“Printmaking has the prerequisites for exact criticism. It is incisive, neat, doesn’t spill over, makes its point graphically. Like all people, I am critical; because I hope to be beautifully so, I am a printmaker. For me, printmaking honors, because it criticizes, a world that is vague, vapid, gray, indecisive, boring, wandering, wavering, hovering, in-between, hiding, teasing, fence-sitting, dim, paradoxical, political, fuzzy, shifting, shiftless, infinite, two-faced, uncommitted. Such a world is our very selves. The print is a trumpet call for definition, conviction, taking a stand. When I take the etching needle in my hand the shifting becomes fixed, the in-between definite, the dim clear, the hidden seen, the teasing full-throated. ” – Chaim Koppelman
Today we are sharing two architecture prints. The oldest is from one of the finest architectural works of the German baroque period, Paul Decker’s Fürstliche Baumeister, oder Architectura Civilis. The work was published in Augsburg, Germany by Peter Detleffsen in 1711, and featured plates engraved by several master engravers of the time, including Bodenehr, Englebrecht, Probst and Kraus. They illustrate Decker’s designs for royal palaces and country houses, with details of their interior decoration, gateways, and gardens. In contrast to other architectural texts from the same period which focused heavily on theory and history, none of Decker’s plates were accompanied with text or elaborate descriptions. Rather, his work in Fürstliche Baumeister was created solely with the aristocratic architectural patrons of Central Europe in mind, in hopes to influence and inspire them while they built their palaces and grand estates.
The contemporary print is by Linda Adato, a master of color intaglio. The subject matter of her prints varies from the architecture of New York City, to the chambers and ancient ruins of Europe, to her own backyard. She “enjoy[s] exploring the geometry of the structures in these images and capturing the light at a certain moment or time of day,” always drawing attention to the balance between light and dark, hidden and seen. Adato’s work is distinctive for its delicate synthesis of composition, subtle use of color, and classical elegance. She has been making color etchings for over twenty-five years and is exceptionally skilled at “a la poupee”, a one plate method of color printing where the colors are inked and wiped on the plate prior to printing.
Image on Top: Erste Seite der Furstle Hoff Capelle, mit dem Herrfchafftle Stuhl. By Paul Decker. Copper engraving, 1711-1716. Published by Peter Detleffsen. Image size 14 3/4 x 14 7/8″. LINK.
Image on Bottom: The Palace. By Linda Adato. Color etching with aquatint and soft ground, 1993. Edition 19/75. Image size 23 3/4 x 15 3/4″. LINK.
We are very happy to announce our upcoming summer show, PER∙FORM, which opens on Friday, July 19, 2013. As always, there will be a nighttime reception at the gallery from 5-8pm on that opening Friday. The show will stay up on the gallery walls until September 14, 2013.
PER∙FORM celebrates depictions of dancers, musicians, circus performers, and stars of the stage, and pulls from our inventory of both early 20th century and contemporary prints. Ranging from abstract to figurative, these compositions are ambitious and inventive in their attempt to capture sound, forms in movement, and the indefinable energy- both physical and emotional- that fuels and motivates performers.
Highlights include Stanley Kaplan’s Vibrato II, which uses multiple, repeated cuts into a linoleum matrix to mimic the quiver of its musical title and an original offset lithograph, circa 1938, that announces the arrival of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus performers to 5th and Florida Avenue in Washington, DC. Another showstopper is Robert Riggs’ Drum Major. Completed in charcoal and red crayon, Riggs uses deft and simple line work to conjure up a musician who has given his whole body over to the performance- back arched and foot in mid stomp.Several prints offer more intimate compositions- dancers hovering in the wings of a theater, a reserved and focused duo practicing for a recital. These serve as a nice contrast to scenes of rigorous athleticism and dramatic lighting mixing on center stage. As such, this collection of prints not only showcases the spirit and emotive vitality of performers, but also draws attention to the diverse venues in which these performers execute their talent. Scenes are set under striped circus tents and red-curtained stages, as well as on subway platforms and city streets- proving that these printmakers were inspired by acts of performance both practiced and spontaneous.
Selected Artists: Abe Blashko, Central PTG and Illinois Co., Robert Cook, Joseph Essig, Eugene C. Fitsch, Thomas Handforth, Maya Hardin, Stanley Kaplan, Dorie Marder, Doel Reed, Robert Riggs, Arnold Ronnebeck, John Ross, Andree Ruellan, Georges Schreiber, Thomas Seawell, Ellen Nathan Singer, John Sloan, Sam Swerdloff, and Bruce Waldman.
PER∙FORM on the OPG Website: click here.
PER∙FORM Press Release: click here.
Below are several yachting prints we currently have in active inventory. While the invention of sailing is prehistoric, the racing of sailing boats is believed to have started in the 17th century Netherlands. Custom-built yachting boats became very popular in England in the 19th century, and helped to increase the popularity of the sport. For years, brilliant displays of yacht racing, like famous match-races such as The America’s Cup, have been a source of inspiration to artists. We hope you enjoy this quick round-up of prints. We have many more nautical and yachting prints in our Georgetown gallery- so we invite our readers to stop by and see these striking and beautiful prints in person.
Our new Past/Present post features two prints of Central Park by Emil Ganso and Art Werger. Born in Germany in 1895, Emil Ganso was an accomplished painter, wood engraver, and lithographer, specializing in still-lifes, landscapes and nudes. Largely self-taught, Ganso immigrated to the United States in 1912. He first worked as a baker, while pursuing his art on the side. He started showing his work by the mid-1920’s and by 1925, Weyhe Gallery began to represent Ganso which gave him the funds to spend his first summer in the art colony of Woodstock, New York in 1926. He settled in Woodstock the following year, benefiting greatly from the artistic company of George Ault, Doris Lee, Charles Rosen, and George Bellows. In the late 1920s and 1930s, Ganso also kept a studio at 54 West 74th Street, an artists’ building where Walter Pach and Theresa Bernstein had studios. This NYC studio was located just one block away from the west side of Central Park.
Art Werger grew up in the suburbs of New York where he developed a passion for drawing at an early age. After studying illustration and painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, he switched into the field of printmaking. Over the last thirty years, he has focused on etching, aquatint, and mezzotint, and has become an internationally renowned artist in those media- having received over 250 awards in national and international exhibitions. In 2012, he received the Award of the Rector at the International Print Triennial in Krakow, Poland and the Prize for Full Correspondence between Technique and Imagery at the First International Mezzotint Festival in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Werger, although known for his narrative and lyrical prints based on his suburban upbringing, has a series of cityscapes, with New York City as his inspiration. Intrigued by the interplay between city lights and cast shadows, Werger creates velvety rich prints of the day-to-day moments that play out in the city, including several of Central Park.
Image on Left: Pine Trees. (Trees, Central Park). Emil Ganso. Hard and soft ground etching, 1929. Edition c.35.
Image on Right: Follow. [Central Park, New York.] Art Werger. Mezzotint, 2005. Edition 100.