Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. is America’s premier source for books on twentieth century art, photography, design and aesthetic culture. Founded in 1990 in downtown New York at a time when fine and sometimes esoteric international art books had a difficult time making their way into the wider American marketplace, over the past two decades D.A.P. has grown into a major international distributor of books, special editions and rare publications from an array of the world’s most respected publishers, museums and cultural institutions.
D.A.P. is the exclusive North American representative of such major American museum publishers as the Guggenheim Museum; the Aspen Art Museum; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Fine Arts Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among many others. Some of the independent international publishers represented by D.A.P. include Aperture, Charta, Chris Boot, Damiani, Editorial RM, Exact Change, Fuel, Gregory R. Miller & Co., Hatje Cantz, JRP|Ringier, Metropolis Books, NAi, Picturebox, Poligrafa, Turner and Walther König.
Over the past two decades, D.A.P. has been the exclusive distributor for such seminal publications as Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting, published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Edward Hopper, published by The Museum of Fine Art Boston; Dave Hickey’s Air Guitar, published by Art Issues Press; the Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hanover, Cologne, New York, Paris exhibition catalogue, realized in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Washington; Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave, co-published with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the substantially expanded Gerhard Richter: Writings co-published with Cologne art book publisher, Walther König. D.A.P. is also recognized for its commitment to the work of emerging artists, and is proud to have distributed the very first catalogues on artists such as Shirin Neshat, Gabriel Orozco, Gelitin and Nick Cave well before they were widely recognized names.
In addition, D.A.P. maintains a small in-house publishing program. Original D.A.P. publications include John Yau’s A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns, Lee Friedlander's America By Car and the collection, On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators, edited by Carolee Thea. D.A.P. is also the publisher, together with Metropolis Magazine, of the influential architecture and urban planning imprint, Metropolis Books, whose recent bestsellers include Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, a project by Fritz Haeg; Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises, edited by Architecture for Humanity and now in its fifth printing; and Emily Pilloton’s Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People.
D.A.P.’s editorial, design, publicity, sales and marketing departments are based in SoHo, New York. Our Los Angeles Showroom is open by appointment only. Warehousing and fulfillment takes place in Jackson, TN, through the respected Perseus Books Distribution group. D.A.P. books are available through better bookstores, museum shops, high-end design and gift stores, wholesalers and online services. If you are a curator, critic, architect, artist, designer, professor or art student, please join our mailing list to receive the D.A.P. catalog regularly or visit our annual booths at the College Art Association conference, BookExpo or the Frankfurt Book Fair.