An exhibition of new work by Max Blagg will be on view from March 7 to April 7, 2014. Join us for an artist’s reception and book release on Friday, March 14th, from 7-9 pm
Click the links for more images and info about the works exhibited, the publication, or for installation views
6 Decades open Friday-Saturday,  12-6pm, or by appt.

Postcard from California

After a month of single-digit temperatures in New York we at 6 Decades Books are very happy to have arrived in Southern California. We are exhibiting at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, at MoCA’s Geffen Contemporary Center. It opens Thursday evening from 6-9pm and continues daily through Sunday February 2nd. The warm weather is only part of the reason we are excited to be here. We've been busy the past few months and it's time to show off what we’ve been working on, and to see what has been keeping the other exhibitors busy. Click below to see a few things we will exhibiting this year. For those of you in LA, this is a preview of coming attractions--visit the fair and see much more. For those of you elsewhere, this is a postcard we're sending from our mid-winter break in the sun. Wish you were here!

Fall Sale

Everyone loves a sale--this one comes in 33 flavors. Click the link for a selection of sale books with prices that have been reduced by 30%-70%. For more (and larger) images of the sale items there is a Flickr set with additional photos.


Kwadraat-Bladen were a series of experimental publications in which artists, designers, architects and writers were invited into a collaborative working relationship with the Dutch printing firm steendrukkerij de Jong & Co. in order to explore the artistic and graphic possibilities of printed media. The series was overseen by Pieter Brattinga, the firm’s 2nd generation owner and chief designer, who initiated the project as a means of advertising de Jong & Co.’s superior artistic and technical qualities. Kwadraat-Bladen were published at irregular intervals from 1955 to 1974, gradually evolving into a well-known avant-garde journal credited with having produced some of the most technically advanced and aesthetically innovative printed matter to emerge from Europe during this period. While the earliest publications were beautifully printed, they were brief and not particularly complicated, but later issues grew to be increasingly elaborate productions, utilizing multiple paper stocks, transparent overlays, fold-out pages, moveable elements, die-cuts, et cetera. Despite this, the publications were never sold, but distributed free of charge as promotional materials to clients, friends and other interested parties around the world.

The one constant of the Kwadraat Bladen was a standard format, 25 x 25 cm square with multi-lingual text (Dutch, English, French and German), but the publications were otherwise as varied as the artists involved, including Dieter Rot, Bruno Munari, Buckminster Fuller, Marc Chagall, Ed van der Elsken, Wim Crouwel, Henry Miller, and Gerrit Rietveld, to name a few.

Click here for a catalog of the KwadraatBladen we currently have available and many more (and larger) images of all these publications on our flckr page.

New Arrivals

Our October catalog is a selection of recent arrivals including books, posters, multiples and ephemera by Tauba Auerbach, Stanley Brouwn, Lee Bontecou, Sarah Charlesworth, Mike Kelley, Yayoi Kusama, Piero Manzoni, Brice Marden, Christopher Wool, and the Zero Group, not to mention a collection of early Inter/View magazines, and a christmas gift sent out by Factory Records in 1979. For additional images (at higher resolution) see the Flickr Set devoted to this listing.  A few copies of 6 Decades' newest publication Various Small Flyers are still available for purchase at $25 per copy. Please email with queries or to place an order. 

Various Small Flyers at NY Art Book Fair

6 Decades Books will be at the NY Art Book Fair from September 19th to the 22nd. The fair opens Thursday evening with the preview from 6-9 pm. We'll be in the same spot as last year: booth P04 on the first floor. We're pleased to announce a new publication, Various Small Flyers, a catalog Designed to suggest a ransom note version of a Ruscha book, the new catalogue is devoted to punk flyers, exhibition announcements, and other contemporary ephemera. Published in an edition of 125 copies, Various Small Flyers will be exclusively available at the NY Art Book Fair before going on general sale next week. For descriptions and prices of the flyers shown in the book, click here.

Saturday, August 24th, LARRY CLARK spontaneous limited edition

This Saturday from 2 to 5 pm, Larry Clark will set the record straight. In 1999 the Groninger Museum printed a postcard book of Clark's work. Larry loved the book but it was riddled with errors and he refused to let it be distributed. Most of the print run was pulped, though copies do occasionally surface and when they do often sell for hundreds of dollars. Clark also kept a few copies for himself, and this Saturday he will be making them available exclusively at 6 Decades Books, where he will be on hand creating a spontaneous limited edition of approximately fifty copies, personally signing and correcting each one. The price is $250; click here for more images and additional details. If you would like to buy a copy but will be unable to attend in person, please contact us at

Summer Sale

It's late summer and here at 6 Decades we are in housecleaning mode. Click this link for a selection of items with prices that have been reduced by 30%-70%. There are more books on sale in the shop if you'd like to stop by in person at 265 Canal Street. (The sale runs through the end of August). If you would like to see more (or larger) images of any of the books on the sale list click here for a Flickr page where you will find additional images.

Dog Days

Despite the heat we've been working on a Dog Days of Summer catalogue featuring File Megazine, a rare Hans-Peter Feldmann publication, a couple Mike Kelley books, and a few other new arrivals. Stay tuned for several upcoming projects and events, including a new publication, a late summer book sale, and fall book fair... and if you feel like stopping by the shop, we're here most weekdays from 10 to 5 and although many New Yorkers flee the midsummer heat, we think this is the best season to enjoy the city's cultural options with relatively little competition (and no need for sunscreen or bug spray). If you're in town, come spend a lazy summer afternoon with us, browse the new material, and sit an extra minute in the air conditioning.

Memorial Day Mash-up

To kick the summer off right, we've prepared a seasonal picnic: a couple light bites, some comfort fare, and a few exotic delicacies, all in-season, locally sourced, sustainably harvested, free range, non-GMO, and hormone-free... 
Click here for a catalog featuring works by Jenny Holzer, Jasper Johns, Martin Kippenberger, Jannis Kounellis, Living Theatre, Olaf Nicolai, Stephen Shore and LaMonte Young.
Memorial Day Mash-up