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New in The Collections: More Than 200 Artists' Books From Primary Information

by NYU Libraries Communications on 2022-08-26T13:02:44-04:00 | Comments

Cover (black on green) of Godzilla: Asian American Art Network 1990-2001In support of research into the arts and art practice, NYU Libraries has acquired the complete run of publications from Primary Information, a non-profit publisher of artists' books and writings. The run includes more than 200 new and archival titles, many of them long out of print, spanning 20 years of past and future production extending into 2027. 

Giana Ricci, Librarian for the Fine Arts, who planned the acquisition together with Lori Salmon, Head of the Institute of Fine Arts Library, said, "Acquiring the complete run of Primary Information publications provides a solid foundation for future collecting in the area of artists' books and writings at Bobst Library. Primary Information is an influential platform for artists and artistic communities working outside the mainstream. Access to these publications will benefit the NYU community at large and support further scholarly and creative research in the arts." 

Among the out-of-print titles in the run are Avalanche, the Art Workers Coalition's Documents 1 and Open Hearing, and Destroy All Monsters Magazine. Recent publications include Black Art Notes, Godzilla: Asian American Art Network 1990-2001 (pictured at right), and Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959-1979. The titles will be cataloged and available in the general collections beginning in November 2022.  

From the Primary Information website: Primary Information is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 to publish artists’ books and writings. The organization’s programming advances the often-intertwined relationship between artists’ books and arts’ activism, creating a platform for historically marginalized artistic communities and practices. Primary Information facilitates intergenerational dialogue through the simultaneous publication of new and archival books, providing a new audience for out-of-print works and historical context for contemporary artists.

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