Color Woodcut, Contemporary, Prints, Woodcut

Mary Manusos

“For many years my art has held together as a statement of color and response to places and situations I have experienced. Then in 1976, I become fascinated with the bright colors and light of Mexico.”

Oaxaca Column. [Two pieces stacked.]  Mary Manusos. Woodcut on handmade paper, 2010. Monoprint.

Oaxaca Column. [Two pieces stacked.] Mary Manusos. Woodcut on handmade paper, 2010. Monoprint.

We are happy to introduce the work of Mary Manusos to our blog readers. We featured California RB Two. [Hotel California.] and San Francisco LB Two. [Convento San Franciso.] in our RED show, and received many compliments from show attendees on her pieces and work. (San Francisco sold, but California RB Two is still available!) As a result, we recently acquired one of her Oaxaca series prints- a stunning woodcut diptych on handmade paper.

Mary Manusos was born in San Diego, California.  She studied at San Diego State University, then at University of Wisconsin at Madison. Manusos has been creating art for almost four decades and has had numerous single artist shows, juried shows, and has received nine grants. She has written numerous books, including D’ART OBJECTS and Woman’s Self Image. Her work is in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Tweed Museum, Cleveland Museum, and the Library of Congress.

Her fascination with the rich colors and textures of Mexican architecture and landscape resulted in the creation of 600 SX-70 photographs, which were manipulated “to accentuate the essence of each particular situation recorded.” The images were edited and published as D’ART OBJECTS, a collaboration between Mary Manusos and John Chakeres, in 1979. These photographs, along with her travels, played an important role in the structure and content of her subsequent art work.

Excerpt from Manusos’ Artist Statement:

“…Prints of landscape and architecture are close up views of a state of documenting then removing from the place they are found.  The resulting portraits of place and form are dismembered and put back together to make new propositions.  These images are usually found in simple situations on the course of a walk.  There is not much that distinguishes one building from another, a ditch, a road, a hedge, a blanket, or a flower.  The distinction comes when I decide to use an image and create its urgency.  The works are in response to what I feel about the Latin American landscape.  A landscape that is given meaning by the lives that it supports.  The variety of ephemera of human intervention and invention on the landscape is of great interest to me.  The history left behind evokes a story as I record it.  I can bring many emotions to the work through the use of my colors and the strength of my lines.  One can feel the weight of the place I am defining and the sunshine that exudes from it’s life force…”

(Mary Manusos, 7/30/09, http://www.marymanusos.com/mmfineartist/Statement.html

California RB Two.  [Hotel California.] Mary Manusos. Woodcut on handmade paper, 2009. Monoprint.

California RB Two. [Hotel California.] Mary Manusos. Woodcut on handmade paper, 2009. Monoprint.

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Karima Muyaes

Black & White. Karima Muyaes. Color reduction linocut, 2007.

Black & White. Karima Muyaes. Color reduction linocut, 2007.

We have two prints by Karima Muyaes gracing the walls of our RED exhibit- Cantos y Voces and Black and White- and her print Mujer de Cortze [Bark Woman] was featured in our last contemporary show. So suffice to say, we here at OPG are big fans of Muyaes and her work. Whether weaving ribbons of color around biomorphic shapes and symbols, or using radiating fine lines to compose her symmetrical black and white prints, Muyaes has mastered the art of composition. Her prints sample the patterns, colors, and symbolism found in her birthplace and current residence, Mexico City.

Cantos y Voces.  [Chants and voices.] By Karima Muyaes. Two-color etching and aquatint, 2005.

Cantos y Voces. [Chants and voices.] By Karima Muyaes. Two-color etching and aquatint, 2005.

Karima Muyaes was born in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1960. Her formal education began a the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), continued at the School of Fine Art at the Universidad de la Americans in Mexico City, and concluded at the School of Art in Toronto, Canada, where she specialized in printmaking at the storied “Open Studio.” Since 1981, Muyaes has exhibited her work in more than 30 individual “one-woman” museum and gallery shows and more than 50 group shows in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech Republic, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Exhibitions in Mexico City and Oaxaca include numerous prestigious galleries and museums: Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Galeria Casa Lamm, Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Universidad Anahuac.

Iluminacion. [Enlightment.] Karima Muyaes. Linocut, 2011.

Iluminacion. [Enlightenment.] Karima Muyaes. Linocut, 2011.

Plasma. Karima Muyaes. Linocut, 2011.

Plasma. Karima Muyaes. Linocut, 2011.

Muyaes has studied with a number of renowned international artists including Santos Balmoir, Juan Alcazar, and Curlee Holton. For over ten years, Muyaes has been an integral part of the internationally famous Experimental Printmaking Institute at Lafayette College, Easton, PA where she has participated in a number of avant-garde printmaking projects in association with artists from around the globe. Currently, she and her family live in Mexico City.

El Juego.  [The Game.] Karima Muyaes. Color reduction linocut, 2007.

El Juego. [The Game.] Karima Muyaes. Color reduction linocut, 2007.

Pareja.  [Couple.] Karima Muyaes. Etching and aquatint, 2000.

Pareja. [Couple.] Karima Muyaes. Etching and aquatint, 2000.

Chaman.  [Shaman.] Karima Muyaes. Color reduction linocut, 2007.

Chaman. [Shaman.] Karima Muyaes. Color reduction linocut, 2007.

 

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RED on WAMU’s Art Beat

A very BIG thanks to WAMU 88.5 and Lauren Landau for featuring our current contemporary show, RED, on their programming.  For all our out-of-town or radio-less followers, you can listen to the quick Art Beat post here:

WAMU Art Beat with Lauren Landau, February 20, 2013

The show is on view until April 13, 2013.  Many of the prints in RED are available for purchase, so we encourage everyone to stop by and see the prints in person. Our gallery hours are Tuesday- Saturday, from 10:00 am to 5:20 pm. You can also see the prints on our website, here.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts

Still searching for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift? Don’t know what to get that special someone? Check out our Valentine’s Day gift ideas below:

1. Antique Valentine’s Day Cards

While handmade Valentine’s Day cards were in existence long before, the first printed paper cards made in the United States appeared around 1840. We  have cards with cute sayings, sweet messages, and beautiful hand-cut paper lace. We also sell many stand-up cards with a base and several three-dimensional fold-out layers, which were popular designs from about 1895 until 1915.  Prices start at $15 and go up from there.

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My Love to Thee : Unworthy are my hands to hold those dainty hands in mine, : Unworthy are my lips to touch those rosy lips of thine… Paper lace, c.1900.

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I Love You. Hang on to me, My Valentine. Die-cut color lithograph. Undated, c.1920.

2. Flower Prints

Give her a bouquet of flowers that will never wilt and die. We have a very large antique print collection of flowers and floral arrangements. Hand colored in nature’s full spectrum and intricately engraved, these prints make a beautiful and thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift!

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[Monnoyer Floral Arrangement in Classical Vase]. By Jean Baptiste Monnoyer. Published by N. de Poilly, Paris. Etching with engraving, hand colored, c. 1670-80.

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Fritillaria imperialis. Linn. Pl. II. By Pierre Joseph Buchoz. Engraving, hand colored, 1775-78. From Buchoz’ “Histoire Universelle du Regne Vegetale”, published Paris.

3. RED prints

Our new contemporary show, aptly named RED, features prints in this passionate and romantic hue. Pick the bold and pulsating Fast Forward or go with the subdued and modern To be Received Again. The show features a huge range of styles to choose from. And if you are looking for a Valentine’s Day date idea- RED opens on February 15th, with a nighttime reception and party. Interesting art + free wine= great date!

Fast Forward by Rosemary Cooley. Monotype, 2006.

Fast Forward by Rosemary Cooley. Monotype, 2006.

To Be Received Again. By Heather McMordie. Lithograph with collagraph, on Stonehenge paper, 2012. Titled and signed by artist in print.  Edition 2/6. $350.00

To Be Received Again. By Heather McMordie. Lithograph with collagraph, on Stonehenge paper, 2012. Titled and signed by artist in print. Edition 2/6.

4. City Views and Maps

Gift your sweet someone a map or view of a special city. Whether it is of the place you met or married, a shared favorite travel spot, or where you both live (and love), city plans and scenes are a personal and unique gift idea.

Grundriss von Washington der neuen Hauptstadt der vereinigten Staaten von Nord-America. By Andrew Ellicott. From an unidentified German publication. Engraving.

Grundriss von Washington der neuen Hauptstadt der vereinigten Staaten von Nord-America. By Andrew Ellicott. From an unidentified German publication. Engraving.

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Le Penseur de Notre Dame. John Taylor Arms. Etching, 1923.

5. Cupid Prints

In classical mythology, Cupid (Latin Cupido, meaning “desire”) is the god of desire, affection and love. Celebrate and pay homage to this winged matchmaker with a print from the 17th century “Amorous Mottoes.”

Omnia fentit Amor.  XIII. By A. Diepenbeke. Published Antwerp. Copper engraving, hand colored, 1660. 17th century Amorous Mottoes, with Latin inscriptions.

Omnia fentit Amor. XIII. By A. Diepenbeke. Published Antwerp. Copper engraving, hand colored, 1660. 17th century Amorous Mottoes, with Latin inscriptions.

Omnibus aptus Amor.  XV. By A. Diepenbeke. Published Antwerp. Copper engraving, hand colored, 1660. 17th century Amorous Mottoes, with Latin inscriptions.

Omnibus aptus Amor. XV. By A. Diepenbeke. Published Antwerp. Copper engraving, hand colored, 1660. 17th century Amorous Mottoes, with Latin inscriptions.

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