Printed Matter has announced the resignation of AA Bronson as chief executive of the organization.
Philip Aarons, chair of the Printed Matter board, said: “AA Bronson has accomplished a remarkable transformation of our institution over the last six years by bringing a clear, new relevance to young artists while consistently celebrating what was best in our past. The move to a cool, highly visible Chelsea storefront, the revival of our publishing program, the excellence of our exhibitions and perhaps most significantly, his tireless work in the creation and expansion of The NY Art Book Fair have made Printed Matter matter again.”
Formerly treasurer of the board, Bronson left the board in 2004 and joined the staff on a temporary basis to resolve the financial and administrative problems that had been plaguing the organization. A position that was originally intended to last six months grew to six years, a period during which Bronson redesigned the financial and administrative structure of the organization while expanding its program. He continues as an advisor to Printed Matter, and looks forward to returning to the Printed Matter board after a hiatus of some months. Printed Matter was founded by a group of artists and art workers in 1976.
Bronson is departing to spend time on personal projects, especially “Haute Culture,” the retrospective of General Idea that opens at the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris in February 2011. He is studying for his Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary, and will continue in his position of artistic director of the Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice, which he founded at Union in 2008.
AA Bronson will remain at Printed Matter until after this year’s NY Art Book Fair, the non-profit fair that he founded as a Printed Matter project in 2006.
Printed Matter’s board of directors also announced that Catherine Krudy, currently Printed Matter’s director, will become acting executive director. Krudy has worked under AA Bronson’s direction at Printed Matter since 2006.
AA Bronson said: “Catherine Krudy brings a boundless energy and optimism to Printed Matter. On the eve of Printed Matter’s thirty-fifth anniversary, it is time to pass the organization along to a younger generation. Catherine Krudy is the ideal candidate to lead us into the future.”