The Old Print Gallery is pleased to announce a new show, Director’s Cut, opening July 15, 2011. Selected by the gallery’s director, Laura Graham, this collection features solely woodcuts. Celebrating the oldest printmaking medium, this show presents the gallery’s oldest print- a woodcut from the Nuremberg Chronicles, dated 1493. Around the artifact are examples of the woodcut’s evolution, including many fresh and innovative approaches to this relief technique by 20th century and contemporary artists.
Diverse woodcut styles are represented in beautiful and compelling imagery. Highlights include prints by Luigi Rist (1888-1959), who mixed old Japanese woodblock techniques with his own Yankee ingenuity, as well as a white-line woodcut by Provincetown artist, Blanche Lazzell (1878-1956), who pioneered this medium, the first printmaking method unique to the United States. Color and the inclusion of the wood’s grainy texture are subjects explored in many of our contemporary prints, while our early 20th century artists focus on contrast and expression of their cut line. In this rare opportunity, one can view woodcuts from the 15th and 16th century alongside contemporary and early 20th century prints, seeing the medium in all of its forms, complexities, and variations.
The Old Print Gallery will celebrate the opening of Director’s Cut with a nighttime opening reception on Friday, July 15, from 5-8pm at the gallery. The opening reception is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be offered and the new collection will be on display.
Prints in post: Top image: Autumn Migration by Su-Li Hung. Middle image: Liber Chronicarum [Carinthia] by Hartmann Schedel. Bottom image: The Seine Boat by Blanche Lazzell.