Pulled In Brooklyn


On view: April 4–June 15, 2019
Curated by: Roberta Waddell, Samantha Rippner, and consulting printer Luther Davis

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Co-curated by Roberta Waddell and Samantha Rippner, in consultation with Luther Davis, Pulled In Brooklyn was the first in-depth exploration of the vibrant network of artists, printers, and workshops that has developed and flourished in Brooklyn since the early 1990s. This monumental exhibition was also IPCNY’s first to occupy two adjacent spaces, more than doubling the scale of our previous presentations. The archived webpage features videos at several of the printshops along with close looks at the shops through a digital directory.

Presses & Publishers: 10 Grand Press, Afternoon Editions, Axelle Editions, Cannonball Press, Deb Chaney Editions, Dieu Donné, Dobbin Books, Fine Art Printing, Ltd., Forth Estate Editions, Haven Press Studio, Jennifer Melby Editions, Jungle Press Editions, Kayrock Screenprinting, Keigo Prints, Line Press Limited, Marginal Editions, Peter Kruty Editions, Powerhouse Arts Printshop (formerly BRT Printshop), Prints of Darkness, Purgatory Pie Press, Russell Janis, Shoestring Press, Small Editions, Takuji Hamanaka, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Watanabe Studio Ltd.

Artists: Matthew Abbott, Michael Adams, Reed Anderson, Rosaire Appel, Donald Baechler, Glen Baldridge, Brian Belott, Anders Bergstrom, Mel Bochner, Matt Bollinger, András Böröcz in collaboration with Robbin Ami Silverberg, Tom Burckhardt, Brendan Cass, Lauren Clay, Ian Cooper, Lesley Dill, Alex Dodge, Angela Dufresne, Nicole Eisenman, Jonathan Fabricant, Elise Ferguson, Dan Flanagan, Rachel Foullon, Chie Fueki, Ellie Ga, Ellen Gallagher, Ignacio Gatica, Ava Gerber, Robert Gober, Joanne Greenbaum, Jennifer Grimyser, Justin Hager, Anna Haifisch, Michael Hambouz, Susan Happersett, Erik Hougen, Peter Hristoff, Jacqueline Humphries, Matthew Day Jackson, Butt Johnson, Dion Johnson, William Kaizen, Raeleen Kao, Matt Keegan, Shelagh Keeley, Eliza Kentridge, Andrew Kuo, Alix Lambert, Robert Lazzarini, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Sol LeWitt, Nicola López, Mikhail Magaril, Tim Maul, Kristen Martincic, Florian Meisenberg, Douglas Melini, Sean Mellyn, Michael Merck, Melissa Meyer, Jill Moser, Carrie Moyer, Robert Moskowitz, Sophy Naess, Michael Neff, Brittany Nelson, John Newsom, Jeanine Oleson, Sheryl Oppenheim, Claudio Orso, Jaime Palacios, Joe Peppe, Mylene Pionilla, Hanneline Røgeberg, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Jackie Saccoccio, Keris Salmon, Katia Santibañez, Isabelle Schipper, Dana Schutz, Dread Scott, Jonathan Seliger, Joan Snyder, Andrew Spence, Art Spiegelman, Ruby Sky Stiler, Donald Sultan, Keigo Takahashi, Craig Taylor, JG Thirlwell, Nicola Tyson, Jess Underwood, Joseph Velasquez, Charline von Heyl, Nathan Vincent, Kara Walker, Dan Walsh, Ouattara Watts, Mark Wagner, Michelle Weinberg, and Andy Yoder.  

Edge of Visibility


On view: October 4–December 19, 2018
Curated by Susan Tallman
in partnership with Art in Print

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Edge of Visibility, curated in conjunction with the September-October issue of the journal Art in Print by its editor-in-chief Susan Tallman, focuses on low-visibility strategies in printmaking.  With over forty works spanning the 17th century to the present, the exhibition features laborious microengravings and subtle watermarks to evanescent images printed with UV-reactive inks.

Artists: Fiona Banner, Barbara Bloom, Jacques Callot, Megan Foster, Levi David van Gelder, Samuel Levi Jones, William Kentridge, Matthew Kenyon & Douglas Easterly, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Boris Margo, Kerry James Marshall, Chris Ofili, Philippe Parreno, William Pratt, Johann Michael Püchler, Walid Raad, Ad Reinhardt, Art Spiegelman & Françoise Mouly, Timorous Beasties (Alistair McAuley & Paul Simmons), and Susan York.

Press: The Guardian, The Art Newspaper, Widewalls, Untapped Cities, Gotham to Go

Susan Tallman’s Introductory Text:

Art is meant to be looked at. And yet for centuries artists have made art that is literally hard to see—too small, too dark, too intricate, too ephemeral. 

They have done so for many reasons: to hide things from prying eyes, or to reward those who stay; to tease the viewer by hinting, withholding and revealing in turns; to point out how certain things and people pass unnoticed; to call attention to what hovers just out of sight. As a remedy and a pleasure, they invite us to slow down and look. 

The twenty-four artists in this exhibition span four centuries, from the 17th to the present. They have employed microcalligraphy and phosphorescent pigments, watermarks and inkless printing, opalescence and reflectivity. They have made pictures about ghosts, monsters, Blackness, whiteness, and the ultimate mysteries of art, sex and God. 

These are covert pictures. In most cases our first impressions will be wrong, and rightly so. Viewing is at the heart of this exercise—what it means to see, physically, metaphysically, socially and politically. 

The edge of visibility is an uncertain place. It takes time to get the picture. In that sense, it is exactly like the world itself.

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Curated by Susan Gosin and Mina Takahashi  

On view April 5 - June 14, 2018

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Paper/Print: American Hand Papermaking, 1960s to Today, traces the development of hand papermaking as an artistic medium in the United States, both in conjunction with printmaking and in its own right, with over 65 other artists who have made outstanding work in the medium, from the 1960s to today. Representing a multitude of artistic disciplines, the works demonstrate how artists, papermakers, and publishers have together redefined and expanded the inherent creative possibilities of the papermaking process. 

This focused exhibition is the first to trace the American hand-papermaking revolution as an outgrowth of the printmaking renaissance. It brings together the best, along with some of the rarest and lesser known examples, of two-dimensional works, artist books, and cast-paper multiples to spotlight the closely intertwined American stories of printmaking and papermaking in the contemporary period. Spanning more than fifty years, the exhibition will examine the transformation of paper from its traditional role as a substrate for prints to an active partner—and stand-alone medium—in the creation of editions and unique works by such groundbreaking artists of the 20th and 21st century as Mel Bochner, Lynda Benglis, Chakaia Booker, Lesley Dill, Leonardo Drew, David Hockney, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Richard Tuttle, to name just a few.

The exhibition was accompanied by an extensive brochure published by IPCNY, featuring an essay by curators Susan Gosin and Mina Takahashi and a bibliography providing further historical context for the material on view.

Artists: Polly Apfelbaum, Laura Anderson Barbata, Laurence Barker, Barbara Beisinghoff, Lynda Benglis, Kim Berman, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Robert Blackburn, Mel Bochner, Chakaia Booker, Louise Bourgeois, Mary Callery, Drew Cameron, Chuck Close, Will Cotton, E.V. Day, Lesley Dill, Leonardo Drew, Melvin Edwards, Natalie Frank, Helen Frankenthaler, Helen Frederick, Ellen Gallagher, Robert Gober, Ethan Greenbaum, Walter Hamady, Jane Hammond, Karen Hardy, Jacob Hashimoto, Daniel Heidkamp, David Hockney, Jim Hodges, Douglass Morse Howell, Emiko Kasahara, Tatana Kellner, Ellsworth Kelly, Mel Kendrick, William Kentridge, Abby Leigh, Glenn Ligon, Winifred Lutz, Drew Luan Matott, Robert Motherwell, Lydia Musco, Louise Nevelson, Kenneth Noland, Frank O’Hara, Michele Oka Doner, Michael Ponce de Leon, Robert Rauschenberg, John Risseeuw, Larry Rivers, Edward Ruscha, Juan Sánchez, Jonathan Seliger, Arlene Shechet, Margaret Mahan Sheppard, Alan Shields, James Siena, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Kiki Smith, Buzz Spector, Frank Stella, Jessica Stockholder, Michelle Stuart, Do Ho Suh, Richard Tuttle, Claire Van Vliet, Chuck Webster, Paul Wong, Yanomami Owë Mamotima, John Yau.

Publishers & Workshops: BluSeed Studios, Brodsky Center, Casa Sin Nombre Editions, Dieu Donné, Dieu Donné Press, Dobbin Books, Durham Press, Gemini G.E.L., Hand Papermaking, Inc., The Janus Press, Kuboaa, Library Fellows of the Whitney, Museum of American Art, Lower East Side Printshop, Mixografia, Pace Editions, Inc., The Perishable Press Limited, Pyramid Atlantic, Two Palms, Tyler Graphics Ltd., Universal Limited Art Editions, Wildwood Press, Women’s Studio Workshop.


Russian Revolution: A Contested Legacy

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Curated by Masha Chlenova
On view: October 12 – December 16, 2017

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Russian Revolution: A Contested Legacy, commemorating the centennial of the 1917 Russian Revolution, looks beyond the canon of the Russian avant-garde to focus on three avenues of individual freedoms sought by the fledgling socialist society: the equality and emancipation of women; internationalism, including racial equality and the rights of ethnic minorities in Russia, especially Jews; and sexual and gay liberation.


By placing a selection of historical printed works by key Russian avant-garde artists of the 1920s and 1930s, including such well-known names as Gustav KlucisEl Lissitzky, and Elizaveta Ignatovich, in dialogue with contemporary works by Russian-born, New York-based artists Yevgeniy Fiks and Anton Ginzburg, the exhibition evaluates these often-obscured goals of the Revolution and addresses their continued urgency today – in Russia, the United States, and elsewhere. 

The exhibition was accompanied by an extensive brochure designed by Anton Ginzburg and published by IPCNY, featuring an essay by curator Masha Chlenova as well as an illustrated chronology by Chlenova and Yevgeniy Fiks and a bibliography providing further historical context for the material on view.

Selected Press: The Calvert JournalHuffington PostStudio InternationalThe TabletThe Root

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Other Hats: Icelandic Printmaking

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On view: April 13 - June 10, 2017
Curated by Ingibjörg Jóhannsdóttir and Pari Stave 

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Other Hats: Icelandic Printmaking showcases the breadth of printmaking by Icelandic artists. Featuring screenprints, etchings, digital work, artist’s books, and 3D prints, among other works, by over twenty intergenerational Icelandic artists, the exhibition also includes prints by select international artists who have spent enough time in Iceland to have absorbed the ethos of the country. 

The exhibition’s title has two meanings: first, printmaking is often a practice done in parallel with other media and disciplines, and second, Iceland’s uniquely small population often prompts people to hold two or more careers in parallel. Exhibiting artists Magnús Þór Jónsson (Megas), one of Iceland’s most renowned songwriters; Hallgrímur Helgason, one of the country’s celebrated authors; and Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, also known as Shoplifter, whose work in fashion design has included collaborations with Björk, are just three striking examples of this multidisciplinary approach. One of Björk’s artist’s books, Um Úrnat frá Bjork (1984), will also be on view.

Artists are: Arnar Herbertsson, Birgir Andrésson, Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Dieter Roth, Eygló Harðardóttir, Georg Guðni, Guðjón Ketilsson, Hallgrímur Helgason, Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, Katrín Sigurðardóttir, Kristján Daviðsson, Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson, Magnús Þór Jónsson (Megas), Per Kirkeby, Roni Horn, Sara Riel, Rúna Þorkelsdóttir, Rúrí, Sigurður Árni Sigurðsson, Sigurður Atli Sigurðsson, Sigurður Guðmundsson, Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir, Þóra Sigurðardóttir, and Valgerður Guðlaugsdóttir.

Selected Press: Huffington Post, Arte Fuse

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Black Pulp!

On view: October 12 – December 19, 2016
Curated by Mark Thomas Gibson and William Villalongo

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On tour: 
June 2 - July 20, 2017
The Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida
September 19 - December 10, 2017
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at
Wesleyan University
February 2 - April 29, 2018
The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Black Pulp! examines evolving perspectives of Black identity in American culture and history from 1912 to 2016 through contemporary works of art and rare historical printed media. The exhibition includes works by artists, graphic designers, and publishers in formats ranging from little known comic books to covers for historic books and magazines, to etchings, digital prints, drawings, and media-based works by some of today’s leading artists. The exhibition is organized by artists William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson, and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, extensive didactics, and free public programming.

The exhibition features contemporary works by an intergenerational group of 21 artists from the Black diaspora: Derrick Adams, Laylah Ali, Firelei Báez, Nayland Blake, Robert Colescott, Renee Cox, William Downs, Ellen Gallagher, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Lucia Hierro, Yashua Klos, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Lamar Peterson, Pope.L, Kenny Rivero, Alexandria Smith, Felandus Thames, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, and Fred Wilson.

The exhibition situates these works in the context of rare historical books, comics, newspapers, and related ephemera, from Alain LeRoy Locke’s The New Negro (1925) and Wallace Thurman’s quarterly Fire!!: Devoted to the Younger Negro Artists (1926) to Jackie Ormes’ comic strip Torchy in Heartbeats (1953). Other historical artists and writers on view are Gwendolyn Bennett, E. Simms Campbell, Miguel Covarrubias, Charles Cullen, Countee Cullen, Sadie Iola Daniel, Aaron Douglas, Emory Douglas, W.E.B. Dubois, George J. Evans, Jr., Elton C. Fax, Billy Graham, Oliver W. Harrington, George Herriman, Alvin Hollingsworth, Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston, Charles S. Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gertrude McBrown, Dwayne McDuffie, Owen Middleton, Richard Bruce Nugent, Laura Wheeler Waring, Charles White and Carter G. Woodson.

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Suspended Animation: Moving Images in Print


On view: April 7 - June 12, 2016
Curated by: Lotte Marie Allen

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Suspended Animation highlights the experimental nature of animation with works that explore historical, fictional, and performative subjects through motion, sound and stillness. With moving images and works on paper displayed side-by-side, this rich viewing experience provides a window into the artist’s creative process and the intrinsic qualities of printmaking that connect with time-based works. This includes printmaking’s long-established serial structure; its capacity for the sequential progression of image development; and the reproduction and repetition of images. The exhibition demonstrates how artists engage with myriad techniques and strategies of printmaking as an extension of drawing practice. This ranges from the hand-etched and printed line, to collages of woodcut and laser-cut elements, to silkscreen and digital prints. 

Moving Images: Printmaking & Animation


On view: September 24 - November 10, 2015
Curated by: Lotte Allen

Moving Images explores the relationship between printmaking and the moving image. Organized by Lotte Allen. Artists include Kakyoung Lee, Nicola López, Kiki Smith, Justin Sanz, Rob Swainston and Mark Webber.

Printmaking and animation are rooted in similar historical traditions – and both use the multiple in various ways. Where multiples within the context of printmaking have always been associated with social change and the dissemination of information, multiples are used to create an actual animation, frame for frame. In the case of using prints to create a stop-motion animation, the medium of printmaking lends itself to creating moving images, where each print represents a frame in the animation’s narrative. While contemporary animation is most often associated with computer graphics and drawing, printmaking is used more frequently to create animations by artists at all stages of their careers.

Weaving Past into Present: Experiments in Contemporary Native American Printmaking


On view: September 24 - November 10, 2015
Organized by: Sarah Diver

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Over forty works by twelve artists will be included with techniques ranging from lithography, etching, silkscreen, linocut and monoprint, to three-dimensional multi-media constructions. Affiliations of the artists include Mohawk, Seneca, Navajo, Flathead/Salish, Chiricahua Apache, Cree, Plains Cultures, Colville Confederate Tribes and Wiyot.

“Weaving Past into Present” has been organized in collaboration with Sarah Diver, Project Coordinator, who is contributing the curatorial essay for the exhibition. Ms. Diver writes: “This exhibition focuses on the work of current indigenous printmakers who utilize…history as a visual language…Grounding their work in the images, textures, and experiences of the colonial era, artists layer old and new, past and present to explore how the attitudes which shaped 19th-century policies and practices continue to resonate in popular culture today.”

Artists included in the exhibition are: Lynne Allen, Rick Bartow, Joe Feddersen, John Hitchcock, Brad Kahlhamer, Jason Lujan, Alan Michelson, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Jewel Shaw, Marie Watt, Emmi Whitehorse, and Melanie Yazzie.

Workshops represented are Crow’s Shadow Press (OR); Hybrid Press (WI); LeRoy Nieman Center for Print Studies (NY); Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (OR); Tamarind Institute (NM); and Vermillion Editions Limited (TX).

IPCNY is grateful to the artists, publishers, and to the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer for so generously lending works to this exhibition.

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True Monotypes


On view: March 26 - May 30, 2015
Curated by: Janice C. Oresman

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The curator writes, “Artists find monotypes exciting to make for many reasons. One is the lushness of the medium used. Another is the element of chance that may or may not please them in the printing process such as the softening of outlines, and pooling or bleeding of colors… Collectors seek out monotypes for their sheer beauty as well as for their uniqueness.”

Artist: Rita Ackermann, Chuck Arnoldi, Romare Bearden, Cecily Brown, Gregory Crane, Paul DeRuvo, Valentina DuBasky, Joellyn Duesberry, Carroll Dunham, Mary Frank, Lawrence Gipe, Sue Heatley, Jasper Johns, Jane Kent, Joyce Kozloff, Maya Lin, Judith Linhares, Eddie Martinez, Michael Mazur, Kate McCrickard, James Nares, Anne Neely, John Newman, Elizabeth Peyton, Matt Phillips, Susan Rothenberg, Sara Sanders, Dana Schutz, Richard Segalman, Stuart Shils, Steven Sorman, David Storey, Philip Taaffe, Donald Traver, Mary Jo Vath, Chuck Webster, William Weege, Christopher Wool, and Lisa Yuskavage.

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Mountain Views: Swiss Travel Posters from the Dana/Spencer Collection


On view: January 14 - March 15, 2015

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IPCNY is pleased to present Mountain Views: Swiss Travel Posters from the Dana/Spencer Collection assembled by Olga and Arthur Dana, an American couple who frequented the ski resorts of the Swiss Alps during the 1950s and ’60s. These colorful vintage lithographs have been lent for exhibition to IPCNY by their daughter, Alice Dana Spencer.

Numbering some thirty-five examples in its entirety, the collection was originally shown at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT in 2001, and the next year at the Beard Gallery, Wheaton College, Norton, MA. IPCNY is indebted to Alice Dana Spencer for generously entrusting the posters to us, and to Jeffrey I. Lee and Meghan Freeman, for the research, documentation and scholarship accompanying the show. IPCNY would also like to acknowledge the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York for their assistance in publicizing this exhibition.

TOUR: Big Picture Show

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On view: September 8 - December 5, 2014

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“Big Picture Show” presents thirty large-scale contemporary prints on view at 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery (NY) by artists originally shown at IPCNY in New Prints exhibitions. Organized three times each season, these shows form the core of IPCNY’s programming. Each of the exhibitions is selected by an independent jury sorting through thousands of submissions ranging from self-published artists to international print workshops and publishers. These shows bring to the fore new trends, talents and techniques in the field of contemporary printmaking.

The prints shown here stand out for their excellence of concept, content, and technique—as well as the sheer bravado of their scale. Virtually all mediums of printmaking are represented, from classic techniques of etching, woodcut, lithography, and silkscreen, to more recent innovations such as digital printing and cast paper. Together, they illustrate the creative potential unique to the medium of printmaking, and the formidable talent of artists working in the field today.

“Big Picture Show” is organized by International Print Center New York. The exhibition is sponsored by 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery as a community-based public service in partnership with 1285 Avenue of the Americas and Jones Lang LaSalle. A special thanks to Colin Thomson, director of 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, and Linda Florio of Florio Design. IPCNY is grateful to the artists and publishers who loaned works for “Big Picture Show”.

Artist’s Artists: James Siena, Josh Smith, and Charline von Heyl Collect Prints

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On view: July 21 – October 15, 2014
Curated by: Gretchen L. Wagner

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Artist’s Artists consists of sixty-four prints and books from the personal collections of three contemporary artists who incorporate printmaking into their artistic practice. Work dating from 1949 to 2013 is included, from antique maps to traditional lithography, intaglio, and silkscreen, along with prints by Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Antoni Tàpies, Christopher Wool, among others. The exhibition reflects the expanse of interests among the three lenders as well as the artistic influences that connect them.

From the collection of James Siena, prints by: Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Carpenter, Bruce Conner, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Steve DiBenedetto, Jane Dickson, Jim Flora, Bill Jensen, Jasper Johns, Cati Laporte, Chris Martin, Katia Santibañez, Charles Seliger, Frank Stella, Antoni Tàpies, and a selection of antique typewriters.

From the collection of Josh Smith, prints by: Rita Ackerman, Bernard Buffet, Charline von Heyl, Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, Pierre Soulages, Aaron Wilson and Tim Dooley (Midwest Pressed), Christopher Wool, and a selection of hand-made books by Josh Smith.

From the collection of Charline von Heyl, prints by: Jean (Hans) Arp, Bernard Buffet, Fernand Leger, Conrad Marca-Relli, Josh Smith, Endre Szasz, and H.C. Westermann.

Contemporary Brazilian Printmaking,


On view: March 20 – May 24, 2014
Curated by: Eduardo Besen, Priscila Sacchettin, Rodrigo Naves

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Artists: Nara Amélia, Mônica Barki, Ernesto Bonato, Ulysses Bôscolo, Marco Buti, Cleiri Cardoso, Helena Freddi, Sheila Goloborotko, Nina Kreis, Kika Levy, Fabricio Lopez, Alberto Martins, Claudio Mubarac, Laerte Ramos, Augusto Sampaio, Alexandre Sequeira, and Lambe-Lambes by Maura de Andrade, Sergio Kal, Mauricio Parra, Regina Pinto, Yili Rojas, and Carlos Henrique Soares.

The artists have been selected by a trio of Brazilian curators, art historians and print specialists – Eduardo Besen, Priscila Sacchettin and Rodrigo Naves – working together to identify important trends and achievements in the field of printmaking in Brazil. For the majority of the artists, this exhibition is the first showing of their work in North America. As such, it offers a long-anticipated opportunity for New York audiences to connect first-hand with Brazilian art today.

Using a wide range of mediums, techniques and styles, the artists featured in the exhibition represent many different aspects of contemporary Brazilian printmaking. Resisting convention and embracing technical experimentation, the artists take, in the words of one of the curators, “an intuitive and fresh approach to the genre.” Their techniques range from aquatint, drypoint, mezzotint, and woodcut to contemporary photo etching, digital printing, and photo engraving. Several works are printed on materials such as wood, metal or cloth.

Contemporary Brazilian Printmaking is the eighth presentation of our International Exhibitions Pro­gram. Launched in 2003 with Traces and Traditions: Vietnamese Woodblock Prints, the series has included the following exhibitions: ¡Impresionante! Innovative Prints by Contemporary Puerto Rican ArtistsMoscow Grafika: Artists’ Prints 1961-2005New Editions ScotlandGraphic Reality: Mexican Printmaking TodaySeeing God in Prints: Indian Lithographs from the Collection of Mark Baron and Elise Boisante and, most recently, Silent Watch: Contemporary Prints from Finland.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

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On view: June 13 - September 21, 2013

Al-Mutanabbi Street is the centuries-old center of bookselling in Baghdad, a winding street filled with bookstores and outdoor book stalls. Named after the famed 10th Century classical Arab poet, Al-Mutanabbi, the street has been the hisotric heart and soul of Baghdad literary and intellectual community. On March 5, 2007, a car bomb was detonated on Al-Mutanabbi Street.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition was formed soon afterwards to commemorate not just the tragic loss of life, but also the idea of a targeted attack on a street where ideas have always been exchanged.The coalition, headed by San Francisco poet and bookseller, Beau Beausoleil, issued a call to letterpress printers for a personal response to the bombing. Beausoleil asked printer and professor, Kathleen Walkup, to coordinate the first call on behalf of the coalition; and more than 40 letterpress printers responded to that call. Sarah Bodman, a U.K. book artist coordinated four calls over the next two years, which brought in more than 30 printers from the U.K .and Europe. From North Carolina, Lisa Beth Robinson issued two calls. Printers responded to the tragedy with positive creativity by printing the work of Iraqi, Middle-Eastern, Canadian, Korean, U.K., and American writers. The Al-Mutanabbi Street Broadside Project now holds the work of printers from the United States, the U.K., Canada, Korea, Australia, New Zealand,The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and France.

25 Broadsides are included in the show by the following artists: Charles Alexander, Johanna Atkinson, Heidi Barlow, Devonne Beech, Josef Beery with Clay Will, Brandon Blevins, Sarah Bodman with Nadia Chalabi, Kathleen Burch, Katherine Case & Annie Stenzel; Anna Cox, Jill Hearne, Barbara Henry, Jane Kennelly with Michael Caine, David Kirby, Tom Leech, Emily Martin, Anne Marie Mun, Kelly Nelson, Megan O’Connell, Bettina Pauly, Garrett Queen with Frank Riccio, Lisa Beth Robinson with Owen Beckman, Janet Rodney, Roger Snell with Elizabeth Leger, and Carol Todaro.

In addition, 11 books on display by the following artists: Laurie Alpert, Franz Baake, Angie Butler & Natalie McGrorty, Azadeh Fatehrad, Ania Gilmore & Annie Zeybekoglu, Noëlle Griffiths, Sarah Jacobs, Karen, Kunc, Andrew Law, Elçcin Marrasli, and Christina Mitrents.

1913 Armory Show Revisited: the Artists and their Prints


On view: March 23 - May 23, 2013

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This exhibition examines prints by artists from the 1913 Armory Show, including work by the American organizers such as Walt Kuhn and Arthur B. Davies. Several of the original prints in the 1913 show will be on view, as well as many by artists who were represented with paintings or sculpture. We are viewing this important historical event through the lens of fine art prints; both European and American artists will be included. This selection of prints will illustrate the modernity that was such a revelation to the American public at the time of the first exhibition.

Artists in the show include: George Bellows, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Arthur B. Davies, Edgar Degas, André Derain, Marcel Duchamp, Raoul Dufy, Paul Gauguin, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Augustus John, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Walt Kuhn, Marie Laurencin, Aristide Maillol, John Marin, Henri Matisse, Edvard Munch, Jerome Myers, Frank Nankivell, Walter Pach, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Maurice Prendergast, Odilon Redon, Ker-Xavier Roussel, John Sloan, Félix Vallotton, Jacques Villon, Jean-Édouard Vuillard, Abraham Walkowitz, Max Weber, Marguerite Zorach, William Zorach.

Pop-Up! The Magical World of Movable Books — Selections from the Collection of Bernard S. Shapiro

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On view: January 18 – May 10, 2013

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Bernard S. Shapiro (1917-2009) was a Boston-based entrepreneur with many interests who formed the collection over a period of some twenty years. The collection numbers over 250 books, of which thirty-five were originally shown at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA in the winter of 2012. IPCNY has selected seventeen from the children’ book portion of the collection for presentation here.

Mr. Shapiro’s first acquisition was Lothar Meggendorfer’s International Circus: A Reproduction of the Antique Pop-Up Book, purchased at a neighborhood bookshop in Brookline, MA. It remained a centerpiece of his collection, inspiring the many acquisitions that followed, discovered in antique shops and bookstores in Boston, New York, Canada, and overseas during travels.


Coming Attraction: Cuban Movie Posters from the Collection of Merrill C. Berman

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On view: April 5 - May 12, 2012

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Artists: Eduardo Muñoz Bachs, Raúl Oliva Baluja, Réne Azcuy Cárdenas, Luis Vega De Castro, Fors, Antonio Pérez (Niko) González, Nestor, Julio Eloy Pérez Mesa, Antonio Fernández Reboiro, and Alfredo Gonzålez Rostgaard.

Coming Attraction is the eighth in a series of international shows organized by IPCNY throughout its twelve-year history and is its first presentation of Cuban printmaking. The exhibition features thirty-five screen-printed posters created to publicize Cuban films from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Stephen Heller, noted authority on graphic design, writes: “Famous around the world for their brash originality and bright, clear graphic sensibility, Cuban cinema posters of the Revolutionary Era are held in as high esteem as the moodier and more abstract Polish film posters of the same era.” The works evoke a variety of ideas and practices within and alongside printmaking—film, graphic design, advertising, and political commentary. An illustrated brochure with curatorial statements and biographical information about the artists will accompany the exhibition.

The prints are on loan from private collector Merrill C. Berman, whose collection includes more than 125 Cuban film posters from the 1960s to 1990s.

The exhibition coincides with the Havana Film Festival New York, April 12–20, 2012.

Silent Watch: Contemporary Prints from Finland

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On view: September 15 - October 27, 2011
Curated by: Juliette Kennedy, of the University of Helsinki, chaired the curatorial team, working with Leena Ahtola-Moorhouse, Chief Curator of Exhibitions at the Ateneum Art Museum (The National Gallery of Finland, Helsinki), and Päivi Talasmaa, Chief Curator at Espoo Museum of Art (EMMA), Espoo.

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Silent Watch is the seventh in a series of international shows organized by IPCNY throughout its eleven year history, and is its first presentation of Scandinavian printmaking.  The exhibition includes thirty-five outstanding printed works made in Finland in recent years by nine artists and one artists’ collective. 

Silent Watch is the first exhibition, to our knowledge, in which the extensive achievements of Finnish artists in contemporary printmaking have been brought to the attention of New York audiences.  It represents the seventh in IPCNY’s series of international exhibitions designed to foster appreciation for printed works from cultures other than our own.  With this presentation IPCNY recognizes the rich  history of Finnish printmaking, and aims to broaden understanding of its current manifestations.

Artists: Outi Heiskanen, IC-98 (Visa Suonpää and Patrik Söderlund), Eeva-Liisa Isomaa, Päivikki Kallio, Juho Karjalainen, Maria Kausalainen, Markus Lampinen, Emma Lappalainen, Pauli Parkkinen, and Annu Vertanen.

Artists Collect: Prints from the Collections of Sol LeWitt, Kiki Smith, Philip Taaffe and Richard Tuttle

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On view: March 11 - May 28, 2011
Curated by: Harper Montgomery

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Artists Collect consists of fifty-four prints and books from the personal collections of four major artists.  The exhibition includes work dating from 1558 to 2006, from sixteenth-century natural history books, to German Romanticist etchings, to Japanese woodblocks, Syrian relief prints, and work by contemporary printmakers such as John Baldessari and Jasper Johns.  The exhibition reflects the breadth of interests among the four lenders as well as the diversity within each artist’s collection.  

In Ms. Montgomery’s words, “the idea for this exhibition is to display groups of printed things—high and low and from all periods and cultural traditions—that have been acquired by artists who are engaged in making prints themselves. I’d like to show as many aspects of how artists collect as possible: Artists who are systematic collectors, those who acquire things casually, trade with friends and colleagues, and/or collect historical objects and printed images that relate to their work in one way or another.”  An illustrated brochure with a curatorial essay will accompany the exhibiton.