The IFPDA Print Fair, now in its 23rd season, has returned to the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street this weekend.
Displaying hundreds of fine prints spanning five centuries’ worth of art, the Print Fair is a favorite every season. The fair is the crowning event of New York’s Fine Print Week, which began on November 3 and featured museum exhibitions, gallery talks and discussions, auction sales, and more.
Galleries that will be presenting their prints this year include Susan Sheehan Gallery, Armstrong Fine Art, Pace Gallery, Marlborough Galleries, David Tunick, Inc. and more. Over 10,000 artworks are on sale!
In addition to centuries-old prints from celebrated master artists like Rembrandt and Durer, contemporary art will also be offered at the Armory this weekend. According to the press release, “Paragon (London) has just published a new series of polymer-gravure block prints by Leda Catunda entitled Projeto Night Club. Neils Borch Jensen (Copenhagen) will offer new projects by Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson, Carsten Holler and Julie Mehretu. Universal Limited Art Editions (Bay Shore, NY) will showcase new editions by Jasper Johns, Christopher Wool and Jennie C. Jones. Flowers (London/New York) will exhibit prints by gallery artists Glen Baxter, Derek Boshier, Nicola Green, and Patrick Hughes. Carolina Nitsch (New York) has new projects in the works with Carrie Mae Weems and Tracey Emin.”
The Print Fair is a great way for both young collectors and seasoned curators alike to discover some incredible works of art in the same space. Curator Marilyn Symmes of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, loves coming to the fair every year: “Professionally, the New York Print Fair provides a multitude of opportunities to look at comparative prints that are in our museum collection, or to study prints that we want to pursue for the museum’s collection (or wish list of acquisitions).”
Lyle Williams, curator at McNay Art Museum in San xAntion, agrees with Symmes and believes that print shows are some of the best venues for a young collector to get his start at: “Many of the best collections I know have developed because of a solid relationship or even friendship between collector and dealer. A young collector attending the IFPDA has the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the most distinguished print dealers in the world; they can begin to develop these necessary relationships, even if they don’t buy something right off the bat. I have found that there is something about print people that makes them very approachable and willing to share their passion for the graphic arts. That is nowhere more evident than at the fair.”
Here is our wish list from this year’s fair:
- Mariana VI, by Manolo Valdes, 2008. Etching with collage. A black and white etching with spurts of colorful tie-dye in strategic positions, this artwork of a Spanish princess is one of the most unique pieces on display in the Park Avenue Armory. From thick black coloring to thin lines, this work is prominently displayed by Marlborough Galleries – and rightly so. Don’t miss this creative work of art!
- Tourists by Julian Opie, 2014. Some of the newest works of art for sale at the Armory are this display of prints of tourists. Screenprints with hand painting, these works individually feature the typical tourist from any city – the girl with a ponytail, the guy staring at his phone, the lady with the fancy watch, the girl with the fancy blouse. Running at $7650 a piece, two of the six prints on display were already sold via Alan Christea Gallery by the beginning of the fair.
- The Life of the Virgin by Albrecht Durer, 1510. Some of the oldest items on display at the fair this weekend, these Durer prints are some of his most popular and bestselling. This four-piece set includes The Glorification of the Virgin, The Visitation, and Christ Taking Leave of His Mother. The quality of these prints are simply stunning and well worth the second glance. These were on display by Daniela Laube Fine Art.
- Duplex Etching: Yellow, Orange by Ian Davenport, 2014. Another recent work, this etching is one of the most colorful pieces in the hall this weekend. This $7000 work of art is simply a line of colors that ends in a congealing of paint, but it is nonetheless intriguing and would look great in anyone’s living room. Alan Christean Gallery was also responsible for this piece, a gem of a find while wandering the halls.
Ninety art dealers from around the globe have fine prints on view this weekend. The fair will remain open through Sunday, November 9. Admission is $20 and includes art catalogs and magazines. Can’t make it to the fair this weekend? Shop online instead. Artsy has all the prints online, plus curator selections and articles.