Your Guide to New York Print Week 2016
It's all about prints in New York this week.
It’s November in New York, and that means it’s time for New York Print Week and its tent-pole event, the International Fine Print Dealers Association‘s International Art Fair for Prints and Editions. In anticipation of the week’s offerings, we’ve put together a slideshow of some of the works you’ll have a chance to take home from the main event, and a guide to the many fairs and exhibitions on view for the occasion.
1. International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory
See over 500 years of prints under one roof at the IFPDA fair, where you can pick up Old Masters by Rembrandt and Goya alongside prints by post-war greats such as Robert Rauschenberg and Ellsworth Kelly, as well as pieces by emerging artists and contemporary super stars like Anish Kapoor and Peter Doig.
Expect highlights to include new editions from Beatriz Milhazes at Pennsylvania’s Durham Press, prints from contemporary Japanese artist Shiko Munakata’s “The Ten Great Disciples of Sakyamuni” series at Cleveland’s Verne Collection, John Baldessari’s “Madame Cezanne’s Hairdos” at New York’s Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, and a new series inspired by the 2015 Paul Cézanne exhibition of portraits of the artist’s wife at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Date and time: Thursday, November 3–Saturday, November 5, 2016, 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 6, 2016, 12:00 p.m.–6: 00 p.m.
Location: Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue
2. Editions/Artists’ Book Fair at the Tunnel
Featuring over 40 exhibitors from the US, Europe, and South Africa, this year’s edition of the E/AB Fair is guest-curated by Joe Amrhein of Brooklyn’s Pierogi Gallery. Founded in 1998 and now run by the Lower East Side Printshop, the fair offers a wide selection of contemporary prints, multiples, and artists’ books.
Expect to see works by the likes of Damien Hirst, John Baldessari, Julie Mehretu, Lynda Benglis, Nicole Eisenman, Derrick Adams, and Latoya Ruby Frazier. Two benefit prints by Philip Taaffe are also being sold in editions of 30 to offset the fair’s free admission.
Date and time: Thursday, November 3, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday November 3 and 4, 11:00 a.m.–7:00p.m.; Sunday, November 5, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: The Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue (between 27th and 28th Streets)
Price: $25 for opening reception/free
3. Self Publisher Invitational Exhibition and Fair at Rogue Space
A new edition to Print Week, SPI bills itself as the “first ever gathering of some of the world’s top self-publishing printmakers” during the annual event. It hopes to provide international audience for its participating artists, such as the self-described “low-tech” print masters the Amazing Hancock Bros. and White Wings Press founder and 20-year printmaking veteran Teresa James.
Date and time: Thursday, November 3, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.; Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 6, 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Location: Rogue Space, 508 West 26th Street
4. New York Satellite Print Fair at the Bohemian National Hall
Head to the Upper East Side for this small print fair, featuring 14 dealers, now in it’s fourth edition. Expect work by master American printmakers such as John Steuart Curry from Stone M Lee Fine Prints of San Jose, California, and European etchings at KADS New York, among other selections.
Date and time: Friday, November 4, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday, November 5, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
5. Buy the Book Fair at Central Booking
With 11 exhibitors from around the world, the Buy the Book Fair features print-derived bookwork from over 160 international artists. This year’s offerings come from the likes of the Iowa Foil Printing Workshop, an exhibition of work by Australian Printmakers curated by Julie Barratt, and Hugh Bryden of Scotland.
Date and time: November 4, 6:00 pm–November 6, 6:00 pm
Location: Central Booking 21 Ludlow Street
MFA students and BFA seniors from 16 schools come together to exhibit, sell, and even trade their prints in this three-day event organized by the International Print Center New York. Among the participating institutions are the New Shcool’s Parsons School of Design, the New York Academy f Art, and the Fashion Insititute of Technology, all in New York, as well as the Rhode Island School of Design. Programming will include a demonstration by Bill Fick, a printmaker, author, and director of Supergraphic Print Lab in Durham, North Carolina.
Date and time: Thursday, November 3, 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Friday, November 4, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 5, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: 524 W 26th St, first floor
7. Prints Gone Wild at Littlefield NYC
Now in its tenth edition, this “truly mega-hair, shockingly affordable” Brooklyn-based fair promises visitors “a raging troop of int’l alpha-artists exhibiting, fling’sn and selling their prints.”
Date and time: Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.
Location: Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn
8. “Black Pulp!” at the International Print Center New York
Kerry James Marshall, Pope.L, and Alexandria Smith are among the 21 black artists in “Black Pulp!” The exhibition features everything from graphic novels and magazine covers to etchings and digital prints in its effort to examine perspectives on black identity between the years 1912 and 2016.
Date and time: Saturday, October 1–Saturday, December 3, 2016; Tuesday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Location: International Print Center New York , 508 West 26th Street, 5th floor
9. “A Curious Hand: The Prints of Henri Charles Guerard (1846–1897)” at the New York Public Library
The New York Public Library presents highlights from its Henri-Charles Guérard collection, the largest of the artist’s work in country. The engraving created works using a number of different print techniques, including woodcuts inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e prints.
Date and time: Wednesday, November 2, 2016–Sunday, February 26,2017; Sunday, 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Monday, Thursday–Saturday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Location: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
10. “Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant: Works from New York Collections” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Check out nearly 100 works on paper by French 18th-century artist Jean Honoré Fragonard in this exhibition, which considers drawing not just as a preparatory stage, but as an art form in its own right.
Date and time: Thursday, October 6, 2016–Sunday, January 8, 2017; Sunday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Location: Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Avenue
Price: Suggested admission $25
11. “2nd New York International Miniature Print Exhibition” at the Manhattan Graphics Center
This juried competition will hand out prizes to the best miniature prints created by 222 artists from 34 counties. From the over 600 entries, 124 works are included in the exhibition. The opening reception is Saturday, November 5, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Date and time: Thursday, November 4–Saturday, December 17, 2017;11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Manhattan Graphics Center, 250 West 40th Street, 5th Floor
12. “You Say You Want a Revolution: American Artists and the Communist Party” at Galerie St. Etienne
More than 60 works, including lithographs, woodcuts, posters, and drawings, are featured in this exhibition exploring the relationship between American artists and politics in the 1930s and ’40s. Highlights include three works by Stuart Davis and an oil painting by Alice Neel, a member of the Communist Party.
Date and time: Tuesday, October 18, 2016–Saturday, February 11, 2017; Tuesday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Galerie St. Etienne, 24 West 57th Street
13. “The Art of Politics or Politics in Art” at the Old Print Shop
Timed to the impending presidential election,the Old Print Shop teams up with Boston Rare Maps to take a close look at our country’s political history, as illustrated by printed images.
Date and time: Saturday, October 1–Saturday, November 12, 2016; Tuesday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: the Old Print Shop, 150 Lexington Avenue
14. “Fragile Beasts” at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Predating today’s intricately illustrated adult coloring book craze by several hundred years, these sixteenth- and seventeeth-century prints and drawings of ornamental designs incorporate fantastical animals in their densely detailed depths.
Date and time: Friday, June 10, 2016–Monday, January 16, 2017; Sunday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Location: The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street
Price: $16 general admission/$10 senior/$7 student/free for children 18 and under
15. “New Editions” at Pace Prints
The latest batch of editions published by Pace Prints, on view at the East Side gallery, includes work by Chuck Close, Jenny Holzer,Shahzia Sikander, and other artists. There will be a free breakfast, open to the public, honoring participants on Friday, November 4, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Date and time: Wednesday, October 26–Saturday, December 17, 2016; Tuesday–Friday 9:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Pace Prints, 32 East 57th Street, 3rd Floor
16. “French Comics Framed” at the Cooper Union Foundation Building
It’s your last chance to catch this month-long celebration of Franco-Belgian comics art, tracing the history of the form through such classics as Hergé, creator of Tintin, as well as contemporary artists including Pénélope Bagieu and Julie Maroh, author of the graphic novel Blue is the Warmest Color (adapted into the award-winning film of the same name).
Date and time: Tuesday, September 27–Saturday, November 5, 2016
Location: Cooper Union Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street
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