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Tribune Tower. Martin Levine. Etching and aquatint, 2013. Ed. 10/50.  Image size 11 3/4 x 15 5/8 inches Signed and titled in pencil. LINK.

Tribune Tower. Martin Levine. Etching and aquatint, 2013. Ed. 10/50. Image size 11 3/4 x 15 5/8 inches Signed and titled in pencil. LINK.

Last Weekend for Form, Light, Line: Architecture in Print 

Stop by this weekend to see our exhibit Form Light Line: Architecture in Print before the show comes down on Sunday. This group show of 18 printmakers spans over 90 years of creative expression, with prints by 20th century American artists John Taylor Arms, Martin Lewis, and Armin Landeck coupled with works by cutting-edge, contemporary printmakers. Artists have long found beauty in the strength, durability, and utility of buildings. Form, Light, Line: Architecture in Print allows gallery viewers to experience familiar constructions through the artist’s eye- to visually explore how surfaces capture light, how windows both reveal and reflect, and how dimensional spaces can be flattened and abstracted into planes of light and dark.

“Architecture has a natural affinity with printmaking. Buildings begin as lines on paper and are increasingly likely to end up as unadorned assemblies of right angles and blank planes. There are some pictures in the Old Print Gallery’s impressive “Form, Light, Line: Architecture in Print” that are similarly stark. More of them, though, exalt the details of commercial, industrial or ecclesiastical structures.” Mark Jenkins, Washington Post 

Read the full Washington Post review here. See the prints selected for the show here.  Form Light Line: Architecture in Print will be on view until September 13, 2014.


Athletes. By John J. A. Murphy. Wood Engraving, c.1930. Image size 6 15/16 x 7 3/4 inches. LINK.

Athletes. By John J. A. Murphy. Wood Engraving, c.1930. Image size 6 15/16 x 7 3/4 inches. LINK.

Ink & Grain Opens Next Friday, September 18th

We are excited to announce our new fall print show, Ink & Grain, which will open next Friday, September 19, 2014 with a free opening night reception from 5-8pm at the gallery. Ink & Grain highlights 20th century printmakers who excelled in woodcuts and wood engravings. One of the most ancient forms of printmaking, the woodcut saw an energized revival during the 20th century. American printmakers experimented heavily with technique, by manipulating the grain of the wooden matrix and crafting new methods of ink and color application. Ink & Grain celebrates this renaissance and the skilled printmakers who worked in the form of editioned prints, hand-made books, and commercial book illustrations.

Selected Artists: Gustave Baumann, Asa Cheffetz, Werner Drewes, Leo Frank, Antonio Frasconi, Eliza Draper Gardiner, Norma Bassett Hall, Barbara Latham, Clare Leighton, John J. A. Murphy, Luigi Rist, Mabel Royds, Charles Svendsen, Paul Wenck, Lawrence N. Wilbur, and Adja Yunkers.

To see the prints selected for this show, click here. To read the full Ink & Grain Press release, click here.


A New Fall Showcase in October

The Old Print Gallery publishes informative quarterly showcases, to keep our collectors apprised of new prints added to our inventory and spotlight significant pieces they can add to their own personal collections. We are adding the finishing touches to our Fall 2014 Showcase, which will hit mailboxes and inboxes in early October.

Inspired by our Ink & Grain show, this Showcase will delve further into the world of woodcuts and wood engravings. By pulling pieces from our historical print (and map!) collection, 20th century works, and contemporary prints, we can track this printmaking medium through time. We also have gorgeous examples of 18th century maps of the Americas from likes of Thomas Kitchen, Robert de Vaugondy, and a special full-page feature on Fry & Jefferson’s A Map of the Most Inhabited part of Virginia. We round out the catalog with Audubon and Gould natural history prints, Currier & Ives landscapes, and a very unique print to grace the cover. 

Sign up below if you would like to be added to our Showcase mailing list:

 

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Washington Post Review of “Form, Light, Line”

Light/Steel/Air. William J. Behnken. Lithograph, 1979. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil. Edition 45. LINK.

Light/Steel/Air. William J. Behnken. Lithograph, 1979. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil. Edition 45. LINK.

Mark Jenkins, arts writer for The Washington Post, featured our Form Light Line: Architecture in Print exhibit in his most recent column. Follow the link below to read his article, and make sure to stop by the gallery before September 13 to see the show in person.

Washington Post August 30, 2014 Review of Form, Light, Line; Architecture in Print. 

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John Taylor Arms on Beauty

We found a great quote today, by the 20th century printmaker John Taylor Arms. Arms’ two prints, Lace in Stone and The Gothic Spirit, are currently on view in our “Form, Light, Line: Architecture in Print” gallery show at the Old Print Gallery. Stop by to see these painstakingly beautiful and meticulously astounding etchings.

“To love beauty and, loving it, to seek to express it, therein appears to me the function and the duty of the artist.” -John Taylor Arms

Lace in Stone, Rouen Cathedral. John Taylor Arms. Etching, 1927. Image size 14 1/8 x 11 1/4 inches. Fletcher 200. 18 in the French Church Series. Edition 100. Signed and dated in pencil. LINK.  (Double-click on image to enlarge.)

Lace in Stone, Rouen Cathedral. John Taylor Arms. Etching, 1927. Image size 14 1/8 x 11 1/4 inches. Fletcher 200. 18 in the French Church Series. Edition 100. Signed and dated in pencil. LINK.
(Double-click on image to enlarge.)

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Opening Reception for “Form Light Line: Architecture in Print”

You’re Invited…

Lace in Stone, Rouen Cathedral. By John Taylor Arms. Etching, 1927.

Lace in Stone, Rouen Cathedral. By John Taylor Arms. Etching, 1927.

“Form, Light, Line: Architecture in Print”

Opening Night Reception

Friday, June 20, 2014

From 5:00- 8:00 pm

at The Old Print Gallery

Free & Open to All Ages

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Form, Light, Line: Architecture in Print

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The Shadow of Brooklyn Bridge. By Emilio Sanchez. Color lithograph, 1988. Ed. 100. LINK.

The Old Print Gallery is pleased to announce its summer 2014 show, Form, Light, Line: Architecture in Print. This group show of 19 printmakers spans over 90 years of creative expression, with prints by 20th century American masters John Taylor Arms, Martin Lewis, and Armin Landeck coupled with works by cutting-edge, contemporary printmakers. Form, Light, Line opens on Friday, June 20, with a nighttime reception at the gallery from 5-8pm. The show will remain on view until September 13, 2014.

Artists have long found beauty in the strength, durability, and utility of architecture. Form, Light, Line allows viewers to experience the familiar composition of buildings through the artist’s eye- to visually explore how surface captures light, how windows both reveal and reflect, and how dimensional spaces can be flattened and abstracted into planes of light and dark.

(From Left to Right:) Urban Views #1. Urban Views #2B. Urban Views #4. By Patrick Anderson. Serigraphs, 2003.

From Left to Right: Urban Views #1. Urban Views #2BUrban Views #4. By Patrick Anderson. Serigraphs, 2003. LINK.

Highlights include a trio of black and white graphic serigraphs by Patrick J. Anderson, John Taylor Arms’ meticulous 1927 etching Lace in Stone, Rouen Cathedral, and a 1929 study for a large watercolor, Spiral Staircase, from the Martin Lewis estate. This pen and ink representation of the Queensboro Bridge is a delicate exploration of space and shading. Also on view is an Armin Landek 1941 engraving Rooftop, with accompanying annotated pen and pencil study for the print. The pair reveals the artist’s approach to perspective, as well as sketches of specific architectural elements, like moldings and chimneys.

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A Bronx Street Corner. By Martin Lewis. Pencil drawing, c.1946. LINK.

Selected Artists: Linda Adato, Patrick J. Anderson, John Taylor Arms, William Behnken, Grace Bentley-Scheck, Joan Drew, Richard Haas, Su-Li Hung, Sidney Hurwitz, Armin Landeck, Martin Levine, Martin Lewis, Frederick Mershimer, John Ross, Emilio Sanchez, Art Werger, Steven Yamin, and Alex Zwarenstein.

To see all the prints selected for Form, Light, Line: Architecture in Print, please visit our website.

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