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Serigraphy

Serigraphy ( also known as screen-printing or silk screen) is a versatile printing process, based on the stencil principle. The method first appeared in China during the Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD), and gained popularity in 18th century Europe, thanks to imports of silk from the East. A group of WPA artists, who later formed the National Serigraphic Society, coined the word “serigraphy” in the 1930s in effort to differentiate the artistic application from the commercial printing application. Serigraphy was later made famous in the 1960s by Andy Warhol, who used the medium to achieve a bold, commercial look in his pop-icon prints.

To make a serigraph, a fine woven fabric is tightly stretched and attached to a metal or sturdy wood frame. This forms the printing screen. A stencil is then created on the screen, by the application of a blockout. Artists have experimented with numerous blockout methods over time- including paper, hand-cut film, glue, photosensitive emulsion, and gelatin film. The blockout areas become the non-image areas. After the blockout is laid and dried, paper is placed below the screen and thick ink is squeezed into a line across the top of the screen. The ink is then dragged along the surface of the screen with a squeegee. This forces the ink to pass through the open area of the stencil onto the paper below. For multi-colored prints, a separate screen is required for each color.

Below are several serigraph prints we have in our OPG inventory, by early 20th century and contemporary artists. Hope you enjoy!

Trio. Dorie Marder. Serigraph, 1945. Image size 14 7/8 x 10 7/8" (377 x 276 mm). Edition 45. LINK.

Trio. By Dorie Marder. Serigraph, 1945. Image size 14 7/8 x 10 7/8″ (377 x 276 mm). Edition 45. LINK.

Urban Views.  (Large) #6B. Patrick J. Anderson. Serigraph, 2003. Image size 6 x 6" (151 x 151 mm). Edition 12. LINK.

Urban Views. (Large) #6B.  By Patrick J. Anderson. Serigraph, 2003. Image size 6 x 6″ (151 x 151 mm). Edition 12. LINK.

Coastal Whimsey. Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Image size 8 1/8 x 12 1/2" (210 x 320 mm). Edition 55. LINK.

Coastal Whimsey. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Image size 8 1/8 x 12 1/2″ (210 x 320 mm). Edition 55. LINK.

Prairie Sunset. Allan Simpson. Serigraph, 1987. Image size 16 5/16 x 20 1/4" (416 x 514 mm). Edition 30. LINK.

Prairie Sunset. By Allan Simpson. Serigraph, 1987. Image size 16 5/16 x 20 1/4″ (416 x 514 mm). Edition 30. LINK.

Dancing. Thomas Seawell. Serigraph and archival digital, 2010. Tondo - diameter 9 1/2 x 9 1/2" (240 mm). Edition 10. LINK.

Dancing.  By Thomas Seawell. Serigraph and archival digital, 2010. Tondo – diameter 9 1/2 x 9 1/2″ (240 mm). Edition 10. LINK.

Space Planes. Morris A. Blackburn. Serigraph, c. 1950.  8 5/8 x 12" (227 x 305 mm). LINK.

Space Planes.  By Morris A. Blackburn. Serigraph, c. 1950. 8 5/8 x 12″ (227 x 305 mm). LINK.

Pet. Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Image size 2 3/4 x 2" (72 x 40 mm).  Edition 51. LINK.

Pet. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Image size 2 3/4 x 2″ (72 x 40 mm). Edition 51. LINK.

Point Blank Distance. By Masaaki Noda. Serigraph, 1996. Image size 12 1/8 x 19 1/4" (308 x 488 mm). Edition 40. LINK.

Point Blank Distance. By Masaaki Noda. Serigraph, 1996. Image size 12 1/8 x 19 1/4″ (308 x 488 mm). Edition 40. LINK.

Hartling Bay. Richard T. Davis. Color serigraph, 1993. Image size 17 3/4 x 20 1/4" (445 x 509 mm). Edition 145. LINK.

Hartling Bay. By Richard T. Davis. Color serigraph, 1993. Image size 17 3/4 x 20 1/4″ (445 x 509 mm). Edition 145. LINK.

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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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Oscars Night Round-Up

The Oscars are this Sunday, so we have a themed round-up of prints, relating to the movies. With the majority of our inventory printed before the invention of the first patented motion-picture film camera (which was designed in 1888), we  had to pull prints from our early 20th century and contemporary inventory. The collection below ranges from prints of people enjoying movies, the outsides of old movie theaters, on-set images, and several drive-up movie theater scenes. We hope you enjoy!

Drive In Movie. By Cheryl A. Aaron. Etching with aquatint, c.1989. Edition 40. At The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Drive In Movie. By Cheryl A. Aaron. Etching with aquatint, c.1989. Edition 40.

Port au Prince, Movie Poster on Theatre Front, Haiti. By Bernard P. Wolff. Silver gelatin print, c.1970. Stamped with artists name and title verso. At The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Port au Prince, Movie Poster on Theatre Front, Haiti. By Bernard P. Wolff. Silver gelatin print, c.1970. Stamped with artist’s name and title verso.

Silent Movie. Linda Adato. Etching, aquatint and soft ground printed in color, 1992. Edition 75.

Silent Movie. By Linda Adato. Etching, aquatint and soft ground printed in color, 1992. Edition 75.

Double Drive-In Movie. Thomas Seawell. Silkscreen, 1980. Edition 35. At The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Double Drive-In Movie. By Thomas Seawell. Silkscreen, 1980. Edition 35.

At the Movies. By Peter Gourfain. Woodcut, 2000. Artist's proof.

At the Movies. By Peter Gourfain. Woodcut, 2000. Artist’s proof.

Deep in Hollywood. By Don Freeman. Lithograph, 1936.

Deep in Hollywood. By Don Freeman. Lithograph, 1936.

( All prints currently located at our sister gallery- The Old Print Shop in NYC- which is situated at the intersection of 30th Street & Lexington Avenue.)

 

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2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: The Children

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CHILDREN copyToday we present our are best gift ideas for the children on your holiday list. Instead of giving them clothes that they will grow out of, or toys they will lose interest in, why not gift them great art they can enjoy now and cherish later? These prints and maps would look great in a nursery or kids room, or adorning the living room and play room walls. Below are our gift suggestions for the children. Enjoy!

After the Rain II. By Antonio Frasconi. Woodcut, 1969. Inscribed "ed. 25." $600.00.

After the Rain II. By Antonio Frasconi. Woodcut, 1969. Inscribed “ed. 25.” $600.00.

Pet. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Inscribed "47/51." $95.00.

Pet. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Inscribed “47/51.” $95.00.

General Map of the United States. By John Bartholomew. Published by T. Ellwood Zell, Philadelphia. Chromolithograph, 1873. From " Zell’s Descriptive Hand Atlas of the World."

General Map of the United States. By John Bartholomew. Published by T. Ellwood Zell, Philadelphia. Chromolithograph, 1873. From ” Zell’s Descriptive Hand Atlas of the World.”

The Town / The Arriving. By Thomas Seawell. Silkscreen, 1982. Signed, titled, and in pencil.  Diptych. $300.00.

The Town / The Arriving. By Thomas Seawell. Silkscreen, 1982. Signed, titled, and in pencil. Diptych. $300.00.

Pig Bookseller. (Supplied title). Color lithograph, 1980. Whimsical scene of a street book vendor passing the store of "P. Sloat Ltd.  Bookseller."  All of the characters pictured are pigs.  Signed, "Hartt '80" in pencil and inscribed "239/250." $185.00

Pig Bookseller. (Supplied title). Color lithograph, 1980. Whimsical scene of a street book vendor passing the store of “P. Sloat Ltd. Bookseller.” All of the characters pictured are pigs. Signed, “Hartt ’80” in pencil and inscribed “239/250.” $185.00

Seald-Pep. Waverly Growers Cooperative. Color lithograph, c. 1930's. Image of old plane in flight. ORIGIN: Waverly, FL. SHIPPER/GROWER: Waverly Growers Cooperative. Original fruit crate label. $12.50.

Seald-Pep. Waverly Growers Cooperative. Color lithograph, c. 1930’s. Image of old plane in flight. ORIGIN: Waverly, FL. SHIPPER/GROWER: Waverly Growers Cooperative. Original fruit crate label. $12.50.

Coastal Whimsey. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Inscribed "44/55."

Coastal Whimsey. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Inscribed “44/55.” $225.00.

Johnny Sayre. By John Ross. Woodcut, Inscribed "Artists proof." $250.00.

Johnny Sayre. By John Ross. Woodcut. Inscribed “Artists proof.” $250.00.

Blue Deck. Sidney Hurwitz. Handcolored aquatint, 1994. Inscribed "22/25." $700.00.

Blue Deck. Sidney Hurwitz. Hand-colored aquatint, 1994. Inscribed “22/25.” $700.00.

Unicorn et al. (supplied title). By Arnoldus Montanus. Published by Jacob van Meurs, Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, 1671. From Montanus' "De Nieuwe en Onbe kende Weereld: of Beschryving van America".  This view collects a menagerie of unusual animals that are found in the Americas including the elusive unicorn, an eagle, beaver and deer. $85.00

Unicorn et al. (supplied title). By Arnoldus Montanus. Published by Jacob van Meurs, Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, 1671. From Montanus’ “De Nieuwe en Onbe kende Weereld: of Beschryving van America”. This view collects a menagerie of unusual animals that are found in the Americas including the elusive unicorn, an eagle, beaver and deer. $85.00

Check back soon for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view past gift guides, see below:

All sales can be made in store or over the phone. Our gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 10am to 5:20pm. The number at the gallery is (202) 965-1818.

 

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