Color Linocut, Color Woodcut, Contemporary, Early 20th Century, Etching, Gallery Opening Receptions, Gallery Openings, Linocut, Lithograph, Offset Lithograph, Prints, Woodcut

PER∙FORM to open in July

On the High Wire.  [New York, NY.] By Ellen Nathan Singer. Woodcut, 2010.

On the High Wire. [New York, NY.] By Ellen Nathan Singer. Woodcut, 2010.

PER∙FORM

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.

Vibrato II. By Stanley Kaplan. Color linocut, 2006.

Vibrato II. By Stanley Kaplan. Color linocut, 2006.

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.

Untitled. [Drum Major]. By Robert Riggs. Charcoal & red crayon, c.1930.

Untitled. [Drum Major]. By Robert Riggs. Charcoal & red crayon, c.1930.

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.

You said you had a Story?  (Sweet Smell of Success.). By Maya Hardin. Softground, 2002.

You said you had a Story? (Sweet Smell of Success.) By Maya Hardin. Softground, 2002.

Subway Dance. By Joseph Essig. Etching printed in color, finished by hand, 2007.

Subway Dance. By Joseph Essig. Etching printed in color, finished by hand, 2007.

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.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. Published by Central PTG. and Illinois. Co., Chicago, U.S.A. Offset lithograph, c. 1938.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. Published by Central PTG. and Illinois. Co., Chicago, U.S.A. Offset lithograph, c. 1938.

PER∙FORM on the OPG Website: click here.

PER∙FORM Press Release: click here.

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19th Century Prints, Contemporary, Drawing, Early 20th Century, Etching, Lithograph, Prints

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day from the Old Print Gallery

Mexican Madonna.  (Mexican Mother.) By Irwin D. Hoffman. Etching, 1944.

Mexican Madonna. (Mexican Mother.) By Irwin D. Hoffman. Etching, 1944.

Mother & Child. Werner Drewes. Graphite on green paper, 1947.

Mother & Child.  By Werner Drewes. Graphite on green paper, 1947.

Madonna and Child. Thomas Handforth. Etching, c. 1928.

Madonna and Child. By Thomas Handforth. Etching, c. 1928.

Mother's Joy. Published by Currier & Ives, 125 Nassau St. New York. Lithograph, c.1865.

Mother’s Joy. Published by Currier & Ives, 125 Nassau St. New York. Lithograph, c.1865.

Greenland Mother Nursing Child. By Rockwell Kent. Lithograph, 1934.

Greenland Mother Nursing Child. By Rockwell Kent. Lithograph, 1934.

Mother and Child. Lily Harmon. Etching, c.1966.

Mother and Child. By Lily Harmon. Etching, c.1966.

Chleuh Mother. By Thomas Handforth. Etching, 1928.

Chleuh Mother. By Thomas Handforth. Etching, 1928.

Mother's Joy. Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St., New York. Lithograph handcolored, undated.

Mother’s Joy. Published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau St., New York. Lithograph handcolored, undated.

Japanese Mother and Child. Martin Lewis. Pencil drawing, undated c.1920.

Japanese Mother and Child. By Martin Lewis. Pencil drawing, undated c.1920.

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Bronze, Early 20th Century, Etching, Past/Present, Prints, Sculpture

Past/Present: Camels

Today we have a new P/P post, featuring two representations of camels. The  earlier print is by 20th century American artist and etcher, Thomas Handforth. Handforth was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1897. He studied art at the University of Washington, and at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in France. Handforth lived in various locations such as Paris, India, North Africa, Mexico and China, and derived much of his subject matter from his travels. His best known work is a illustrated book entitled Mei Li (1938), which won the Caldecott Medal in ’39.

The contemporary sculpture is by printmaker and sculptor Robert Cook. Using the lost wax process, Cook’s bronze sculptures capture the human and animal form in movement. On sculpting his medals, Cook wrote, ” working with the circle is exciting as a limitation. Forms in a circle, at least to me, spin as if by centrifugal force, escape over the edge, or even widen into three dimensions and become spheres. Sometimes they leave the sphere altogether…” A one-man show of Cook’s bronze sculptures and prints, Capturing the Verve,  will be on view at the gallery from May 18- July 14, 2012.

Image on Left: Camels. [Untitled]. by Thomas Handforth. Etching, 1927. Edition unknown, signed in pencil .

Image on Right: Medal Camel Seated by Robert Cook . Bronze sculpture, 2002. Edition 1/10. Signed.


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Aquatint, Contemporary, Early 20th Century, Etching, Lithograph, Past/Present, Prints, Woodcut

Past/Present: Geese

Today we have a new P/P post, featuring prints of geese. The juxtaposition of the crisp white feathers against the inky black water is so striking in the first two prints by early 20th century artist Thomas Handforth and contemporary artist Su-Li Hung. On the second pair of prints, despite  different techniques and styles, the strong composition and graceful depiction of a goose’s elongated neck make these two prints a nice match.

Image on Left: Three White Geese by Thomas Handforth.  Etching and aquatint, c.1924.

Image on Right: The White Geese  by Su-Li Hung. Color woodcut, 1979.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image on the Left: Geese by Theodore Breidwiser. Published in Hartinger’s Wandtafen: Zoologie. Chromolithograph, c.1900.

Image on the Right: Canada Geese by Peter Gourfain. Woodcut, 1990.

 

 

 

 

 

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