Aquatint, Charcoal Drawing, Color Linocut, Color Woodcut, Drawing, Etching, Figurative, Lithograph, Pencil Drawing, Prints, Watercolor

“20th Century People” to Open in September

Untitled. [Young Girls.] Marion Greenwood, Lithograph, c. 1940. Edition unknown.  Image size 110 1/8 x 11 7/8" (257 x 302 mm). LINK.

Untitled. [Young Girls.] Marion Greenwood, Lithograph, c. 1940. Edition unknown. Image size 110 1/8 x 11 7/8″. LINK.

The Old Print Gallery’s new fall show, 20th Century People, will open on Friday, September 18th, with an opening reception from 5-7pm. The exhibit is a compendium of “people in prints” by some of the most celebrated 20th century American printmakers. Working and creating in a time when the art world was pushing towards abstract expressionism and modernism, these print artists stayed rooted in a sort of inherent figural humanism. With an exquisite ability to convey emotion through the anatomy of the human figure, the artists used their pencils, woodblocks, and burins to capture an arresting gaze, a fleeting moment between individuals, people at work, at play, and deep in thought. Seen together, these prints offer a glimpse of 20th century America, while also reminding viewers of our shared human condition. The show will remain on view until November 14, 2015.

Any Lobsters Today? Gordon Grant. Lithograph, 1946. Edition 250. Image size 9 1/8 x 12 inches. LINK.

Any Lobsters Today? Gordon Grant. Lithograph, 1946. Edition 250. Image size 9 1/8 x 12 inches. LINK.

Selected Artists: Peggy Bacon, Albert W. Barker, Will Barnet, Leonard Baskin, Thomas Hart Benton, Isabel Bishop, Abe Blasko, Ernest Fiene, Emil Ganso, Gordon Grant, Marion Greenwood, Irwin D. Hoffman, Martin Lewis, Charles W. Locke, James Penney, Robert Riggs, John Sloan, Bruce Waldman, Max Weber, and Anders Zorn.

Click HERE to see the prints included in the show. 

Single Strap Hanger. ISabel Bishop. Etching, 1950, printed 1981. Edition 25. Image size 8 1/4 x 3 1/4". LINK.

Single Strap Hanger. Isabel Bishop. Etching, 1950, printed 1981. Edition 25. Image size 8 1/4 x 3 1/4″. LINK.

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“Resonant Terrain” Opens This Week!

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Resonant Terrain opens on Friday, April 17th, with a nighttime reception at the gallery from 5-7pm. 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. This exhibit of landscapes in print features work by both 20th century and contemporary printmakers and will remain on view until July 11th.

Selected Artists: Philip Bennet, Grace Bentley-Scheck, Matt Brown, Charles E. Burchfield, George E. Burr, Letterio Calapai, Sylvie Covey, Joseph Essig, Richard Florsheim, Emil Ganso, Maya Hardin, George Overbury “Pop” Hart, Peter Hurd, Robert Kipniss, Gene Kloss, Evan Lindquist, Donald Shaw MacLaughlan, Thomas W. Nason, Margaret J. Patterson, Nancy Previs, Gerald Scheck, Steven E. Walker, Levon West, and Harry Wickey.

To see the prints included in the show, click here. 

To read more about the show, click here.

Image Credit: Iceland Rocks I. By Joseph Essig. Etching printed in color and finished by hand, 2014. Image size 12 9/16 x 10 9/16 inches. Signed and titled in pencil. Edition 65. Inscribed “1/65.”

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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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