On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will face off against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Whether you are a fan of Tom Brady and the Patriots or your allegiances lie with the defensive-minded Seahawks, the game (and accompanying commercials, half-time show, and viewing parties) should result in an entertaining and fun event. To celebrate, we are sharing several of our football prints- both antique and modern- on the blog. Enjoy!
Today we have a new P/P post, featuring two prints of horse racing. We love the use of color and line present, which bring these two-dimensional prints to life. Primarily known as a highly skilled engraver of sporting prints, Charles Hunt (1803-1877) was both the artist and the engraver of the 19th century horse racing print featured below. The print depicts the 1841 Cheltenham Annual Grand Steeple Chase, a horse racing competition that is still the main event of the Cheltenham Festival held every March.
The early 20th century print is by British-born, Canadian artist Sybil Andrews. Andrews is best known for her modernist linocuts. Trained in England, she began working in linocuts in the mid-1920’s and exhibited regularly until 1939. She moved to Canada in 1947, settling in Campbell River, British Columbia. Her scenes depict the agricultural life of Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk, workingmen engaging in hard physical labor and people involved in recreational pursuits. Her art resonates with energy, relying on the interplay of fiercely angular shapes and sweeping blocks of color.
Image on Left: Cheltenham Annual Grand Steeple Chase. The Start. Plate 1. Drawn and engraved by C. Hunt. Published by I. W. Laird, London. Aquatint, 1841. [Early Re-strike].
Image on Right: Racing. By Sybil Andrews, Four-color linocut, 1934. Edition 52/60.
The 2012 IFPDA Print Fair kicks off tonight with its VIP Opening Night Preview. The fair will then open to the public tomorrow, Friday November 2, and continue until Sunday night. Unique among the world’s major art fairs for its focus on fine prints from all periods, exhibiting dealers are all members of the International Fine Print Dealers Association. Visitors to the fair have an unrivaled opportunity to view and acquire outstanding works across the diverse range of periods and specialties.
While the Fair is known among museum curators and major collectors for its rare and exceptional prints, excellent works can be found in all price ranges, including exciting new projects from today’s leading and emerging artists.
Our partners, The Old Print Shop, will be exhibiting at the fair. You can find them at Booth #100. Expect great prints at their booth, highlights include prints by Sybil Andrews, Diego Riviera, Childe F. Hasaam, Martin Lewis, along with works by very talented NY contemporary artists! Floor plans can be found here, along with a list of exhibitors.
FAIR DATES & TIMES
- THURSDAY 11/01: VIP Reception 5 pm, Opening Preview 6:30 – 9 pm
- FRIDAY 11/02: Open 12 – 8 pm
- SATURDAY 11/03: Open 12 – 8 pm
- SUNDAY 11/04: Open 12 – 6 pm
To purchase tickets to the IFPDA fair, click here.
The Print Fair takes place at the historic Park Avenue Armory located on Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets in the heart of Manhattan’s elegant Upper East Side. Map and directions here.