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Printed Matter

Printed Matter

Address 195 Tenth Avenue; NY 10011
between 21st and 22nd Street
Neighbourhood West Chelsea | See on map
Subway 23 St [C, E]
Telephone +1 212 925 0325
Website http://printedmatter.org/
Hours Mon-Sat 11-19 (Thu-Fri until 20)

There may be a time and place for Amazon. However, if you’re looking for that rare out-of-print title, hit the Strand Book Store on Broadway. Something fashionable or trendy-kitsch? Bookmarc in the West Village is a safe bet. And when you haven’t got a clue what you’re looking for, well, then there’s this West Chelsea institution.

Now, Printed Matter isn’t your usual book store. A non-profit ‘dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists’, it has more in common with the neighbouring art galleries than Barnes & Nobles. No New York Times bestsellers or Taschen coffee table tomes here, but instead an impressive collection of artsy oddities, most of which you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.

Massive – it’s apparently the world’s largest organisation of its kind – and largely stocking well-affordable items, set aside a couple of hours to browse the aisles. Some of the material is seriously marginal and not everybody will appreciate an obscure fanzine, vintage flyer or monograph, but perhaps a hand-bound poetry collection or a curious flipbook will do the trick.