Pie and Flowers. By Wanda H. Gag. Drybrush drawing, c.1928.
From the earliest depictions of penny farthings and velocipedes on dirt lanes, to modern-day prints of bike commuters navigating busy city streets, our prints celebrate and illustrate the convenience, athleticism, and joy of cycling. Some of our historic prints show the bicycle in its earliest stages of development- with over-sized front wheels, or still lacking pedals or gears. They also highlight the beginnings of a strong “bike culture” in the 19th century. Many took to this popular form of transportation and amusement, going on long afternoon group rides or joining cycling clubs. We also have several great racing prints, showing fans at the velodrome, watching racers sprint around and around. Contemporary artists like Art Werger, Susan Pyzow, and Su-Li Hung have also depicted cyclists in their prints.
We hope you enjoy our bike print round-up, and we invite you to visit our Washington DC and New York City galleries to view these prints in person!
AT OPG= Print is located at The Old Print Gallery, 1220 31st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. www.oldprintgallery.com t: 202-965-1818
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Emilio Sanchez was born in Camagüey, Cuba in 1921. In 1944, he began his artistic training at the Art Students League in New York, where he lived until he died in 1999. However, it was in Cuba that he became fascinated with the play of light and shadow on colored forms, which became a dominant characteristic of his works. His early works of the 1950s are stylized and figurative, depicting themes such as portraits of friends and models, views of New York, and tropical landscapes.
In the 1960s, his works became significantly more abstract, though always maintaining a strong sense of naturalism. It is during this decade that his work matured and he began to develop his well-known paintings of houses and architectural themes. These architectural works stand out for their simplified forms and colors. Stripped down to interlocking blocks of color, these structures acquire universal meaning. With ease, he seemed to capture the effect of light on color, making it vibrant and visually clear. Despite the fact that his buildings are often devoid of visible inhabitants, they hold a strong living presence of their own.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he further explored architectural themes by traveling to countries around the Mediterranean. His travel experiences found their way into his art. For example, in Morocco he was impressed by the stark white vernacular buildings. His prints from this time use white buildings as a beautiful contrast to small pops of color or little details- he would emphasize the panes in a window or brightly colored awning.
He also printed architectural scenes of New York during the 70s and 80s. These prints exhibit a rare stillness, especially compared to scenes of this bustling metropolis by his artistic contemporaries.
In addition to his architectural works, Sanchez explored a variety of themes selected for their strong compositional value- such as still lifes of fruits and flowers, sailboats, clotheslines and sunsets over the Hudson River. Different from his linear renderings of buildings, these other works demonstrate his versatility in painting looser, amorphous forms. In the 1990s, Sanchez’s attention focused more on New York urban scenes of storefronts, garages and skyscrapers.An artist with an independent voice and international acclaim, Sanchez has had over sixty solo exhibitions and has been included in numerous group shows in museums and galleries in the United States, Latin America and Europe. His art is well represented in private and public collections, including over thirty museums like the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has also received prestigious awards as first prize at the 1974 Biennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico. *Biographical information from the Emilio Sanchez Foundation
Today, we are featuring our holiday gift picks for the DCist. These are gifts for the Washingtonian, the federal worker, the lobbyist, the cupcake coveter. They love our federal city, so what better gifts than prints and maps that show the city from its founding days up to the present? These city plans and views are sure to delight. Below are our gift selections for the DCist. Enjoy!Check previous posts for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view other 2012 gift guides, see below:
- Gifts for the World Traveler
- Gifts for the Nature Lover
- Gifts for the Sports Fan
- Gifts for the Children
- Gifts for the Foodie
- Gifts for the Abstract Admirer
All sales can be made in store or over the phone. We also ship prints and maps, flat and insured, using FedEx 3 Day Shipping. Our gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 10am to 5:20pm. The number at the gallery is (202) 965-1818.
Today we offer you a quick look at some of our war-time posters, published by the U.S. Government Printing Office. The GPO was founded in 1861 and is celebrating its 150 year anniversary this year. It has been located at the same corner of H Street and North Capital Street NW since its founding, and has played an integral part in our nation’s printing history, especially during war time. The posters featured below were printed during the years of United States’ involvement in WWII and emphasized the need for increased production, financial support through the purchase of war bonds, and above all, secrecy. Using lithography, the printers were able to produce posters with hand-drawn lettering and bold colors, despite urgent deadlines, a limited workforce, and a sharp decrease in printing supplies.