The Old Print Gallery is very excited to announce our new summer show, Ross/Romano. The show will open on April 19 and stay on view until July 13, 2013. The exhibit features the work of John Ross and Clare Romano, internationally known printmakers, teachers, and husband and wife creative duo. Their prints sample architecture, waterways, and canyon vistas- a visual record of their travels to Italy and the Southwest. Working in the medium of collagraphy and woodcuts, prints by Ross and Romano marry texture and color in a beautiful and skillfully layered way. A free nighttime reception will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 5-8pm at the Old Print Gallery, to celebrate the show’s opening.
Ross and Romano’s book ”The Complete Printmaker”, first published in 1972, has been called the definitive textbook on printmaking, and is still in use today at universities and art schools. The prints selected for this show will heavily showcase the duo’s talent and expertise at collagraphy- a true printing hybrid that involves collage applied to a plate, printed by intaglio or relief methods.Romano’s canyon scenes weave together textural ribbons of dusty rose and bright orange. Her abstract bands evoke sky, land, and water, harmoniously flowing into one another. In contrast, Ross builds his compositions with interlocking, architectural shapes, resulting in layered city views. Blending the Gothic archways and vaults of Venice with the stark skyscrapers of New York, Ross creates fantastical urban landscapes that seem right out of Metropolis.
John Ross is a painter, printmaker, book artist and Professor of Art. He has served as president of the Society of American Graphic Artists, and is active in a number of art organizations. He printed and illustrated many books with original prints. He has had over sixty one-artist shows and is represented in many museum collections. Ross studied at Cooper Union School of Art, Parson School of Design, École des Beaux-Arts, New School for Social Research, Columbia University, and Istituto Statale d’Arte in Italy. He taught printmaking at the New School for over fifty years and has been a professor of art Manhattanville College.
Clare Romano was born in Palisades, New Jersey, in 1922. She studied at Cooper Union training as a painter. Her first prints were lithographs produced at Robert Blackburn’s workshop in 1949; but she has worked in many different mediums. She is best known for her stunning woodcuts and for her collagraphs. She is a noted educator, teaching generations of artists printmaking at the New School, Pratt Graphics Center and Pratt Institute. Throughout her career she has received numerous awards and has had many one artist shows. Her work is in museums across the United States and Europe.
We are very excited to announce our early spring show, RED, which will open with a nighttime reception on February 15, 2013. RED is a group show of contemporary and early 20th century printmakers who feature the emboldened and passionate hue of red in their prints. Red is the color of blood, fire, earthen clay and blushing petals, and as such, has strong symbolic connections to life and vitality. The selected artists use this energizing pigment to excite the eye and engage viewers- drawing them into their dynamic compositions.
Highlights include a monotype, Fast Forward, by Washington, DC artist Rosemary Cooley, whose concentrated red tones pulsate beneath more delicate looping white and blue strokes. Similarly, red weaves its way along limbs, eyes, and biomorphic shapes in Cantos y Voces and outlines two faces in Black & White, both by Karima Muyaes. Here, red symbolizes blood-ties and familial relationships, linking disparate visages together into a cohesive whole.
Red also is used by artists in representations of our natural world. It shows up in the rust-colored canyons of John Ross’s collagraphs, in the flushed petals of Clare Romano’s Mallorcan Flower and Nina Muys’ Hibiscus, and in the ominous and bruised red and purple sky of Frederick Mershimer’s Eye of the Storm.
The show will be on view until April 13, 2013. We encourage all our blog readers and gallery followers to attend the RED opening reception and show, to see these beautiful and striking prints in person.
Selected Artists: Will Barnet, Grace Bentley-Scheck, Robert Birmelin, Rosemary Cooley, Antonio Frasconi, Susan Goldman, Mary Manusos, Tokoha Matsuda, Heather McMordie, Judy Mensch, Frederick Mershimer, Karima Muyaes, Nina Muys, Michael Pellettieri, Matt Phillips, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Clare Romano, John Ross, and Hank Virgona.
Today we present our are best gift ideas for the children on your holiday list. Instead of giving them clothes that they will grow out of, or toys they will lose interest in, why not gift them great art they can enjoy now and cherish later? These prints and maps would look great in a nursery or kids room, or adorning the living room and play room walls. Below are our gift suggestions for the children. Enjoy!
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The Old Print Shop has a contemporary exhibit on view now, Clare Romano and John Ross: Collagraphs and Drawings of the Southwest. Clare and John met while studying at Cooper Union in the early 1940’s. They were married in 1943, just before John went to Italy during WWII. It is unusual for two married artists to have such highly acclaimed individual careers, but they have managed to make a name for themselves though their writing, printmaking technique, and art.
They wrote, published, and illustrated several books together, the first being Manhattan Island in 1957. One of the most important publications was The Complete Printmaker, published by Macmillan in 1972 and updated and reprinted for decades.
Both artists were professors at several colleges and universities over their careers. Clare Romano taught at the Art Center of Northern NJ from 1960-1965, New School University, NYC from 1960-1973, Pratt Graphics Center from 1963-1987, Pratt Institute from 1964-1991 and the Pratt Institute Summer Program in Venice, Italy from 1988-2007.
John Ross taught at New School for Social Research from 1957-2008, Manhattanville College from 1966-1986, Cooper Union from 1967-1969, and Columbia University from 1983-1984.
The process of collagraphy is particularly identified with John Ross and Clare Romano. Ross began making collagraphs while teaching printmaking for the U.S.I.A. in Romania in 1964. He was teaching etchings and drypoints when a shortage of zinc plates occurred. In a desperate bid for materials, he started working with cardboard and glue to replace the zinc plates.
To see more prints in the show, you can view them online here.