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Re: [BKARTS] New York's Book Fest



"Some exhibitors at SURTEX, like those at Book Fest, had concerns about the number of students who attended...Students need to understand that participating artists come a long way, invest a great deal of time and energy to show and sell their books. There is a limited amount of time in which to do this and the artists need to concentrate on potential customers."

With my experience in similar British fairs, students contribute heavily to the purchasing sector. Additionaly, they not only populate events adding excitement and energy, but also may propose thought-provoking questions to the artists that may improve their practise (both of the artist and of the student). Does this not create a greater appreciation for this specialised art form? And how does a seller judge who their potential customer may or may not be (this is genuinely a curiousity question, not an antagonistic one!). Furthermore, there's a running joke with peers that the majority of artist book collectors are book artists...(not fully true, I know).

AC Berkheiser

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