An 80WSE exhibit explored the history of the trailblazing non-profit New York City bookstore Printed Matter.

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"Reports of the death of the book have been greatly exaggerated," says Max Schumann, channeling Mark Twain in this video sneak peek at 80WSE's exhibit Learn to Read Art: A Surviving History of Printed Matter. Schumann is the acting director of the organization established by Carl Andre, Edit DeAk, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Walter Robinson, Pat Steir, Mimi Wheeler, Robin White, and Irena von Zahn in 1976 to support artists producing their own books—outside the traditional publishing or gallery system. The 80WSE show, on through February 14, explores the non-profit bookstore's history through administrative documents, programming ephemera, and publishing projects—and also includes a Printed Matter satellite store selling artists' books and a working print shop supporting the work of artists in residence. It's the testament to the sustained power of print in the digital age.

Learn more:
http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/80wse
https://printedmatter.org