About ABC Art Books Canada

ABC Art Books Canada is an independently owned company specializing in the distribution of publications produced by Canadian art institutions. Founded in 1997 by professionals from both the book industry and the visual arts, ABC brings a rare dual expertise to a very specific kind of book.

ABC operates internationally. We ship Canadian orders from Canada, American orders from the United States, and European orders from the United Kingdom. As well as promoting and selling to all concerned retail outlets, we solicit libraries according to their collections and museum shops according to their exhibitions. We also engage in comprehensive data exchange with major books wholesalers, library suppliers and online retail sites.

ABC does much more than solicit and fill orders: we are engaged from the announcement of a new publication. Working with information provided by the publisher, we prepare the entire presentation for each publication, including abstracts, biographies, and primary and secondary images. It is these presentations that we send to customers around the world through data exchange, review copies and catalogues.

And we promote each exhibition catalogue under its publisher's name, meaning the museums and galleries we work with are internationally recognized art publishers.

By specializing in publications produced by Canadian organizations, ABC has developed a large and coherent selection related by thematic, artist and author. Customers looking for one book on an artist or subject will necessarily find others. Our selection of publications on Canadian Aboriginal art and artists, for example, is unparalleled.

Our customers include the world's most prestigious museum shops and stores, as well as university libraries, corporate libraries, national libraries and museum libraries at home and abroad: Museum Of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, and more.

We invite Canadian arts organizations with publication programs to contact us.

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