Friday, October 5, 2012

This Season at the Printshop!

Top to bottom: Master Printer Erik Hougen; Artist Shanti Grumbine with her artwork; Keyholder Kymia Nawabi rehearsing her elevator speech with guest speaker Ela Troyano.

Season's News

We are so pleased to announce the publication of four new editions by the acclaimed artist Sebastiaan Bremer. The suite To Joy was inspired by Schiller's Ode To Joy. Bremer used his 1972 family vacation photographs, enhanced digitally, with hand painting and collage, to create an atmosphere of profound peace and optimism.

Publishing collaborations are continuing with Alison Elizabeth Taylor and Hank Willis Thomas. We are excited to announce that Heide Fasnacht and Dasha Shishkin have just begun residencies this summer. We are grateful to work with such innovative artists and look forward to sharing their projects with you.

Joell Baxter, Steven Millar, and Jonggeon Lee--our Special Editions Residents--have spent the spring and summer exploring printmaking and extending their artistic visions. Stay tuned, we will launch their new editions next Spring!

So many contract projects, large and small, are keeping our Master Printers and Studio Assistants very busy this season. So much so that Printer Keigo Takahashi has joined our team. Recent projects include two suites of etchings by Mark Bradford, to be featured in his show at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. this fall; a large series of screenprints by Thomas Dozol for his show at Jack Hanley Gallery; a suite of screenprints with carborundum by Hank Willis Thomas for his upcoming show at Jack Shainman Gallery; and single editions for Demetrius Oliver and Aaron Krach.

Announcing the new Keyholder Residents: Megan Berk, Rebecca Bird, Gisela Insuaste, and Charles Koegel will be welcomed to the studio this month!

Special thanks to the Keyholder selection panelists: Boshko Boskovic, Program Director, Residency Unlimited; Kalia Brooks, Independent Curator; Jayson Keeling, Artist; Lanka Tattersall, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting & Sculpture, MoMA; and Dan Walsh, Artist.

We had a fantastic turnout at the reception for Read Between the Lines, guest curated by Micaela Giovannotti, an independent art curator and critic. The show is on view at the Printshop through November 4, so stop by for a visit.

Join us at the opening reception of IPCNY's fall show on Tuesday, October 30, 6-8 pm, featuring two prints by Jennie C. Jones made during her Special Editions Residency last year.

Visit us at the Editions/Artists' Book Fair, November 1 - 4, at the former Dia and X building, 548 West 22nd Street. It's free and is the premiere showcase for the coolest contemporary artists, collectives, printers, and publishers! We will feature major new works all published by the Printshop in 2012, including Sebastiaan Bremer's To Joy.

Contemporary African American Printmakers at Nazareth College Art Center Gallery, Rochester, presented by Deborah Ronnen Fine Art, will be on view November 9 - December 21. It will feature our projects with Jennie C. Jones and Dread Scott, alongside Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, and Hank Willis Thomas, among others.

Upcoming this Spring, we are so excited to welcome artist and art critic Julian Kreimer as the guest curator for the group exhibition.

Look up our fall/winter class schedule, and find the class for you! We welcome studio tours before registration.

The next Internship application deadline is November 15 for the spring semester (January - May). Interns assist the printers with all aspects of collaborations with resident artists.
We are continuing our Salon program for Keyholders in residence and Edwin Ramoran, Curator at Large, Bronx Council on the Arts, will lead as guest speaker this month.

Stay tuned for our upcoming Career Development Workshop series. We will welcome artist Sebastiaan Bremer in January to address How to Emerge. Later in the year we will have a discussion on prints in the market; and we will welcome critic, educator, and curator Sarah Schmerler for a workshop on Writing for Artists.

Find the Printshop on! is a cool new online platform where one can discover, learn about, and collect art. It features works from leading galleries, museums, private collections, and artist estates. We are excited to provide our artists with another great platform to promote their work. The site goes public next month and is for members only until then. If you are not an member, email us at and we can send you an invite!

Gift cards
The Printshop's gift cards can be used towards any purchase of our goods and services, including Gift Shop inventory, artwork, classes, studio time, and contract printing service. Gifts in the amounts of $50, $100, $250, and $500 are available from our website. Any and ALL other amounts can be purchased by visiting the Printshop. Funds can be used incrementally, and cards can be re-filled.
       Thank you for reading. We look forward to seeing you often this season!

Lower East Side Printshop's  programs have been supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Private supporters have included: Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Greenwall Foundation, Jerome Foundation, New York Community Trust - Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, PECO Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and our generous patrons and members.     
Special thanks to our Sponsors and Patrons:
Akua Water-based Inks, Laura and Lloyd Blankfein, Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn and Gary Cohn, Deutsche Bank, Peter Ezersky, Susan and Eddie Falk, Courtney Finch Taylor, Michael and Laura Fisch, Charlotte Ford, Cheri Friedman, ICAP / John Nixon, Martin and Shelley Kaufman, John B. Koegel, Esq., Stacey and Curtis Lane, Stacy and John Louizos, Jill and Thomas Marino, Newmark Knight Frank/Jeffrey Gural, Jane Nixon, Andrew Charles Porter, Carla and Tim Porter, Jane Dresner Sadaka and Ned Sadaka, Mary and David Solomon, Cristin Tierney Gallery, and Volusion, Inc.
We thank our volunteers, friends, and members for their dedication, support, and generosity.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Season's News

Hong Seon Jang, Jennie C. Jones, and Alison Elizabeth Taylor in the studio this winter.

We are tremendously grateful to all of our donors, artists, art enthusiasts, and collectors who participated in the Printshop Benefit on February 29th, supporting our artists and honoring Enoc Perez!

Joell Baxter, Steven Millar, and Jonggeon Lee--our new Special Editions Residency recipients are at the start of a creative journey! With their initial sessions in the studio with our Master Printer duo Erik Hougen and James Miller, they begin to explore and experiment with printmaking. Stay tuned for updates on their progress.

The selection panel that awarded them did an amazing job: Petrushka Bazin, Program Manager, The Laundromat Project; Jennie C. Jones, Artist and former Special Editions Resident; Christopher Y. Lew, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1; Kelly Pajek, Deputy Director, Percent for Art, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. 

Congratulations to the 2011 Special Editions Residents Jennie C. Jones, David Kramer, Darina Karpov, and Hong Seon Jang on successfully completing their projects! They are featured, hot off the press, in the current exhibition (more below).

We are continuing our Publishing collaborations with Sebastiaan Bremer, Kate Shepherd, and Alison Elizabeth Taylor, which are developing into exceptional projects. We are excited to announce that Hank Willis Thomas will be next to start a Publishing residency this year and we are thrilled to continue our relationship with this innovative artist. We look forward to sharing these artists' projects with you later in the year.

We are excited and grateful to be working on a large project for the amazing Mark Bradford,commissioned by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Gallery. Other projects, large and small, are also keeping our Master Printers busy.

Announcing the Spring 2012 Keyholder Residents: Firelei Báez, Florine Demosthene, Stella Ebner, Daniele Genadry, and Kymia Nawabi are at the start of their residencies!

Special thanks to the selection panelists: Marina Anonca, 10 Grand Press; Bridget Donlon, Program Manager, Dieu Donné; Ethan Green, Artist and former Keyholder Resident; Shani Peters, Artist and former Keyholder Resident; and Megan Skidmore, Managing Director, Artelier, LLC.

Editions '12 features major new works by Enoc Perez, Jennie C. Jones, David Kramer, Darina Karpov, and Hong Seon Jang all published by the Printshop in 2011/12. The exhibition and catalogue, with an essay by Roberta Waddell, renowned print expert and  former curator at the New York Public Library, will be on view through July 8.

Look up our spring/summer class schedule, and find the class for you!

Stay tuned for our upcoming Career Development Workshop on Tuesday, July 17 with Ela Troyano. A recent program highlight was the stimulating talk on copyright and fair usage with Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Thank you for reading. We look forward to welcoming you often this season!

Priscila De Carvalho, When Moonlight Overwhelms the Stars, 2011, diptych, screenprint, acrylic, and hand painting, 20" x 58" each sheet