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Holiday 2013 Showcase- Read it Now!

Our new Holiday 2013 Showcase has been sent out to our mailing list, and should hit mailboxes this week. The catalog features a wide range of prints and maps- including new Currier and Ives hand-colored lithographs, important early views from Henry Lewis’ Das Illustrirte Mississippithal, traditional holiday genre scenes, and a sampling of new contemporary prints (and accompanying  biographical information) from our local DC artists Deron DeCesare, Yolanda Frederikse, Jake Muirhead, Philip Bennet, and Susan Goldman.

Published in both traditional and digital media forms, we are now able to share our fantastic collection in a whole new way.  To receive our next Showcase in print, just send us your mailing information, via email.

Click the image below to read the Holiday Showcase:

The Old Print Gallery Showcase. Holiday 2013. CLICK TO READ!

The Old Print Gallery Showcase.
Holiday 2013.
CLICK TO READ!

We hope you enjoy it!

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New Additions: Deron DeCesare Prints

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NEW ADDITIONSLocal printmaker Deron DeCesare dropped off new (to us) prints at the gallery, and they are now all inventoried and up on the website. OPG blog readers might remember Deron’s work from our Past/Present: Union Station post, and visitors to our gallery would have seen one of his prints in our most recent Winter Contemporary Show. This most recent collection of work is a bit of a departure from his other prints- he has left the world of color monotypes and aquatints to explore the beautiful simplicity of  drypoint.

Drypoint is an intaglio technique, similar to engraving or etching. However, the lines produced by printing a drypoint are formed by the burr thrown up at the edge of an incised line, in addition to the depressions formed in the surface of the plate. A larger burr will hold more ink, and create a softer and denser line.  (In contrast, etchings or engravings have characteristically smooth, hard-edged lines.) To alter the size of the burr, a printmaker changes the angle of the needle on the plate. The steeper the angle, the larger the burr.

The wiping of the ink from the plate is also very important in drypoints, as much of the ink is held on the burrs (which are on the surface of the plate, instead of in the incised lines). For this reason, less pressure is applied during plate wiping, because the burrs are very fragile and delicate. Moreover, how an artist chooses to wipe his plate greatly affects the image. If the plate is wiped in the direction of the incised lines, then the artist will remove much of the ink, leaving a softer grey line. If the plate is wiped perpendicular to the line, more ink “catches” in the burr, and the line because darker.

Deron’s black and white color palette really exposes his  line work- you can tell he has an exceptionally tuned eye for shape and form. His soft grey lines do much of the small detail work- hinting at blades of grass or ripples of water- which tend to lead the eye into inky black sections of shadow. It’s also interesting to see an artist experiment with different size prints, as Deron does. His prints Wetland I and Wetland II are not more than 2 x 2 1/2 inches each, while Off Season runs much larger at approximately 5 x 9 inches. His larger prints benefit from precise and detailed line work, while his smaller prints rely on the beautiful transition between light and dark spaces. We are excited to share these prints with our readers. We hope you enjoy them!

Off Season. Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1994. $175.00

Off Season. Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1994. $175.00

Geese. Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1999. Edition 35. $175.00

Geese. Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1999. Edition 35. $175.00

Wetland I. Deron DeCesare.  Drypoint, 1999. Edition 50. $115.00

Wetland I. Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1999. Edition 50. $115.00

Wetland II. Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1999. Edition 50. $115.00

Wetland II. Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1999. Edition 50. $115.00

Three Trees - Manassas. Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1998. Edition 50. $175.00

Three Trees – Manassas. Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1998. Edition 50. $175.00

Farm by a Pond in Winter. Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1992. Edition 40. $175.00

Farm by a Pond in Winter. Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1992. Edition 40. $175.00

Tree in a Snowy Pasture. Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1992. Edition 40. $175.00.

Tree in a Snowy Pasture. Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1992. Edition 40. $175.00.

Dugout. Deron DeCesare.  Drypoint, 1999. Edition 30. $175.00

Dugout. Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1999. Edition 30. $175.00

You can view and inquire about his prints via our website here. 

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Print Roundup: Baseball

With the baseball season in full swing, we thought it as good as time as any to share our baseball prints with our readers. (They also make great Father’s Day gifts!!) We have prints ranging from the 19th century all the way up to modern representations of America’s favorite pastime. All of the prints, unless otherwise noted, are in our Georgetown gallery for viewing and buying. We also ship if you are not local to DC. Enjoy!

The Batter. By Su-Li Hung. Woodcut, 1999. Edition 50. $150.00

The Batter. By Su-Li Hung. Woodcut, 1999. Edition 50. $150.00

The American Base-Ball Players in England, Match between  the Red Stockings and the Athletics, Prince's Ground. Published in Harper's Weekly. Full page handcolored wood engraving, Sept. 12, 1874. $250.00

The American Base-Ball Players in England, Match between the Red Stockings and the Athletics, Prince’s Ground. Published in Harper’s Weekly. Full page handcolored wood engraving, Sept. 12, 1874. $250.00

A Collegiate Game of Base-Ball. By W. P. Snyder. Published in Harper's Weekly, New York. Wood engraving, hand colored, Aug. 31, 1889. A view of a baseball game in progress from the stands behind home plate. $600.00

A Collegiate Game of Base-Ball. By W. P. Snyder. Published in Harper’s Weekly, New York. Wood engraving, hand colored, Aug. 31, 1889. A view of a baseball game in progress from the stands behind home plate. $600.00

Bases Loaded. By Stanley Kaplan. Linocut, 2007. Edition 25. $250.00

Bases Loaded. By Stanley Kaplan. Linocut, 2007. Edition 25. $250.00

Base-Ball in England - The Match on Lord's Cricket Grounds between the Red Stocking and the Athletics. By Abner Crossman. Published in Harper's Weekly. Wood engraving, 1874. The U.S. and British flag are flying and a large white banner that states: "Champions of the United States." $120.00

Base-Ball in England – The Match on Lord’s Cricket Grounds between the Red Stocking and the Athletics. By Abner Crossman. Published in Harper’s Weekly. Wood engraving, 1874. The U.S. and British flag are flying and a large white banner that states: “Champions of the United States.” $120.00

The American Baseball Players at Kennington Oval - Visit of the Prince of Wales. By T. Walker Wilson. Published in The Illustrated London News. Wood engraving, hand colored,  March 23, 1889. Complicated composite of players in various actions situated around a central view of the game betwen the All-American and Chicago teams, whose members are shown on either side. $385.00

The American Baseball Players at Kensington Oval – Visit of the Prince of Wales. By T. Walker Wilson. Published in The Illustrated London News. Wood engraving, hand colored, March 23, 1889. Complicated composite of players in various actions situated around a central view of the game between the All-American and Chicago teams, whose members are shown on either side. $385.00

Baseball.  By Jake Muirhead. Etching, aquatint & drypoint, 2010. Inscribed, "A/P." $400.00.

Baseball. By Jake Muirhead. Etching, aquatint & drypoint, 2010. Inscribed, “A/P.” $400.00.

The Great Contest Between the Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn and the Athletics of Philedelphia, at the Capitoline Grounds, Fulton Avenue, Brooklyn, Monday, Oct. 16th. Published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. Wood engraving, Nov. 3, 1866. A lively scene of baseball between a Brooklyn and a Philadelphia team. Spectators surrond the playing field. $120.00

The Great Contest Between the Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn and the Athletics of Philadelphia, at the Capitoline Grounds, Fulton Avenue, Brooklyn, Monday, Oct. 16th. Published in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Wood engraving, Nov. 3, 1866. A lively scene of baseball between a Brooklyn and a Philadelphia team. Spectators surround the playing field. $120.00

Dugout. By Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1999. Edition 30. $175.00.

Dugout. By Deron DeCesare. Drypoint, 1999. Edition 30. $175.00.

BOOM! That N.L. Race.  (National Baseball League). By Willard Harlin Mullin. Ink wash with white highlights, c.1955. The bubbles above the three spectators "Ain't it Purty!; Magnificent!; Never Saw Anything Like It!." A fun cartoon showing the seven teams in contention. $1,100.00

BOOM! That N.L. Race. (National Baseball League). By Willard Harlin Mullin. Ink wash with white highlights, c.1955. The bubbles above the three spectators “Ain’t it Purty!; Magnificent!; Never Saw Anything Like It!.” A fun cartoon showing the seven teams in contention. $1,100.00 *At The Old Print Shop in New York City.

King of the Swingers. By Larry Welo. Etching with chine colle, 1996. Edition 100. $400.00

King of the Swingers. By Larry Welo. Etching with chine colle, 1996. Edition 100. $400.00. *At The Old Print Shop in New York City.

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2012 Winter Contemporary Show

The Old Print Gallery is pleased to present its 2012 Winter Contemporary Show, which will open this Friday, November 16, 2012. The show will be an assortment of works by both up-and-coming and established printmakers, in several mediums.  Highlights include a series of charged photolithographic landscapes by Sylvie Covey, beautifully involved linocut relief prints by Karima Muyaes and Tenjin Ikeda, and boldly hued prints by local artists Susan Goldman, Philip Bennet, and Joan Krash.

Bottles & Jars I by Peri Schwartz captures the crisp, luminous glow of the winter months and Neighbor & Orion II by Herbert Simon delivers a similarly poignant study of a hushed, nocturnal landscape, thanks to purposeful use of color. Local artists Jake Muirhead and Marti Patchell’s impressive draftsmanship result in intricate and delicate still lifes, elevating the familiar artichoke and cereus blossom in the process. Many of the artists in the 2012 Winter Contemporary Show are new to the Old Print Gallery, and offer a fresh approach to printmaking.

The exhibit opens with a nighttime reception at the Old Print Gallery on Friday, November 16, from 5-8pm. Many of the artists will be in attendance for the opening, to answer questions regarding their work and artistic process. The opening reception is free and open to all ages. The show will remain on view until February 9, 2013.

Selected Artists:  Philip Bennet, Sylvie Covey, Richard T. Davis, Deron Decesare, Yolanda Frederikse, Susan Goldman, Peter Gourfain, Tenjin Ikeda, Joan Krash, Richard Lubell, Paul Marcus, Ed McCluney, Judy Mensch, Jake Muirhead, Karima Muyaes, Marti Patchell, Matt Phillips, Susan Pyzow, Peri Schwartz, Herbert Simon, Ellen Nathan Singer, Hank Virgona, and Steven E. Walker.

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