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“Resonant Terrain” to open on April 17th

The Old Print Gallery is excited to announce its new print exhibit, Resonant Terrain, which will open on Friday April 17th, with a nighttime reception at the gallery from 5-7pm. This exhibit of landscapes in print features work by both 20th century and contemporary printmakers, including Matt Brown, Margaret Patterson, Joseph Essig, Sylvie Covey, John Taylor Arms, and more. The selected works range from representational to abstract, depicting vistas, valleys, and views of our shared terrain. The show will remain on view until July 11th.

Sentinels. Robert Kipniss. Mezzotint, 1992. Editon 60 + 10 ap. Image size 13 13/16 x 9 1/4" (350 x 234 mm).

Sentinels. Robert Kipniss. Mezzotint, 1992. Editon 60 + 10 ap. Image size 13 13/16 x 9 1/4″ (350 x 234 mm).

The landscape has a long tradition in art, and Resonant Terrain explores how printmakers choose to depict the natural world through its evolution and transformation into the modern era. Although united in the theme of landscape, the works are realized through differing conceptual and methodical approaches. Some, like Robert Kipniss, use the velvety blacks and luminous whites of a mezzotint to infuse landscapes with a poetic melancholy and stillness- depicting a terrain seemingly untouched by the viewer or even the artist. Others, like Harry Wickey and Gerald Scheck, use the chaotic crosshatching of a drypoint needle or the unpredictable acidic bite of the aquatint to evoke the untamed, wild majesty of the natural world.

Storm in the Mountains. Harry Wickey. Drypoint, 1935. Edition 100. Image size 8 7/8 x 12 3/4" (223 x 324 mm).

Storm in the Mountains. Harry Wickey. Drypoint, 1935. Edition 100. Image size 8 7/8 x 12 3/4″ (223 x 324 mm).

Alone Again.  Gerald Scheck. Drypoint, etching, and aquatint, 2005. Edition 25. Image size 19 5/8 x 21 3/4" (497 x 550 mm).

Alone Again. Gerald Scheck. Drypoint, etching, and aquatint, 2005. Edition 25. Image size 19 5/8 x 21 3/4″ (497 x 550 mm).

As our landscapes evolve and modernize, so too do the artists’ tools and technologies, as shown in the methods of two contemporary printmakers selected for the exhibit. Nancy Previs crafts photopolymer plates from her own un-retouched photographs, documenting the life-force of the natural world found hidden within her increasingly urbanized home city of Dublin.  Using a similar photogravure process, Sylvie Covey transforms her own photographs into impressive, mammoth-sized prints of the vast Wyoming landscape.

Seen together, the prints selected for the show unveil the emotional power and pull of the natural world, a beauty and mystery that entraps and enchants artists, and serves as a deep pool of inspiration for their work.

Wyoming III. Sylvie Covey.  Photogravure, 2011. Edition 6. Image size 18 x 23 7/8" (457 x 608 mm).

Wyoming III. Sylvie Covey. Photogravure, 2011. Edition 6. Image size 18 x 23 7/8″ (457 x 608 mm).

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Tonal Array: Aquatints from the 20th and 21st Century

Beyond the Silence (3) by Takamune Ishiguro. Aquatint, 2008. Image size 23 5/8 x 23 5/8" (600 x 601 mm). Edition 5. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil. LINK.

Beyond the Silence (3) by Takamune Ishiguro. Aquatint, 2008. Image size 23 5/8 x 23 5/8″ (600 x 601 mm). Edition 5. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil.

We are very excited to announce our new upcoming show, Tonal Array: Aquatints from the 20th and 21st Century, which will open on Friday, February 20, 2015 with an opening reception from 5-7 pm at the gallery. The show will continue until April 11, 2015.

Aquatint is an etching technique that creates areas of tone through the use of a powdered or ground resin that is sprinkled on a metal plate prior to being bitten by etching acid. Although primarily used in the 18th and 19th centuries as a medium to reproduce the delicate fluidity and transparency of watercolors and paintings, the aquatint survived as an artist’s medium because of its atmospheric effects and flat wash properties. Tonal Array draws attention to the talented printmakers of the 20th and 21st century who experimented and pushed the boundaries of aquatint’s potential. Varying between flat color planes and incredible plate texture, as well as dramatic areas of light and dark, these artists demonstrate a fluid and experimental handling of the medium. The resulting images have an expressive strength and visual intensity that relays the ingenuity to be found in the world of original printmaking.

Selected Artists: Linda Adato, John Taylor Arms, Letterio Calapai, Frank Cassara, Joseph Essig, Eric Goldberg, Takamune Ishiguro, Chaim Koppelman, Richard Lubell, Mary Manusos, Frederick Mershimer, Charles F. Mielatz, Jake Muirhead, Merle Perlmutter, Gerald Scheck, Ellen Nathan Singer, Richard Sloat, Mayumi Takagi, and Henry Ziegler.

Check back soon for more information about the show, about the rich history of aquatints, as well as more show images!

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Upcoming Print Events

At The Old Print Gallery:

Woman Under a Tree. BY Eliza Draper Gardiner. Woodblock, c. 1932. Image size 6 x 7 inches. LINK.

Woman Under a Tree. BY Eliza Draper Gardiner. Woodblock, c. 1932. Image size 6 x 7 inches. LINK.

Ink & Grain’s Last Week: Make sure to stop by the Gallery to see Ink & Grain before the show ends. Ink & Grain highlights 20th century printmakers who excelled in woodcuts and wood engravings. One of the most ancient forms of printmaking, the woodcut saw an energized revival during the 20th century. American printmakers experimented heavily with technique, by manipulating the grain of the wooden matrix and crafting new methods of ink and color application. Ink & Grain celebrates this renaissance and the skilled printmakers who worked in the medium, creating in the form of editioned prints, hand-made books, and commercial book illustrations. The show’s last day is this Saturday, November 15th.

Persistent Optimism 4a. Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed 1/3. Paper size 11 x 10". LINK.

Persistent Optimism 4a. Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed 1/3. Paper size 11 x 10″. LINK.

2014 Winter Contemporary Show Opening Reception: Join us on Friday, November 21, from 5-8pm at the Gallery, as we celebrate the opening of our new 2014 Winter Contemporary Show. Works by thirteen different printmakers, all created within the last two years, were chosen for the show. The prints offer a dizzying array of techniques and styles from local DC, regional, and international printmakers. Purposeful and inventive, the prints are successful experiments in medium, color, and scale. The show will remain on view until February 14, 2014.


 OPG Printmakers Around Town:

Target Bloom II. Susan Goldman. Monotype with woodcut, 2014.

Target Bloom II. Susan Goldman. Monotype with woodcut, 2014.

A Path Through Darkness- Whole, Sound, Color Light Opening Reception: This Thursday, November 13, from 4:30 to 6:30pm, celebrate with Susan Goldman at an opening reception for her new prints, in a show titled A Path Through Darkness: Whole, Sound, Color, Light. The reception will be held at the Lombardi Atrium of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center of Georgetown University Hospital. The show is presented by the Arts and Humanities Program.

Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC 20007. Parking in Leavy Conference Center Garage.

More info: Contact Julia Langley at julia.langley@georgetown.edu.

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Power. Werner Drewes. Woodcut on paper, 1982.

Werner Drewes: Artist and Humanitarian Opening Reception: A show of works by celebrated printmaker Werner Drewes will be on view at the United States District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland. The Opening Reception is on Thursday, November 20, 2014, from 5:00pm- 6:30pm. Opening remarks will be made by Karen E. D. Seibert, granddaughter of the artist, and a Doctors Without Borders representative. 10% of all proceeds from the sales at the Opening Reception with be donated to Doctors Without Borders. The show will remain on view until January 30, 2015, with show hours of Monday- Friday, 9am to 4pm. The show is presented by the U. S. District Court and The Hyattstown Mill Arts Project.

United States District Court, 6500 Cherrywood Lane, Greenbelt, Maryland 20770.

More info: http://drewesfineart.com/

Swirls. By Philip Bennet. Monotype with pastel, 2014.

Swirls. By Philip Bennet. Monotype with pastel, 2014.

Pastel Unleashed: A Mixed-Media Approach Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony: OPG printmaker Philip Bennet has a print in this juried show, presented by the Maryland Pastel Society. The show was an invitation to artists by the Society to rethink soft pastel. Work entered in the show was required to have, in addition to soft pastel, one or more other painting or drawing mediums. Philip Bennet’s monotype with pastel Swirls was selected for the exhibit. The Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony is on November 23, 2014 from 2:00pm- 4:00pm. The Exhibition opens on November 22, 2014 and closes on January 4, 2015.

Invitational Gallery, Strathmore Mansion, 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD, 20852.

More info: https://marylandpastelsociety.com/

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2014 Winter Contemporary Show

(L) Persistent Optimism 4b. By Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed. 2/3. Paper size 11 x 10".  (C) Persistent Optimism 2b. By Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed 2/3. Paper size 11 x 10".  (R) Persistent Optimism 4a.  By Heather Mcmordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Ed 1/3. Paper size 11 x 10".  LINK.

(Left) Persistent Optimism 4b. (Center) Persistent Optimism 2b. (Right) Persistent Optimism 4a.
By Heather McMordie. Stone lithograph with woodcut and mixed media, 2014. Edition of 3. Paper size 11 x 10″ each. LINK.

The Old Print Gallery’s 2014 Winter Contemporary Show will open on Friday, November 21, 2014 with a free nighttime celebratory reception from 5-8pm at the gallery. Works by thirteen contemporary printmakers, all created within the last two years, were chosen for the show. The prints selected are an impressive and alluring display of the current eclecticism found in contemporary printmaking.  Purposeful and inventive, the prints are successful experiments in medium, color, and scale, and for many of the artists selected, the prints are a deviation from their previous creative propensities. The show will remain on view in the gallery until February 14, 2014.

Harmonious Rhythm I. Nancy Previs. Photo intaglio, 2014. Ed 2/15. Image size 9 5/8 x 12”. LINK.

Harmonious Rhythm I. Nancy Previs. Photo intaglio, 2014. Ed 2/15. Image size 9 5/8 x 12”. LINK.

Highlights include a haunting and mysterious photo intaglio landscape by Dublin-based Nancy Previs and three small mezzotints of the human form by Australian printmaker Cleo Wilkinson, whose printed visages emerge from a velvety black with a tonal richness and striking subtlety.  The exhibit also features three prints from emerging artist Heather McMordie’s new series, Persistent Optimism, an exciting experiment in prints-turned-drawings, each with elements of lithography, woodcut, graphite, colored pencil, and charcoal.

The 2014 Winter Contemporary Show will also showcase several works by local DC printmakers, including an abstract and playful watercolor-based monotype by Philip Bennet, bold screenprint monotypes with woodcut elements by Susan Goldman, and artfully rendered still lifes in etching and aquatint by Jake Muirhead.

Thrush. Jake Muirhead. Softground with drypoint, 2014. A/P. Image size 11 7/8 x 11 7/8". LINK.

Thrush. Jake Muirhead. Softground with drypoint, 2014. A/P. Image size 11 7/8 x 11 7/8″. LINK.

Selected Artists: Philip Bennet, Richard Carleton, Michael Di Cerbo, Eric Goldberg, Susan Goldman,  Su-Li Hung, Robert Kipniss, Mary Manusos, Heather McMordie, Jake Muirhead, Nancy Previs, Richard Sloat, and Cleo Wilkinson.

Splash #2. Philip Bennet. Oil-based ink monotype, 2013. Ed 1/1. Image size 11 x 17".  LINK.

Splash #2. Philip Bennet. Oil-based ink monotype, 2013. Ed 1/1. Image size 11 x 17″. LINK.

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Robert Kipniss. “Poetry of Art: Paintings, Drawings and Prints”

Forest murmurs. Robert Kipniss. Mezzotint, 2010. Image size 14 5/16 x 19 3/8" (363 x 493 mm). Edition 50.

Forest murmurs. Robert Kipniss. Mezzotint, 2010. Image size 14 5/16 x 19 3/8″ (363 x 493 mm). Edition 50.

Robert Kipniss.

Poetry of Art: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

Exhibition: October 18 through November 22, 2014.
Artist’s Reception: Thursday Night, October 23, 2014 4:30- 7pm

The Old Print Shop (our NYC partner gallery) is proud to present a new contemporary exhibit of over 30 recent works by Robert Kipniss. The exhibit opens today, and runs through late November. On view are paintings, prints, drawings, and poetry by this exceptional artist. Please make a point to stop by the NY gallery to see the show in person, or attend the Artist’s Reception next Thursday, October 23, from 4:30 to 7:00pm at the 152 Lexington Avenue gallery.

And on the Hill, Two Trees. Robert Kipniss. Oil on canvas, 2013. Canvas size 30 x 40" (76.2 x 101.6 cm).

And on the Hill, Two Trees. Robert Kipniss. Oil on canvas, 2013. Canvas size 30 x 40″ (76.2 x 101.6 cm).

Robert Kipniss – Painter, Printmaker, and Poet – was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1931. In 1936, his family moved to Laurelton, New York, where he discovered the pleasure of being in the woods. His early love of the forest continues to this day in his images. He is often inviting the viewer into his private woods. In 1947, he took Saturday classes at the Art Students League and the next year he left for Wittenberg College (now University) in Springfield, Ohio. While at Wittenberg, he began to write poetry. By 1950, his passion was poetry, and he decided to major in literature and transferred to the University of Iowa. At the University of Iowa he took his first formal painting classes. In 1951 he entered a painting competition in New York City and was awarded his first one-artist show at the Joe Gans Gallery on 57th Street.  Kipniss has had over 180 one-artist shows since his first in 1951.

Window w/Curtain & Hill. Robert Kipniss. Oil on canvas, 2013. Canvas size 36 x 25" (91.5 x 63.5 cm).

Window w/Curtain & Hill. Robert Kipniss. Oil on canvas, 2013. Canvas size 36 x 25″ (91.5 x 63.5 cm).

In 1950, Kipniss made the decision that he was going to be a poet and a painter; however, life’s many turns often modify decisions made early in life. In 1961 he was working for the post office, painting, writing poetry, and supporting a family. Something had to give, so he made the decision to continue as a painter and support his family, which meant that he would stop writing poetry. The change was profound for his work to this day. His paintings and later his prints became poetic, mysterious, and inviting.

Trees, a composition. Robert Kipniss. Mezzotint, 2014. Image size 9 1/2 x 11 1/2" (235 x 295 mm). Edition 30.

Trees, a composition. Robert Kipniss. Mezzotint, 2014. Image size 9 1/2 x 11 1/2″ (235 x 295 mm). Edition 30.

He made his first prints, drypoints, in 1967. In 1968 he discovered lithography and connected to that form of printmaking for the next twenty-two years. Working with the master printers at George C. Miller in New York, he produced over 400 lithographic images. After Miller closed, he went back to intaglio, producing primarily mezzotints with an occasional drypoint.

Kipniss paintings and prints are in over seventy-five museums worldwide and many private collections. He is a member of the National Academy in New York, The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in London, The Society of American Graphic Artists, and the Century Association.

Eaves with Dark Window. Robert Kipniss. Pencil drawing on mylar, 1990. Image size 13 1/2 x 13 1/2" (343 x 343 mm).

Eaves with Dark Window. Robert Kipniss. Pencil drawing on mylar, 1990. Image size 13 1/2 x 13 1/2″ (343 x 343 mm).

Afternoon Breezes. Robert Kipniss. Pencil drawing, 2010. Image size 14 15/16 x 16 1/4" (380 x 420 mm).

Afternoon Breezes. Robert Kipniss. Pencil drawing, 2010. Image size 14 15/16 x 16 1/4″ (380 x 420 mm).

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