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Past/Present: Central Park

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Our new Past/Present post  features  two prints of Central Park by Emil Ganso and Art Werger. Born in Germany in 1895, Emil Ganso was an accomplished painter, wood engraver, and lithographer, specializing in still-lifes, landscapes and nudes. Largely self-taught, Ganso immigrated to the United States in 1912. He first worked as a baker, while pursuing his art on the side. He started showing his work by the mid-1920’s and by 1925, Weyhe Gallery began to represent Ganso which gave him the funds to spend his first summer in the art colony of Woodstock, New York in 1926. He settled in Woodstock the following year, benefiting greatly from the artistic company of George Ault, Doris Lee, Charles Rosen, and George Bellows.   In the late 1920s and 1930s, Ganso also kept a studio at 54 West 74th Street, an artists’ building where Walter Pach and Theresa Bernstein had studios. This NYC studio was located just one block away from the west side of Central Park.

Art Werger grew up in the suburbs of New York where he developed a passion for drawing at an early age. After studying illustration and painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, he switched into the field of printmaking. Over the last thirty years, he has focused on etching, aquatint, and mezzotint, and has become an internationally renowned artist in those media- having received over 250 awards in national and international exhibitions. In 2012, he received the Award of the Rector at the International Print Triennial in Krakow, Poland and the Prize for Full Correspondence between Technique and Imagery at the First International Mezzotint Festival in Ekaterinburg, Russia.  Werger, although known for his narrative and lyrical prints based on his  suburban upbringing, has a series of cityscapes, with New York City as his inspiration. Intrigued by the interplay between city lights and cast shadows, Werger creates velvety rich prints of the day-to-day moments that play out in the city, including several of Central Park.

Image on Left: Pine Trees.  (Trees, Central Park).  Emil Ganso. Hard and soft ground etching, 1929.  Edition c.35.

Image on Right: Follow.  [Central Park, New York.] Art Werger. Mezzotint, 2005.  Edition 100.

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New Additions

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NEW ADDITIONSWe have a whole handful of new prints in the gallery- by both contemporary and early 20th century artists. Here is a sneak peek of our newest inventory. To see more, stop by our Georgetown gallery. We have refreshed several of our stacks to showcase our recent additions. We hope you enjoy them!

Moonlight, Number One. By John Taylor Arms. Etching and aquatint printed in color, 1920.

Moonlight, Number One. By John Taylor Arms. Etching and aquatint printed in color, 1920.

Slow Train through Arkansas. By Thomas Hart Benton. Circulated by Associated American Artists. Lithograph, 1941.

Slow Train through Arkansas. By Thomas Hart Benton. Circulated by Associated American Artists. Lithograph, 1941.

Sun Dappled House.  [Savannah, Georgia.] By Ellen Nathan Singer. Etching, 2008.

Sun Dappled House. [Savannah, Georgia.] By Ellen Nathan Singer. Etching, 2008.

Laguna Veneta. By James McBey. Etching, 1926.

Laguna Veneta. By James McBey. Etching, 1926.

Forest nocturne II. By Robert Kipniss. Mezzotint, 2000.

Forest nocturne II. By Robert Kipniss. Mezzotint, 2000.

Trotting Along. By Alice P. Schafer. Color linoleum cut.

Trotting Along. By Alice P. Schafer. Color linoleum cut.

Boats and Gulls. By John W. Winkler. Etching, 1960.

Boats and Gulls. By John W. Winkler. Etching, 1960.

Greenland Courtship. By Rockwell Kent. Lithograph on zinc, 1934.

Greenland Courtship. By Rockwell Kent. Lithograph on zinc, 1934.

Honeysuckle. By Mabel A. Royds. Woodcut printed in color, 1935-38.

Honeysuckle. By Mabel A. Royds. Woodcut printed in color, 1935-38.

Delivery. By Art Werger. Etching and aquatint, 2013.

Delivery. By Art Werger. Etching and aquatint, 2013.

Ryder House, Truro (after Hopper). By Mary Teichman. Color etching and aquatint, 2012.

Ryder House, Truro (after Hopper). By Mary Teichman. Color etching and aquatint, 2012.

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Past/Present: Night Light

Today we have a two nighttime scenes selected for our Past/Present feature.  Both artist featured below, Art Werger and John Sloan, are masters at composing implied narratives, compelling beyond the inherent beauty of brooding blacks intertwining with illuminating whites.  They are experts at creating atmosphere, an emotional depth and sense of human vulnerability- here using light from a single lamp to expose two very human and private moments.

“I always think of shade as being full of light. That is why I like to use the word shade rather than light and shadow. Shade seems to play over the thing, envelop it, better define it, while shadow seems to fall on the thing and stain the surface with darks.”- John Sloan.

Image on Left: Rag Pickers. By John Sloan. Etching, 1913. Edition of 100, printing of 55.

Image on Right: Calling Home.  By Art Werger. Mezzotint, 1989. Edition of 50.

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July Show Water at The Old Print Gallery

Gale, Old Wheeler’s Island. By Richard Carleton. Etching, 2001.

The Old Print Gallery is pleased to present Water, a group show featuring prints by local, national, and international contemporary artists. Water will open on Friday, July 20, 2012, with a nighttime reception from 5-8pm at the gallery. The show will be on view until September 14, 2012. With a subject matter as open and expansive as water, the show yields both personal and universal interpretations for artist and viewer.

Splash. By Philip Bennet, oil-based monotype,2004.

Abstraction and illusion are prominent in the works of Water. Judy Mensch’s woodblock Water 1 is a product of seven woodblocks, ten passes, and eight colors. The result is a dynamic distillation of water in stripes of deep blues and greens. Philip Bennet’s Splash, too, is an abstract blend of colors, forgoing form to capture a more visceral depiction of a plunge into watery depths. NY artist Peter Milton incorporates overlays of watery motifs in his large, dreamlike images. Here, water alludes to the shadowy depths of the subconscious, and hints at memories and influences from the artist’s past.

Waterfall. By Peter Milton. Digital print, 2010.

Some Fragments VIII-C. By Takamune Ishiguro. Etching and aquatint, 2005.

Marked is the artists’ ability to evoke watery imagery from the hard matrices of copper plates and woodblocks. Simple cuts and gouges transform into brilliantly dappled light on water’s surface in Karen Whitman’s Adrift. Likewise, rough, turmoil waves emerge from the constant rocking and reworking of the plate in Art Werger’s Requiem. Other artists highlight the liquid properties of inked media itself to communicate a watery essence. Takume Ishiguro’s use of aquatint and water-based inks in Some Fragments VII-C adds fluidity and glassiness to his macro depiction of water bubbles. Whether water is depicted in large scale or small scale, figuratively or metaphorically, its capacity to mesmerize and captivate artists’ attention is undeniable.

Selected Artists: William J. Behnken, Philip Bennet, Richard Carleton, Antonio Frasconi, Takamune Ishiguro, Stanley Kaplan, Alessandro Mastro-Valerio, Judy Mensch, Frederick Mershimer, Peter Milton, Clare Romano, Ilse Schreiber Noll, Herbert Simon, Mary Teichman, Art Werger, and Karen Whitman.

For more information, please visit our Events page on our website, or check out the images selected for the show on our Current Show page. We hope to see you all there at the opening!

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Water Opens July 2012

Join us on Friday, July 20, 2012 for the opening of Water at The Old Print Gallery. The reception will be held from 5-8pm, is free, and open to the public. Please visit our website for more information.

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