Last week, the IFPDA hosted their annual Print Fair from November 4-8, 2015. A total of 89 internationally renowned dealers and publishers presented works at the popular arts show. Famous artists were represented from over 500 years of art, including Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Jackson Pollock. American woodcuts and linocuts, European etchings and engravings, Japanese prints and more were offered, in a price range from under $1000 to over $1 million.
The International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) is a renowned organization that fosters the appreciation of fine prints. Every year, they host the Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory not simply to sell museum-quality prints, but to educate the public on art collecting and art history. The Print Fair is always part of a larger Print Week, which is a collaboration between the IFPDA and hundreds of galleries and museums around town to feature special exhibitions, lectures, gallery talks and more. All are welcome to events, which this year included the New York International Miniature Print Exhibition at the Manhattan Graphics Center, the exhibition “About Face: Human Expression on Paper” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Frank Stella retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the “How Posters Work” exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. At the Print Fair itself, conversations with artists and curators were on the list of events, as were curator- and printmaker-led tours of the show.
Missed the fair? Here are some of the highlights.
The Scream (After Munch) by Andy Warhol, 1984
A unique variant silkscreen, this 40-inch high work was created after Edvard Munch’s famous painting of The Scream in 1895. Warhol experimented with color and silkscreen, using the faces of famous people as his subjects (Marilyn Monroe is perhaps his best known work of this kind). In total, according to Mary Ryan Gallery, Warhol made about 30 unique variant silkscreens of The Scream, with a wide range of color palettes.
Nature 2 by Juulian Opie, 2015
This series of six lenticular acrylic panels was presented in brushed aluminum frames specified by the artist. Almost leaving the viewer cross-eyed, these types of art are the kind that change picture as you move. As you walk by, the sheep in the top right panel seem to walk across the canvas with you. This was one of the more unique works, offered at the Alan Cristea Gallery from London. In an edition of 20, the overall dimensions was 24.5 x 24.5 inches. The series was priced at $38,250.
The Descent from the Cross: The Second Plate by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633
An etching and burin, this is a very fine etching superbly defined in the dark shading at the lower edges of the piece. Representing the 13th station of the cross, Rembrandt’s depiction of the deposition of Jesus is a portrait of sadness and full-bodied emotion. With a crowd of on-lookers (not shown in this picture) of poor and rich alike, the lifeless body of Christ seemingly defeated is carefully pulled down from the cross. This print shows off Rembrandt’s technical expertise, looking more like a painting than an actual print. In fact, the print was likely based off of a painting currently in Munich.
Portrait of Francoise with Glowing Hair by Pablo Picasso, 1947
An original brush-drawn aquatint with open-bite etching and drypoint in black ink, this Picasso is a bit more traditional than many of his other works but quintessentially his own work. The William Weston Gallery in London described this piece as “probably the greatest and most beautiful portrait of Francoise in the medium of aquatint. It underlines Picasso’s complete mastery of every nuance of texture, tone and light that can be created in etching, and also epitomises the calmness and unusual poetry of Picasso’s art at the height of his association with Francoise.” The work was offered for $100,000.
Santa Fe Monoprints by Anthony Frost, 2014
An artist who has exhibited for over 20 years now, Frost’s most recent Santa Fe series was on view at the Print Fair this year. Featuring some of the most brilliant colors to be seen at the fair, these monoprints were Pollock-esque in their execution, with slashes, circles, dots and drops of paint across the small canvases. Heavily woodblocked and nicely textured, these would be fun pieces for any living room wall. Individual framed pieces were offered by Advanced Graphics London for $2250 each.
Untitled by Jackson Pollock, 1951
Like most of Pollock’s works, this one remains untitled and was created in 1951. A screenprint measuring 16 x 22 inches, this is one of six extremely rare prints created after Pollock’s black enamel paintings from the same year. Most well-known for his drip paintings, these screenprints feature the same spontaneous quality as his paintings but are a rarely seen and overlooked practice of his. The collection of six were offered by Childs Gallery.