At the New York Art Book Fair This Weekend: Erotica by Badlands, Balzac by Powers, Arcangel by Arcangel

The 2014 edition of the fair.COURTESY BJ ENRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

The 2014 edition of the fair.


It’s hard to beat New York in September. The weather cools, the new art season begins, and the New York Art Book Fair arrives at MoMA PS1, the rare art bazaar where anyone with a little bit of money in his or her pocket can walk away with something pretty special. (And now that many dealers take credit cards, you don’t even need money!) The fair opens tonight, with 370 exhibitors presenting work. (Details here.) Below, some highlights.

— Badlands Unlimited (which is run in part by Paul Chan, whom Frank Guan wrote about for the website today) is releasing three new books from its outré erotic literature series, “New Lovers.” The writers: Cara Benedetto, Al Bedell, and Lex Brown (a trailer for Brown’s contribution follows below). On Friday the imprint is having a party in the courtyard of Greene Naftali’s space in Chelsea for the “New Lovers” books and its recently released translation, by Sarah Ruden, of Plato’s The Art of Cunning. And on Saturday at 2 p.m. it will host a reading and book signing with all three authors at PS1.

Morel Books is offering up a new book by ARTnews contributor Bill Powers called The Unknown Masterpiece, an adaptation of the Balzac short story. It’s an edition of 500 and sports cover art by George Condo. The price: $25.

Arcangel Surfware will be selling the first eight issues of Cory Arcangel’s magazine The Source, which is rich with source code for the artist’s digital works. Note to Arcangel fans: check our website tomorrow for a special book fair–timed Consumer Report from him.

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