Distributed Art Publishers

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Distributed Art Publishers
Distributed Art Publishers
Founded 1990
Founder Sharon Helgason Gallagher
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York City
Publication types Books and Limited Editions
Nonfiction topics Art
Imprints Metropolis Books
Official website www.artbook.com

D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. is an American company that distributes and publishes books on art, photography, design, and visual culture.[1]


D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers was founded in New York in 1990 (and incorporated in 1992) by Sharon Helgason Gallagher (B.A., Yale University; M.A. Columbia University), who had previously worked as rights director and managing editor at Abbeville Press.[2] It started out as a partnership between Gallagher and Daniel Power, with an office supplied by Parkett, but Power left fairly soon afterwards and Gallagher moved the company to new quarters.[3] Gallagher remains the president and publisher of the firm she created with the goal of bringing international art books to North American readers.[2][3] In 2011, Gallagher was one of 30 women leaders and artists honored at a gala at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, by ArtTable, an American association of professional women in the arts.[4]

Areas of activity

D.A.P. is primarily an exclusive distributor of art books and special editions from publishers, museums, and cultural institutions including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Walker Art Center, the Guggenheim Museum, Aperture, Hatje Cantz, JRP-Ringier, and Walther Koenig Publishers.[1] Since its founding, D.A.P. has offered over 12,000 titles in the areas of visual arts, architecture, design, art theory and criticism, and visual culture.[1] Gallagher has also inaugurated a publishing program under which D.A.P. publishes or co-publishes art books and illustrated works of fiction.[3] One of the firm's publishing imprints is Metropolis Books, which focuses on urban design and architecture.[2]

In the mid 1990s, D.A.P. launched a website to sell books directly to consumers. In 2008, the web operation was named ARTBOOK (artbook.com).[5] ARTBOOK/D.A.P. also sells directly to the public through a bookstore located in MoMA P.S.1 and a showroom in Los Angeles, and at book fairs such as Frieze New York, Art Basel Miami, Los Angeles Art Book Fair, and Hong Kong International Art Fair.[1] The firm usually issues a catalog twice a year and keeps an active backlist available through the website.[3]

Recent publications and co-publications include Doug Aitken’s Idea of the West, a reprint of Otto Neurath's The Language of the Global Polis, and Robert Rauschenberg's Photographs.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "About D.A.P. / Distributed Art Publishers", ARTBOOK website, March 10, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "The Future of Art Book Publishing - Margaret Chace, Paul Chan, Sharon Gallagher, Chul R. Kim, Arezoo Moseni". New York Public Library website, Feb. 12, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Ward, Sue. "Sharon Gallagher, DAP (Distributed Art Publishers) New York City, Talks to Sue Ward". The Art Book, vol. 10, no. 2 (March 2003), p. 62.
  4. Brown, Luke. "ARTBOOK | D.A.P. President and Publisher Honored in List of Top 30 Women in the Arts". ARTBOOK website, April 20, 2011.
  5. Artbook & D.A.P. / Distributed Art Publishers Store Profile. Apartment Therapy website.

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