Sonel Breslav.

Sonel Breslav Joins Printed Matter as Director of Fairs and Editions

Printed Matter announced today that Sonel Breslav has been appointed its new director of fairs and editions. Sonel will oversee the organization’s New York and Los Angeles book fairs, coordinate its participation in international art fairs and other events, and spearhead Printed Matter’s fundraising editions.

“We are thrilled to have Sonel taking up the fair leadership—her long commitment to artists’ publishing and experience working closely with artists makes her remarkably well-suited for the role,” Printed Matter’s executive director Max Schumann said.

He added, “We remain indebted to the invaluable contributions of Shannon Michael Cane, who served as the curator of fairs and editions from 2013­–2017. His passion and advocacy for emerging artists and publishers heightened the dynamism of Printed Matter’s Art Book Fairs— among his many other lasting contributions to the organization—and we look forward to honoring his memory as the fairs continue into the future.” Cane passed away last November.

Sonel joins Printed Matter from ArtTable, the national nonprofit dedicated to advancing the leadership of women in the visual arts, where she served as national chapters and programs manager. Previously, she was the director of Murray Guy, New York, where she curated exhibitions of work by artists such as Moyra Davey, Zoe Leonard, and Alejandro Cesarco, among others. Sonel is the founder of Blonde Art Books, an independent organization dedicated to promoting small press and self-published art books through exhibitions, talks, and a publishing imprint. She also helped launch the Bushwick Art Books & Zine Fair, the lastest edition of which had more than one hundred exhibitors.

Commenting on her new position, Sonel said: “I’m hugely excited to take on the opportunities and challenges that come with this role, and am eager to contribute to an organization whose mission coincides with my own commitment to artists’ publishing and community building. . .I look forward to pushing the NY and LA Art Book Fairs in new directions, and continuing to build an environment of support for all reaches of a diverse community.”