Early 20th Century, Figurative, Lithograph, Prints

Marion Greenwood on Painting What You Love

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

Untitled. [Young Girls]. Marion Greenwood. Lithograph, c.1940. Edition unknown. Image size 10 1/8 x 11 7/8 inches. LINK.

“It was the time when surrealism and all kinds of -isms were in the air, and I remember how I finally decided the only thing to do is to be yourself. One thing I always had was a terrific love for human beings and people, and so I just painted with that thought in mind and immediately became quite successful with my easel work.”- Marion Greenwood

Quote from Oral history interview with Marion Greenwood, 1964 Jan. 31, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. LINK.

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“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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2014 Capital Art Fair This Weekend

CAF LOGOThe 2014 Capital Art Fair will take place in Arlington, VA, at the Holiday Inn-Rosslyn Westpark Hotel this weekend. We invite all our OPG blog readers and gallery friends to come to the fair, see our selection of great prints, and experience one of the best print fairs in the nation!

A successor to the Washington International Print Fair and the Washington Print Fair, the Capital Art Fair is now in its thirty-fourth year of bringing collectible and desirable art to the Washington, DC, area. This year, the fair boasts over 20 distinguished art dealers from across the United States (including The Old Print Gallery and our partners, The Old Print Shop).

Diana Cooper, Untitled (Double Blue), 2013, OG13DCO0969Visitors to the fair will find thousands of works on paper from great master prints to cutting edge, contemporary pieces. The original prints, paintings, drawings, and photographs span over 500 years of creative expression, offering an impressive and expansive selection to DC art collectors.

The Capital Art Fair presents an invaluable opportunity, both in access and convenience, to the seasoned art collector, as well as those looking to break into the market. It is the only art fair in the Washington, DC, area where an extraordinary range of fine art will be available for collectors, museums, and the curious to purchase. It also gives a chance for the vibrant DC art community to interact and talk with exhibitors and dealers who are highly respected in the field, many of whom are well known to the curators of DC museums and established members of the International Fine Print Dealers Association.

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Tickets to the 2014 Capital Art Fair can be bought at the fair for $10. OPG Blog readers can sign-up online for free admission. Feel free to invite friends, art-lovers, or collectors- the more the merrier!

Free Tickets

The fair hours are as listed below:

Saturday, April 5, 2014: 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, April 6, 2014: 11 am – 5 pm

The Holiday Inn-Rosslyn Westpark Hotel is located at 1900 North Fort Meyer Drive, Alexandria, VA 22209. It is just over the Key Bridge from Georgetown and only one block away from the Rosslyn Metro stop on the Orange and Blue lines. The Fair is located in the Second Floor Ballroom.

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More information, including directions and a list of participating dealers, can be found at the Capital Art Fair website: http://www.capitalartprintfair.com/

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Cleo Wilkinson prints

Clandestine. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2006. Edition 15. SOLD.

Clandestine. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2006. Edition 15. SOLD.

Cleo Wilkinson is one of our very talented contemporary artists, printing primarily in mezzotints, and working in Australia. Wilkinson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Auckland University in New Zealand. Her mezzotints have been exhibited in over 200 international juried group and solo exhibitions. She has been artist in residence and visiting artist in over 30 international locations. Cleo has been awarded numerous major international print awards, most recently being named the 2013 Shortlisted Finalist by the 2013 Print Council of Australia Print Commission, winning the 2013 First Prize in Traditional Printmaking in the International Contemporary Miniprint Kazanlak in Bulgaria, and winning the Director’s Choice Award and National Print Award in the 2013 CPM NSW, Australia.

We have four prints by Cleo Wilkinson in our 2013 Winter Contemporary Show. Of the prints we selected, three are still available to purchase and view on the gallery wall.

Hibiscus. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2004. Edition 15.

Hibiscus. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2004. Edition 15.

Artist Statement: 

“My interest lies in the power to evoke disquieting and elusive moments with the subtle nuances of light from the richness of the mezzotint printmaking technique (invented and unchanged since 1642).To find beauty in simple figures; isolating and raising them into the realm of poetry.

I try to emphasize the singularity, silence, and loneliness of a form; to translate the emotion and atmosphere around it. What is missing in the shadows and suggested provides the greatest potential for me.”

“The mezzotint technique is known as “maniere noire” it demands patience and precision. It is an extremely labor and time-consuming process; and intensely intimate one.  The technique is contradictory. You create the relief and then eliminate it, working from pitch darkness- painstakingly and carefully nursing the image out of the shadows and into the light. It has a primordial mystery.”

Pomegranates. Cleo Wilkinson.  Mezzotint, 2005. Edition 15.

Pomegranates. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2005. Edition 15.

Artichoke. Cleo Wilkinson.  Mezzotint, 2005. Edition 15.

Artichoke. Cleo Wilkinson. Mezzotint, 2005. Edition 15.

To see these print and more from our 2013 Winter Contemporary Show, check out our website here or visit our Georgetown gallery.

 

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