Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. is America’s premier source for books on twentieth and twenty-first 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 three 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 Aspen Art Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Design Museum, London; Glenstone Museum; Guggenheim Museum; Hayward Gallery; Louisiana Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts Boston; MAMCO; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Portrait Gallery; New Museum; Royal Academy of Art; Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum; Walker Art Center; Warhol Museum and Vitra Design Museum, among many other important museum publishers. D.A.P. is also the exclusive North American distributor for independent publishing programs including Actes Sud; Arquine; Atelier Editions; Badlands; Blank Forms; Bokförlaget Stolpe; Cahiers d’Art; Damiani; DelMonico Books; Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art; Editorial RM; Editions Xavier Barral; Exact Change; Fondation Cartier; FUEL; Gregory R. Miller & Co.; Hatje Cantz; Hauser & Wirth; Heni; The Ice Plant; JRP|Ringier; Karma; Lars Müller; Metropolis Books; nai010; Poligrafa; Primary Information; Radius; Reel Art Press; Royal Academy; Siglio; Skira; Spector; Steidl; Turner; Valiz; Wakefield Press and Walther König, among other important publishers.
Over the past three decades, D.A.P. has been the exclusive distributor for such seminal publications as Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Agnes Martin and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night, co-published with Tate; Philip Guston Now, co-published with the National Gallery of Art, Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls, co-published with The Andy Warhol Museum; Tauba Auerbach — S v Z and René Magritte: The Fifth Season, co-published with SFMOMA; 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 catalog, 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 Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists, The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, Landscape Painting Now, 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 of the influential architecture and urban planning imprint Metropolis Books, whose recent bestsellers include Never Built Los Angeles and Never Built New York, Cape Cod Modern, Fire Island Modernist, and Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises, edited by Architecture for Humanity and now in its fifth printing.