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
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.
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.
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