Saturday, July 23, 2016

871 Fine Arts

871 Fine Arts opened thirty years ago at 871 Folsom Street in San Francisco. When the building was slated for demolition following the 1989 earthquake, the bookstore/gallery moved to 250 Sutter, and then spent 13 years at 49 Geary. Their current location is 20 Hawthorne Street, in a building owned by Crown Point Press (who also have Gagosian as their tenant). It’s a few minutes walk from SFMOMA.

Specializing in books on contemporary art, 871 carries both new and out-of-print books, along with artists’ prints, posters,  drawings, ephemera, and multiples. Special sections include the Something Else Press, Fluxus, Conceptual Art, the intersection of art and poetry (several Kenneth Patchen titles), Ed Ruscha afters, and Artists’ writings. Their flat files include artists' books by Richard Tuttle, multiples by Cary Leibowitz, Tom Sachs and George Maciunas, publications from SMS, pop art and minimalism ephemera, buttons by Sol Lewitt and Yoko Ono, etc. etc.

The store is without a website, and owner Adrienne Fish shares a name with a Toronto comic, making Google searches that much trickier. But they can be reached at and are participating in the San Francisco Art Book Fair this weekend.

The store is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:30am to 5:30pm.

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