multilayered: New prints 2018/Summer
Selected by juan Sánchez

June 26 – September 22, 2018
Reception: Thursday, June 28 at 6pm


Selected images:

IPCNY is pleased to present the fifty-eighth presentation of its New Prints Program, a biannual, juried open call for prints and print-based work created in the preceding twelve months. Titled Multilayered, the exhibition was selected by Juan Sánchez, one of the most significant artists of the Nuyorican cultural movement. As a multimedia artist with an activist stance, Sánchez draws on symbols, images, and texts from popular and traditional culture to explore questions of ethnic and national identity. Sánchez dedicates this exhibition to Sam Coronado (1946 – 2013), a printmaker, activist, and educator who dedicated his life to the Latinx arts community. 

The 43 prints and print-based works on view in Multilayered reflect Sánchez’s interest in new narratives for an increasingly hybridized cultural world. Many of the artists skillfully deploy traditional printmaking techniques, including lithography, etching, woodcut, and screenprints, to create enigmatic characters and complex scenes, while others use prints as the basis for expansive installations. In this exhibition, Sánchez also places particular emphasis on hand-made artist books, many of which overtly address current social and political themes. The artists on view also display a particular propensity towards experimenting with mediums, combining traditional commercial materials with a great variety of handmade papers, and adding embroidery, gold leaf, and even mushroom spores to their prints.


Richard Armendariz, Stephen Barnwell, Ana Benaroya, Elizabeth Bennett, David Bligh, Leonie Bradley & Catherine Cartwright, Mary Sherwood Brock, Danqi Cai, Helen Cantrell, Mehdi Dandi, Pamela DeLaura, Madge Evers, Sandra C. Fernandez, Enrique Figueredo, Ke Francis, Jenny Freestone, Kyle Goen, Paul Hunter, Ellen Coleman Izzo, KaKeArt (Ann Kalmbach & Tatana Kellner), Morteza Khakshoor, Ewelina Kolakowska, Natalia Kwiatkowska, Monty Little, Luciana Maiorana, Atefeh Mohareri, Elena Monaco, Shervone Neckles, Madhini Nirmal, Emma Nishimura, Lucy Plowe, Agung Prabowo, Elly Prestegård, Karen J. Revis, Jeanine Coupe Ryding, Carolyn Sheehan, Kathia L. St. Hilaire, Sean Steed, Sajeev Vadakoottu Visweswaran, Dominique Vitali, David Wischer, and Jayoung Yoon.

Publishers & Presses

Antarctica Arts, Flatbed Press, Hoopsnake Press, Same Same Press, sfernandez Press & Taller, Shadow Press, Stamperia I Torchi, Studio Sherwood, and Women's Studio Workshop 

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About the Juror

Juan Sánchez

Juan Sánchez is an influential American artist, and one of the most important Nuyorican cultural figures of the latter 20th century. Maintaining an activist stance for over 35 years, he continues to align himself with populist concerns, rather than those of the art world elite.

Painter, photographer, printmaker, and video artist Juan Sánchez was born to immigrant working-class Puerto Rican parents in Brooklyn, New York. He is part of a generation of artists-such as Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Pepón Osorio, and Papo Colo-who in the 1980s and '90s explored questions of ethnic, racial, and national identity in their work.

Among numerous group exhibitions in national and international gallery and museum venues in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Africa, Sánchez had solo exhibitions at BRIC Arts/Media House, P.S.1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center, El Museo del Barrio, Exit Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, the 5th Havana Biennale, and El Museo de Historia, Antropologia y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico. Among several permanent collections, his art is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, El Museo del Barrio, and The Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

Sánchez has been awarded grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sánchez earned a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art and a MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University. He is Professor of Art at Hunter, CUNY and is on the Executive Board of the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

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