Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sneak Preview........Printshop Benefit 2010

We just got the last batch of works for the Benefit back from the framer and they look amazing! The invites came yesterday and the office is a whirlwind of color and activity. I just wanted to share a quick sneak peek of what we have to look forward to at the gala. Below are two pieces to keep an eye on, in my humble opinion.

Emilio Perez. No Bones, 200. Color pencil and watercolor on paper. 

Joe Fig. Pollock (Jackson Pollock 1950) #2, 2002. C-print. 

You can also catch a glimpse of Emilio Perez's new paintings when his solo exhibition at Galerie Lelong opens on February 11, 2010. And if you are out and about grab a copy of Joe Fig's new book Inside the Painter's Studio which was just published by Princeton Architectural Press. 


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Looking Back

In the spirit of the new year I thought it might be nice to look back on some of the great prints that were on view in New York in 2009. Ranging from the confessional to the political the world of modern and contemporary printmaking certainly made an impression. Artists and print shops created new awe inspiring work, while museum and galleries took the time to show us that a blast from the past can also be a breath of fresh air. Here are four inspiring presentations from 2009 - artists to keep in the back of your mind as we move forward into the new year.
Sister Corita Kent
Zach Feuer Gallery
October 23 – December 5, 2009 

Sister Corita incorporated fragments of slogans, advertising jingles, pop songs, newspapers and
magazines into her work, mixing images of the Vietnam War with the color and expression of iconic images like the Wonder Bread logo. An activist and artist, Sister Corita's work illustrates printmaking's inherent relationship to social expression and change.

Tracey Emin, Only God Knows I'm Good 
Lehmann Maupin
November 5- December 19, 2009

Tracey Emin's monoprints betray her hastily scrawled thoughts and their abundance echoes the labor of love and generosity that goes into her work. Mining her own life and experiences for the content of her work, Emin's prints betray a softer, subtler side of the artist. Filled with imagery of nudity and copulation, the prints do not shock, but rather evoke the artist's willingness to let her failure out in the world alongside her success.

Paper: Pressed, Stained, Slashed, Folded
March 11 - June 22, 2009

Focusing on artwork made in the 1960's and 70's this exhibition emphasized an interest in utilizing everyday materials in combination with non traditional processes. Dieter Roth's print (pictured above), illustrates the experimental nature of the printmaking process, combining pressed sausage and collage to create a dynamic layered composition. Using paper as both a material and a medium artists within this exhibition highlight drawing and printmaking's ability to mutate and adapt within different artist's hands. Robert Rauschenberg's print below is another amazing example.

Roni Horn aka Roni Horn
November 6 - January 24, 2009

Roni Horn's practice encompasses a wide variety of processes and materials. Horn uses material with remarkable sensitivity, changing her medium and process to create a specific and unique relationship between her subject and its eventual object. Her prints utilize drawing, photography and text, playing with and on our relationship to landscape.