Following our Self-Publishing Mini-Series held in July, Rebecca Boswell left us the following list of recommended publishers, bookstores, distributors, journals and online platforms to check out, based both locally and internationally.
3-ply is an independent publishing initiative that focuses on publication, writing, editing and translation as an extension of art practice. In exhibition settings, 3-ply operates as a shifting collaborative, investigating artist-led publishing as an experimental site for the creation, mutation, dispersal and archiving of texts.
Clouds is a small publishing house involved in the publication of art books in Aotearoa New Zealand. Based in Newtown, Auckland, Clouds was founded by Warren Olds and Gwynneth Porter.
Dexter Sinister (NYC)
Dexter Sinister is a workshop and occasional bookstore founded by David Reinfurt and Stuart Bailey. The workshop intended to model a ‘Just-In-Time’ economy of print production, running counter to the contemporary assembly-line realities of large-scale publishing. This involved avoiding waste by working on-demand, utilizing local cheap machinery, considering alternate distribution strategies, and collapsing distinctions of editing, design, production and distribution into one efficient activity.
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Printed Matter, Inc. (NYC)
Founded in 1976, Printed Matter, Inc. is the world’s leading non-profit organisation dedicated to the dissemination, understanding, and appreciation of artists' books and related publications.
Book Works (UK)
Established in 1984, Book Works is an art commissioning organisation specialising in artists’ books, spoken word and printed matter. Dedicated to supporting new work by emerging artists, their projects are initiated by invitation, open submission, and through guest-curated projects. Book Works consists of a publishing and commissioning department; and a studio specialising in binding, box-making and multiples.
Other activities include publishing, a lecture and seminar programme, exhibitions, the development of an on-line archive, and artists’ surgeries and workshops held by both the publishing department and the studio.
KARMA is a bookstore, gallery and publisher specializing in artist publications, located in New York City. In addition to its own titles, Karma stocks periodicals, artworks, artists' editions, rare and out-of-print items and other in-print titles by noted publishers. Founded by Brendan Dugan of An Art Service, (http://www.anartservice.com/)
Zabriskie is a bookstore that deals with the cultural phenomena that move below the mainstream radar: unusual music, film, photography and visual arts; counter-culture; intoxicants; the avant-garde; dropouts; outsiders; magic; bizarre, exotic and interesting cultural and natural histories; utopian societies; alternative natural experiences.
castillo/corrales is a co-operatively run, non-profit contemporary art venue that includes an exhibition space (now closed), a bookstore and a publishing house. Managed by a group of artists, curators, writers and graphic designers, castillo/corrales was conceived in 2007 as a new type of art institution, one that provides artists, professionals and audience with an intimate and informal environment conducive to experimentation, discussion, and learning.
Badlands Unlimited (NYC)
Founded in 2010, Badlands Unlimited publishes e-books, paper books, and artist works in digital and print forms. With historical distinctions between books, files, and artworks are dissolving rapidly, Badlands Unlimited seek to publish and produce new works by artists and writers that embody the spirit of this emerging dissolution.“We make books in an expanded field.”
The recent editorial, Publisher’s Note: Summer of art, publishing, violence, racism, hate, integration, true nature, is a particularly beautiful advocation for the importance of publishing in our current social climate, positioning interrogation not as a philosophical luxury but a political necessity.
“It is the idea that books are a form of public art—perhaps its greatest and most urgent form.”
Arcadia Missa Publications Store (London)
Arcadia Missa Publications programme develops and explores discourse around the contemporary digital-networked environment, and its effects on cultural production and consumption, politics, subjectivity, and identity.
Motto was started by Alexis Zavialoff around 2007, and initiated as a distribution company for Switzerland, specializing in magazines and fanzines, a service which hardly existed before on the Swiss territory. A particularity of Motto is to offer the possibility of finding back issues of selected magazines, and also a wide selection of artists’ publications, including more experimental projects in sometimes very small print runs.
Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
Franklin Furnace's mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content.
World Food Books (Melbourne)
World Food Books is a contemporary art and design book shop and service. Founded in 2010 World Food Books is dedicated to presenting a quality selection of international contemporary art journals, monographs and artists’ editions to Melbourne and beyond. As well as specialising in contemporary art publishing they stock a selection of theory, design, fashion and fiction titles alongside selected rare and out-of-print books, journals, monographs, catalogues and ephemera.
S/F merges at least 3 forms of production and dissemination—art, design, and print—through its operation as a design studio, project space, exhibition venue, niche publishing house and pocket-scaled laboratory for urban aesthetics and collaborative thinking. S/F works with artists as well as designers and architects and has its own publishing imprint, producing publications, newspapers and artists’ editions. With a special emphasis on printed matter, the S/F project aims to enable and promote critical speculation and knowledge production in the related fields of design, art, and architecture.
Triple Canopy (NYC)
Triple Canopy is a magazine based in New York. Since 2007, Triple Canopy has advanced a model for publication that encompasses digital works of art and literature, public conversations, exhibitions, and books. Working closely with artists, writers, technologists, and designers, Triple Canopy produces projects that demand considered reading and viewing.
BULLETINS OF THE SERVING LIBRARY (NYC)
BULLETINS OF THE SERVING LIBRARY is a composite printed/electronic publication that follows a direct line from Dot Dot Dot, the semi-annual journal founded in 2000 and published by Dexter Sinister. The “bulletins” that make up each issue are first published online as PDFs at www.servinglibrary.org over a six-month period, then assembled, printed and distributed.
Building on the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art’s long history of framing and instigating debate, the WdW Review is an online publishing platform aimed at informing our ever-expanding spheres of action in an age of constant reformations be they aesthetic, geographic, economic, communal, ecological, and even spiritual.
aCCeSsions is the online journal of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York.
and last but not least,
natural sympathies and weird weather
A website and online project by The Physics Room featuring Ash Kilmartin, Virginia Overell, Matthew George Richard Ward, Rebecca Boswell, Victor & Hester. Edited by Rebecca Boswell and designed by Joel Cocks.