Curated by Susan Tallman in partnership with Art in Print

October 4–December 19, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 4, 6–8pm; press & members’ preview 5-6pm


Selected images:

  Chris Ofili

Chris Ofili

  Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall

  Johann Michael Püchler

Johann Michael Püchler

  Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon

Installation views (Photos: Carly Gaebe / Steadfast Studio and Elisabeth Berezansky):

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.

The often laborious, multi-step processes inherent to printmaking allow artists to maintain visual clarity before subverting this visibility in the final image. Examples include the highly-detailed, nearly imperceptible details of Chris Ofili’s multi-layered, opalescent Black Shunga (2008-15), or Walid Raad’s refined Views from Inner to Outer Compartments (2013).

The visual hurdle posed by low-visibility prints urges viewers to be more conscious of their sight upon entering the exhibition space. Rare historical works of virtuoustic micrography by Levi David van Gelder, Johann Michael Püchler, and William Pratt, use minuscule text to create images, escaping the conventional dichotomy of text and image. Matthew Kenyon’s Notepad (2007) and Fiona Banner’s Top Gun (1996) bring the tradition of micrography into the present.


Thursday, October 11, 6–8pm (conversation begins 6:30pm): artist Samuel Levi Jones in conversation with Randy Cohen for Person Place Thing radio show, with musical guest Tomas Rodriguez. See pictures from the event, listen to the podcast, or download it free on iTunes.

Thursday, October 25, 5–6pm: Print Week members' exhibition tour with curator Susan Tallman.

Saturday, October 27, 1–4pm: acTEEvism: T-shirt screenprinting workshop with political design by artists including Megan Foster at IPCNY PRINTFEST. Free drop-in workshop. See pictures and read more about PRINTFEST here.

Thursday, November 1, 6–8pm (talk begins 6:30pm): Publishing on the Edge: Making the Invisible Visible panel discussion with Jacob Samuel (Edition Jacob Samuel, Santa Monica, CA) on Walid Raad, Greg Burnet (Burnet Editions, NY) on Glenn Ligon, and Craig Zammiello (Two Palms, NY) on Chris Ofili. See pictures from the event here.

Tuesday, December 4, 6–8pm (talk begins 6:30pm): Microcalligraphy Through History: Johann Michael Püchler, Levi David van Gelder & Matthew Kenyon. Gallery talk by Freyda Spira, Associate Curator, Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, David Wachtel, independent scholar, and Matthew Kenyon, artist. RSVP at Eventbrite.

Exhibiting 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.


Widewalls, Can You See Them? 8 Artworks on the Edge of Visibility
The Guardian, Edge of Visibility: celebrating artwork with hidden messages
The Art Newspaper, Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend
Untapped Cities, 13 Things to Do in NYC This Week: November 8th – November 15th, 2018
Gotham to Go, 64 Art Installations, Exhibits & Events Not to Miss in November, 2018


The accompanying issue of Art in Print will be on sale at a discounted rate at IPCNY. The issue includes an annotated illustrated checklist and critical essays and interviews that provide deep insights into the works on display by authors Elleree Erdos, Faye Hirsch, Brian T. Leahy, Kate McCrickard, Leah Ollman, Freyda Spira, and Johnny Plastini. Discounted subscriptions and IPCNY membership packages are available online at ipcny.org/join, in person at IPCNY, or by calling 212-989-5090.



Susan Tallman is the editor-in-chief of the international journal and website Art in Print. An art historian, she has written extensively on the history and culture of the print, as well as on issues of authenticity, reproduction, and multiplicity. Her writing has appeared in Art in America, Parkett, Public Art Review, Art on Paper, Print Quarterly, Arts Magazine and many other publications. Her books include The Contemporary Print: From Pre-Pop to Postmodern (Thames and Hudson), The Collections of Barbara Bloom (Steidl), and numerous museum catalogues. She currently teaches in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Homepage Slider Image: Samuel Levi Jones. Nina Simone, Philippa Duke Schuyler, and Gwendolyn Brooks from 48 Portraits (Underexposed), 2012. 48 digital prints on pulped encyclopedia pages. Sheet: 24 1/2 x 22 inches each. Printed and published by the artist. Edition: 2. Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co., New York and PATRON, Chicago. © Samuel Levi Jones

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