic Arts Fair.png
GenreArt book fair
Inaugurated7 October 2016 (2016-10-07)
FounderToby Mott

Cultural Traffic is a multi-discipline arts fair within the art book fair scene. It was inaugurated in October 2016 in London and has since held events in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Miami. The fairs generally feature artists and dealers of counterculture media and art including books, zines, catalogues, posters, prints, tapes, vinyls, and others.[1][2]


Cultural Traffic in New York in 2018.

Cultural Traffic was founded by Toby Mott in 2016.[3] The first Cultural Traffic fair took place at Truman's Brewery in Shoreditch, London on 7 and 8 October 2016 during the Frieze Art Fair.[4] Exhibitors included Mark Pawson, Book Works, Trolley Books, and numerous others. The John Marchant Gallery also presented Jamie Reid's collection of art and media from the punk era.[2][5] Like all subsequent Cultural Traffic events, the inaugural one hosted book launches and exhibitions and featured lectures, live performances, and panel discussions.[4][6] The second event also took place at Truman's Brewery on 17 and 18 December 2016. Exhibitors included the L-13 Light Industrial Workshop, Iain McKell, Erotic Review, and numerous others.[7]

Another Cultural Traffic event took place at the Firstsite contemporary art gallery in Colchester on 18 February 2017.[8] The event's first New York iteration took place on 7 May 2017 and was hosted at the Hester Street Fair on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. The fair featured 35 exhibitors including Jamie Reid who created two Donald Trump pieces for the event.[6][9] Later in 2017, Cultural Traffic fairs were held in Los Angeles,[10] London,[11] and Miami (during Art Basel).[12]

In May 2018, Cultural Traffic returned to the Hester Street Fair in Manhattan with over 50 exhibitors.[13] Later that month, it held its first event in Detroit which hosted the exhibition and the book launch for Kraftwerk: Dance Forever.[14]


  1. ^ Westall, Mark (October 2, 2016). "New counter culture book fair Cultural Traffic to launch during Frieze London 2016". FAD. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "CULTURAL TRAFFIC debuts at London Art Week!". Art Attack. September 26, 2016.
  3. ^ Stone, Bryony (October 6, 2016). ""Counter-culture fair" Cultural Traffic opens in Shoreditch (NSFW)". It's Nice That. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Rixon, Ayisha; Kane, Ashleigh (September 29, 2016). "London's first annual punk publishing fair is coming". Dazed. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Sherwin, Adam (October 6, 2016). "Artisan 70s porn on display at affordable 'punk' alternative to Frieze Art Fair". i. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Felix, Annie (May 6, 2017). "Cultural Traffic Is the Punk Art Fair Subverting NY Art Week". Paper. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Westall, Mark (December 16, 2016). "Something For The Weekend: FESTIVE CULTURAL TRAFFIC". FAD. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Cultural Traffic counterculture fair comes to Firstsite". Art Daily. February 16, 2017. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Cascone, Sarah (April 28, 2017). "Frieze Week 2017: Your Go-to Guide to New York's Fairs". ArtNet. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "Cultural Traffic". Paperwork NYC. October 6, 2017. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  11. ^ Rea, Naomi (October 2, 2017). "Not a VIP? Here Are the Best Frieze Week Events Everyone Can Attend". ArtNet. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  12. ^ Uszerowicz, Monica (December 4, 2017). "Your Concise Guide to Miami Art Week 2017". Hyperallergic. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  13. ^ Cascone, Sarah; Goldstein, Caroline (April 30, 2018). "Here's Your Go-To Guide for All the Art Fairs During New York's Frieze Week 2018". ArtNet. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  14. ^ "All the art freaks we saw at Cultural Traffic". Metro Times. May 28, 2018. Retrieved August 6, 2018.

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