Sep 05, 1989

New York - Dia Art Foundation, a major contemporary arts organization, and Printed Matter, Inc., the largest distributor and retailer of artists’ books in the United States, will join forces through an agreement giving Printed Matter occupancy of a Dia space at 77 Wooster Street, New York, in the heart of the SoHo district. Under the agreement, Printed Matter will adopt the name “Printed Matter Bookstore at Dia” but will retain separate legal and operational identity. Printed Matter renovated Dia’s former exhibition gallery over the summer and has opened to the public. The move to this new centrally located address from their location at 7 Lispenard Street doubles Printed Matter’s available space.

John Goodwin, Director of Printed Matter, commented, “Our move to 77 Wooster Street represents one of the most exciting developments for Printed Matter in its thirteen year history. Our goal over the years has been to reach the widest possible audience for the promotion, distribution and understanding of artists’ publications. The move to a newer, larger, more accessible space combined with our association with Dia will allow Printed Matter to expand its services and better represent the growing field of artists’ books.”

Charles Wright, Executive Director of Dia, further noted, “This is an extraordinary opportunity for Dia to become involved with one of the great arts organizations of New York. Printed Matter has done more than any other organization to sustain the artist book form and has served the needs of a large and growing community of artists. We believe that at a time when so many first-rate arts groups are struggling, combinations and collaborations in various forms are the best means of expansion and organizational development. We are looking forward to collaboration on many levels with Printed Matter.”

As an integral part of this arrangement the two non-profit organizations also plan to develop joint programs. The first collaborative effort will be a day-long symposium on artists’ books to be held November 18, 1989 at the Dia space at 155 Mercer Street, New York. The symposium will focus on a range of current issues and developments in artists’ books and publications. Panelists will include, among others, Barbara Bloom, AA Bronson, Bice Curiger, Felipe Ehrenberg, Raymond Foye, Dan Graham, Kathy Haibreich, Edgar Heap of Birds, Jenny Holzer, Mike Kelley, Jo Anne Paschall, Adrian Piper, Richard Prince and Lawrence Weiner, and will be moderated by Clive Phillpot, Director of the Library at the Museum of Modern Art.

The agreement between Dia and Printed Matter provides for an initial three-year term which may be renewed. Under the agreement, published materials and information pertaining to the Dia Foundation will be featured in part of the space at 77 Wooster Street, and Printed Matter will offer selected artists’ book titles for sale at Dia’s principal exhibition facility at 548 West 22nd Street.

Printed Matter works exclusively with books by artists and currently sells over 4,000 titles by 2,500 artists through its bookstore and mail-order operations. Dia Art Foundation operates as a museum for contemporary art with exhibition sites in New York and elsewhere.

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For additional information or materials contact:
Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, or 212 293 5518

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