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Printed Matter, Inc.

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195 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011 40.746802 -74.00485
nr. 22nd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-925-0325 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range, ($$$) High End
  • Products & Services: Books, Prints/Posters
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Tue-Wed, 11am-6pm; Thu-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun-Mon, closed

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C, E at 23rd St.

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Product Guide


  • Prints/Posters


  • Books


Printed Matter, a large nonprofit dedicated to contemporary art books, was founded by Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, and other art-world characters as an alternative art venue, in 1976. In 1978, it refocused, to specialize in distributing affordable books from small, independent publishers. Located in Chelsea, the two-room store has an aluminum storefront and bright pink sign. Just inside the door are carts of artist periodicals. A long, whitewashed hallway connecting the store's front and back rooms hosts books by 5,000 different artists, many of them international. The collection includes works by Murakami, Vito Acconci, and John Baldessari, and makes for fantastic browsing; the easiest way to find a particular book, though, is to search Printed Matter's constantly updated online database from home. The back room carries some rare and out-of-print books, as well as works by small presses like Chicago's Sara Ranchouse and Scotland-based Weproductions. The store has an open-submission policy and takes in about half of the approximately 300 titles it reviews each month. It also sells affordable, collectible artworks, like LP's designed by Matthew Barney and skateboards by Liam Gillick.