Primary Information is a non-profit organization based in New York City that publishes artists’ books and editions, new books of artists’ writings, and facsimile editions of books that are out of print. In the past decade, it has established an international reputation for its publishing program, particularly its reprints of important historical material. Primary Information’s program involves three distinct components: the publication of out-of-print or unavailable material that is still vital to the contemporary art conversation; the publication of writing by contemporary artists; and the commissioning of artist editions and books. Primary Information believes that books can function as exhibitions, making the work of artists distributable to a global audience. As a central tenant of its mission, the organization prices all books at cost so that they are affordable and accessible to the largest possible audience.
“The Foundation’s commitment to supporting artists by funding the institutions that incubate, encourage, exhibit and critically engage their work is unwavering. Non-profit arts organizations face profound challenges due to the political, economic, social and cultural upheavals of our current moment. At the same time, and more than ever, artists need the supportive community and creative encouragement that these organizations provide.”
Joel Wachs, President