All You Need to Know About New York Print Week
All the hottest artists' prints come to New York.
Print Week comes to New York this week, with a jam-packed schedule of fairs, exhibitions, lectures, and other events. Luckily, artnet News is here to provide you the lowdown on the week’s most important happenings.
International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Print Fair
The IFPDA event, founded in 1991, is the linchpin of New York Print Week, featuring 90 of the organization’s member dealers and galleries. Exhibitors will provide a comprehensive range of nearly six centuries’ worth of prints, with early woodcuts displayed alongside engravings, etchings, and innovative contemporary work. The selection of blue chip printmakers on display will include some of today’s most famous artists, such as Damien Hirst and Ed Ruscha, as well as historic masters such as Rembrandt and Mary Cassatt. Prints to look forward to include Joseph Mallord William Turner’s Whitby, Mezzotint on Steel, an 1826 proof bearing the artist’s handwritten directions for the engraver, presented by Gerrish Fine Art, London.
Editions/Artists’ Book Fair, at Art Beam
Returning this year after a Hurricane Sandy-induced absence, the 16th Editions edition is curated by Art in America contributing editor Faye Hirsch. The free event is presented by the Lower East Side Printshop. Signed works by such bold-faced names as William Kentridge, Jeff Koons, Kiki Smith, and Louise Bourgeois will be available for purchase from the fair’s more than 45 national and international dealers. As always, the fair has commissioned an artist to create an original print to be sold to benefit the annual event. Puerto Rican-born artist Enoc Perez contributes this year’s benefit print—a purple, white, and gray screenprint titled Fontainebleau, Miami.
New York Satellite Print Fair, at Bohemian National Hall
A relative newbie to the field, New York Satellite Print Fair returns to the city for its second edition, from November 7–9. While Editions was on hiatus in 2013, Satellite stepped into the breach, offering a welcome alternative to the IFPDA mainstay. With only 13 exhibitors listed on the event website, Satellite promises to be an intimate “boutique-style” affair. Offerings will range from antique prints from Old Masters to Japanese prints and contemporary pieces. Ernest S. Kramer Fine Arts & Prints of Wellesley, Massachusetts, will be on hand with works from Sweden’s Anders Zorn, while R.E. Lewis & Daughter of San Rafael, California, will feature work by everyone from Albrecht Dürer and Francisco Goya to Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.
Buy the Book Fair, at Central Booking
In addition to the main event on the Upper East Side, IFPDA is also the driving force behind Central Booking’s Buy the Book Fair. The Lower East Side gallery will play host to 14 exhibitors, including both local organizations such as the Center for Book Arts and Fuse Works/Sock Monkey Press, and international ones, such as London’s Eagle Gallery/EMH Arts and Berlin’s Max Marek. Although the event will be small, a series of demonstrations, discussions, and print performances, as well as the selection of both artists’ and print books, is sure to please.
Prints Gone Wild, at Littlefield NYC
November 7, 6 PM–1 AM
Billing itself as “New York’s original mega-hair alternative print fair,” Prints Gone Wild enters its eighth year, once again luring art lovers to Gowanus for a free, 21-and-over “rumble of US and Int’l cutting edge graphic artists.” Definitely the most off-beat of Print Week’s offerings, the about page for organizer Cannonball Press provides a recipe for successful print making with the final step being “throw Fine Art in the trash.”
International Print Center New York, reception and artist talks for “Somewheres & Nowheres: New Prints 2014/Autumn“
November 6, 6–9 PM
Featuring no fewer than 54 artists, “Somewheres & Nowheres,” IPCNY’s 49th juried exhibition, received over 4,000 submissions. Curator Nicola López selected a wide array of prints, featuring such varied techniques as relief, silkscreen, lithography, and intaglio.
Rawson Projects, opening for Clive Murphy and Aengus Woods’s “DIWIF (Demonic Interventions with IKEA Furniture)”
November 9, 6–8 PM
This exhibition accompanies the publication of the duo’s book of the same name, the latest of six books in Printed Matter‘s Emerging Artists Publication Series. The exhibition contains physical manifestations of the book’s illustrated diagrams of subversive, IKEA-like furniture, drawn by Murphy and accompanied by text from Woods, by turns both mocking and philosophical.
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