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2019 San Francisco Art Book Fair



2019 San Francisco Art Book Fair

This July marks the much anticipated return of the San Francisco Art Book Fair (SFABF) at Minnesota Street Project (MSP). The SFABF will take place Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21 and is free and open to the public. Launched in 2016 as a joint collaboration between Colpa, Minnesota Street Project, and Park Life, the fair’s popularity has grown steadily over the past three years. This year the fair continues to expand its horizons, offering more programming, new exhibitors, and exciting limited editions from world-renowned artists.

The mission of the SFABF is to foster the unique art publishing community of the Bay Area while providing a platform for national and international publishers to exhibit their work to new audiences. The three-day annual event features a unique selection of artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists' multiples. These items are presented by over 100 publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, and galleries from the Bay Area and around the world. Unlike other art book fairs, the SFABF also includes a dozen independently owned and operated galleries permanently housed at Minnesota Street Project. Adding to the breadth and scope of this year’s fair are thirty-five new exhibitors, as well as thirteen international exhibitors representing ten different countries including Japan, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, and the Netherlands. Swissnex, in collaboration with Pro Helvetia, and the Italian Cultural Institute will each sponsor an international publisher’s participation in the fair, respectively Side Issues (Switzerland) and Witty Kiwi (Italy). The complete list of exhibitors is available here.

Over the course of the weekend, the SFABF will feature a variety of talks, discussions, book launches, special projects, and signings curated by David Senior, Chief of Library and Archives at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). The full schedule will be announced soon. Additional programming coordinated by the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (MFA), in association with its exhibition What is an edition, anyway?, will be held at 1150 25th Street, including events with Ala Ebtekar, Bonanza, and Stephanie Syjuco.  

Refreshment options available on-site will include the El Tonayense taco truck, an elote and fruit cart, and a pop-up espresso bar from Tartine’s Coffee Manufactory on Tennessee Street, as well as, sweet treats from izzyA’s Frozen Custard truck in the parking lot of 1150 25th Street. All this in addition to Besharam, the inhouse restaurant located on the ground floor of Minnesota Street Project. SFABF’s opening night celebration, hosted by CHROMA, on Friday, July 19 from 6-10pm is free and open to the public. The evening will feature music from DJ Centipede (Mophono/Change The Beat), as well as food, wine, and beer for sale. A portion of the beverage proceeds from the opening party will benefit SFArtsEd.


Date: Da Friday, July 19, 2019 a Sunday, July 21, 2019

Organized by : Colpa, Minnesota Street Project, Park Life

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free


1275 Minnesota Street