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New Additions: 20th Century Printmakers Pt. 2

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSToday we are sharing three more additions to our 20th century inventory- works by Irwin D. Hoffman, Morris A. Blackburn, and William C. McNulty. Read on below for information about the artists’ lives, travels, and studies. We also invite you to check out our yesterday’s post, a showcase of new prints by American printmakers John J.A. Murphy, Norma Bassett Hall, and Roi Partridge. Our inventory is constantly expanding and changing, especially in the field of 20th century and contemporary prints.


 Irwin D. Hoffman (1901- 1989)

Hoffman was born in East Boston, a son of Russian immigrant parents. He enrolled as a part-time student at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts at the very young age of 15, later attending the school as a full-time student on scholarship once he graduated from high school. His first solo show was at the age of 19 at Grace Horne Galleries, where he was reviewed by the press as “a prodigy in portraiture.” He was awarded the Paige Traveling Scholarship in 1924, prompting travels throughout Europe, where he studied the old masters of painting and was introduced to the new wave of European modern art. Returning from Europe, he opened a studio in New York City, a space he worked and lived in the rest of his career.

In the 1930s and 40s, Hoffman traveled extensively to the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, visiting his two brothers who owned a mining company and worked as prospectors. Much of his artistic output was a result of these travels- including portraits of the miners he befriended and etchings of the small mining communities he visited.

Mexican Miner. Irwin D. Hoffman. Etching, 1933. Edition unknown. Signed in pencil. LINK.

Mexican Miner. Irwin D. Hoffman. Etching, 1933. Edition unknown. Signed in pencil. LINK.

Miner at Rest. Irwin D. Hoffman. Etching, 1937. Edition 50. Signed and titled in pencil.  Second printing, c.1975. LINK.

Miner at Rest. Irwin D. Hoffman. Etching, 1937. Edition 50. Signed and titled in pencil. Second printing, c.1975. LINK.

 

 

 


Morris A. Blackburn (1902- 1979)

Born in Philadelphia, Blackburn studied at The Graphic Sketch Club and the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art, later continuing his education at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Blackburn was one of the first artists to use silkscreen (serigraphs) for fine art prints in the early 1940s, a printmaking technique he learned in WWII doing war posters and camouflage.

Known for exploring traditional and new printmaking techniques, Blackburn’s early prints were compositions of flat, bright color, moving towards abstraction. In fact, Blackburn experimented with all different media, including pottery, murals, furniture construction, and painting. He also wrote extensive and highly descriptive diaries, which offer great insights into his life as an instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, new techniques he had learned, and records of his art sales and exhibitions.

Blackburn won two Cresson Traveling Scholarships and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. His travels to Vienna, London, and Paris introduced him to works by artists like Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Turner, and Cezanne. He also studied printmaking at Stanley Hayter’s workshops at the Print Club, and the interactions with artist there were energizing and inspiring for the innovative Blackburn.

Space Planes. Morris A. Blackburn. Serigraph, c. 1950. LINK.

Space Planes. Morris A. Blackburn. Serigraph, c. 1950. LINK.


William C. McNulty (1889- 1963)

Born in Utah, McNulty studied at the Art Students League from 1908- 1909. McNulty began his artistic career as a newspaper artist and editorial cartoonist, working in Nebraska, Montana, and for several years at the Seattle Star under the pen name of VON-A. Encouraged to try his hand at etching by Joseph Pennell, McNulty became a talented printmaker, using New York City as his inspiration. He was exhibiting prints by 1927 and had prints included in the first International Exhibition of Etching organized by the Art Institute of Chicago in 1932. He taught illustration and composition at the Art Student League from 1931 to 1958, and simmer art school in Rockport, Massachusetts. Described as a “romantic realist” by a 1963 New York Times article, McNulty created prints of the city’s architecture and street life, all imbued with a sense of grandeur and resplendence. His later work was an eclectic mix of prints of circus performers, NYC dock scenes, pictures of bustling street markets, and experimentations with abstract, mosaic-like assemblages of interlocking flat shapes.

The Whirlpool. By William C. McNulty. Drypoint, 1930. Edition unknown. LINK.

The Whirlpool. By William C. McNulty. Drypoint, 1930. Edition unknown. LINK.

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Past/Present: Monkeys

Today we have a new P/P post, featuring two prints of monkeys. One is an early 19th century stipple and line engraving from “Storia Naturale Delle Scimie E Dei Maki..”, an Italian publication describing monkeys in their natural habitat. The second print is by 20th century artist Joan Drew. Drew is known for her playful and whimsical serigraphs. Serigraphy is a stencil method of print making, in which a design is imposed on a screen of polyester or other fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance. Ink is forced into the mesh openings by the fill blade and onto the printing surface during the squeegee stroke. The method is sometimes called silk screening or screen printing.

Both prints are currently available in our New York gallery, The Old Print Shop. We invite you to visit their store in person ( located at 30th Street & Lexington Ave, in NYC) or view their prints online here: La Mona & Monkey Puzzle.

Image on Left: La Mona. By Nicolas Henri Jacob. Published in Milano by Ferdinando Artaria, Gioachimo Bettalli, Fratelli Ubicini & Hugues. Engraved by L. Rados.  Stipple & line engraving, 1814.

Image on Right: Monkey Puzzle.  By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1963. Inscribed “12/71.”

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2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: The Children

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CHILDREN copyToday we present our are best gift ideas for the children on your holiday list. Instead of giving them clothes that they will grow out of, or toys they will lose interest in, why not gift them great art they can enjoy now and cherish later? These prints and maps would look great in a nursery or kids room, or adorning the living room and play room walls. Below are our gift suggestions for the children. Enjoy!

After the Rain II. By Antonio Frasconi. Woodcut, 1969. Inscribed "ed. 25." $600.00.

After the Rain II. By Antonio Frasconi. Woodcut, 1969. Inscribed “ed. 25.” $600.00.

Pet. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Inscribed "47/51." $95.00.

Pet. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Inscribed “47/51.” $95.00.

General Map of the United States. By John Bartholomew. Published by T. Ellwood Zell, Philadelphia. Chromolithograph, 1873. From " Zell’s Descriptive Hand Atlas of the World."

General Map of the United States. By John Bartholomew. Published by T. Ellwood Zell, Philadelphia. Chromolithograph, 1873. From ” Zell’s Descriptive Hand Atlas of the World.”

The Town / The Arriving. By Thomas Seawell. Silkscreen, 1982. Signed, titled, and in pencil.  Diptych. $300.00.

The Town / The Arriving. By Thomas Seawell. Silkscreen, 1982. Signed, titled, and in pencil. Diptych. $300.00.

Pig Bookseller. (Supplied title). Color lithograph, 1980. Whimsical scene of a street book vendor passing the store of "P. Sloat Ltd.  Bookseller."  All of the characters pictured are pigs.  Signed, "Hartt '80" in pencil and inscribed "239/250." $185.00

Pig Bookseller. (Supplied title). Color lithograph, 1980. Whimsical scene of a street book vendor passing the store of “P. Sloat Ltd. Bookseller.” All of the characters pictured are pigs. Signed, “Hartt ’80” in pencil and inscribed “239/250.” $185.00

Seald-Pep. Waverly Growers Cooperative. Color lithograph, c. 1930's. Image of old plane in flight. ORIGIN: Waverly, FL. SHIPPER/GROWER: Waverly Growers Cooperative. Original fruit crate label. $12.50.

Seald-Pep. Waverly Growers Cooperative. Color lithograph, c. 1930’s. Image of old plane in flight. ORIGIN: Waverly, FL. SHIPPER/GROWER: Waverly Growers Cooperative. Original fruit crate label. $12.50.

Coastal Whimsey. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Inscribed "44/55."

Coastal Whimsey. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Inscribed “44/55.” $225.00.

Johnny Sayre. By John Ross. Woodcut, Inscribed "Artists proof." $250.00.

Johnny Sayre. By John Ross. Woodcut. Inscribed “Artists proof.” $250.00.

Blue Deck. Sidney Hurwitz. Handcolored aquatint, 1994. Inscribed "22/25." $700.00.

Blue Deck. Sidney Hurwitz. Hand-colored aquatint, 1994. Inscribed “22/25.” $700.00.

Unicorn et al. (supplied title). By Arnoldus Montanus. Published by Jacob van Meurs, Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, 1671. From Montanus' "De Nieuwe en Onbe kende Weereld: of Beschryving van America".  This view collects a menagerie of unusual animals that are found in the Americas including the elusive unicorn, an eagle, beaver and deer. $85.00

Unicorn et al. (supplied title). By Arnoldus Montanus. Published by Jacob van Meurs, Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, 1671. From Montanus’ “De Nieuwe en Onbe kende Weereld: of Beschryving van America”. This view collects a menagerie of unusual animals that are found in the Americas including the elusive unicorn, an eagle, beaver and deer. $85.00

Check back soon for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view past gift guides, see below:

All sales can be made in store or over the phone. Our gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 10am to 5:20pm. The number at the gallery is (202) 965-1818.

 

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2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Nature Lover

You can find them hiking or bird-watching on weekends. They are avid gardeners. They are the nature lovers! These green-thumbed friends and relatives feel most relaxed when surrounded by the splendor of nature. So why not gift them a print of their favorite flower, mountain top, or butterfly? Below are our picks for the nature lover on your list. View more options on our website, under the category of Natural History. Enjoy and happy gifting!

Abies Hookeriana. (Mountain Hemlock). By William Richardson. Published by W. Blackwood, Edinburgh and London. Toned lithograph, original hand color, 1884. From the great multi-volume work on coniferous trees around the world, “The Pinetum Britannicum,” by Edward J. Ravenscroft. The focus was on foreign trees that were cultured in British gardens. $350.00

A Study in the Natural World. By Tenjin Ikeda. Linoleum cut, 2011. Inscribed “3/55.” $600.00

Cereus Bloom. By Marti Patchell. Copperplate etching and aquatint, 2009. Inscribed “17/30”. $250.00

Prairie Sunset. By Allan Simpson. Serigraph, 1987. Inscribed “6/30.” $600.00

Insectus Tab. 8. 1. Papilio Polydorus, var. – P. Antiphus. – 3. P. Melanides, – 4. P. Polyphontes. – P. Laocucus. – 6. P. Dissimilis, var. (Butterflies). By Dr. A. S. Mulder. Published by J. A. Susanna, Leiden. Lithograph with original hand color, 1839-44. From Coenraad Temminck’s “Verhandelingen Over de Naturlijke Geschiedenis de Nederlandsche Overzeesche Bezittingen.” Described as the “great survey and natural history of the Dutch East Indies.” $165.00.

Orchid Plant. By Idaherma Williams. Woodblock print, 2004. Inscribed “3/30.” $400.00

Etude de Seringat et Haricot d’Espagne. (Philadelphus – Mock Orange) Pl. 30. By Jean L. Prevost. Stipple engraving printed in color and finished by hand, 1805. From the “Collection Des Fleurs Et Des Fruits.” $2,350.00.

Fossils in Folds. By Heather McMordie. Lithograph, on Rives BFK paper, 2011. Edition 7/9. $150.00

The White Lily with Variegated Leaves. By Dr. Robert John Thornton. Aquatint, stipple and line engraving, 1800. From THE TEMPLE OF FLORA OR THE GARDEN OF NATURE. This fine publication had a total of thirty-one plates. They are among the most important (and most beautiful) botanical prints ever published. $7,250.00.

Blick auf den Pike’s Peak vom Garten der Gotter aus. Colorado. # 24. By Rudolf Cronau. Published by T. O. Weigel, Leipzig. Collotype; black and white,1886-7. One in a series of Rudolf Cronau’s American views from his ” Staaten und Territorien der Union.” Cronau was a German artist who traveled extensively in America. $295.00

Check back soon for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view past gift guides, see below:

All sales can be made in store or over the phone. Our gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 10am to 5:20pm. The number at the gallery is (202) 965-1818.

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Online Summer Shows at the Old Print Shop- Pt. 3

Our NYC sister shop, the Old Print Shop, has three fantastic summer shows going on right now. You can view all three summer shows  online, through their exhibition tab on their website.  Below is a preview of one of their shows, Summer in the Country.

Country Scene. By Peter Hurd. Color lithograph, undated.

Summer in the Country

The country: a place of great escape, where one can leave behind the hustle and bustle of their ordinary lives and enwrap themselves in the beauty that is nature. It is a place of endless entertainment, where natural wonders await discovery and hobbies, new and old, can be enjoyed by people of all ages. From mountain tops to canyon bottom, from horseback riding to sailing and fishing, there are any number of possibilities. One simply needs to find them.

Augustus. By Antonio Tempeste. Engraving, c.1600.

Fence and Shadow. (Newport, RI). By Bo Kass. Silver gelatin print, 2002.

Beach Study. By Richard Carleton. Etching, 2007-8.

Landscape, Cape Cod. By Agnes Weinrich. White-line woodcut, c.1920.

Summer. By Will Barnet. Color lithograph and serigraph. 1986.

The Beach at Dorset. By Ellen Nathan Singer. Etching, 2001.

Red Canyon. By Clare Romano. Collagraph, 1983.

To view Summer in the Country online,  click here. We blogged about The Art of Sporting exhibit last Friday, which can be viewed here, and the exhibit City Heat on Saturday, which can be viewed here.

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