June 1, 2021
Printed Matter Benefit Auction
June 1-15, 2021, closing at 12pm EDT
Printed Matter + Artsy are thrilled to present Printed Matter’s Spring Benefit Auction featuring more than seventy artworks from contemporary artists in support of the organization’s work on behalf of artists’ books and publishing.
The proceeds from this auction will provide vital support for Printed Matter, the world’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the distribution, understanding and appreciation of artists’ books and related publications. Founded in 1976, Printed Matter represents over 12,000 titles by some 6000 artists from across the globe, and provides a broad range of free programs and services to artists and the public, including events and exhibitions, Art Book Fairs, and a broad distribution platform through its two nonprofit bookstores and its website printedmatter.org, one of the most extensive bibliographic databases for artists’ publications in the world.
Funds raised in this benefit auction will play a critical role in Printed Matter’s rebound from lost revenue due to the Covid pandemic, and will help ensure that Printed Matter will continue to thrive into the future.
During the pandemic, Printed Matter has worked hard to support artists while connecting artists’ books and audiences in new ways, from its first-ever Virtual Art Book Fair to an ongoing calendar of online events addressing a broad range of themes in artists’ publishing. In these precarious and challenging times the importance of the work we do has become even more clear. Artists’ books bring people together and connect us — they open spaces for people to experiment, collaborate, explore, discover, and learn, and we need them more than ever.