The media spotlight’s glare this week may be on the multi-million dollar paintings and sculptures on the block at Christie’s and Sotheby’s Impressionist/modern auctions, but meanwhile over 90 dealers and publishers are setting up shop at the Park Avenue Armory for the 21st edition of the IFPDA Print Fair, which has a private opening tomorrow night, and runs through Sunday, November 6.
This tightly vetted fair is no sleepy event, however. As much as prints provide a gateway for the aspiring collector, they also attract major buyers. (Case in point, Christie’s, in its Wednesday evening sale, is putting two rare Picasso prints on the block.) And this fair has always offered an impressive historical scope, as evidenced by the slide show accompanying this post. There’s everything from 16th century Old Masters and Japanese prints to modern and contemporary works. In fact, brand new editions are a mainstay of the fair. (Look for work by Richard Serra at Gemini G.E.L. and Lisa Ruyter at Alan Cristea.)
IFPDA president Tara Reddi, a dealer with Marlborough Gallery, has been on the board of the organization a number of years and admitted to us that every time the fair rolls around “I shop there, even though I have to work.” Among her past purchases have been an 18th century Kuniyoshi, a Kiki Smith print, and a 19th century reliquary with a Mexican woodcut in it.
She’ll likely have a hard time resisting this year, as well. Just one of the finds on view: a 1920 lithograph by Otto Mueller, Adam and Eve, on offer at Alice Adam for $100,000. It is, we’re told, a unique hand-colored impression that has been in the same Boston collection for 45 years.
For a sneak preview of that and other offerings, click through the slide show at left.
Otto Mueller, Adam and Eve, 1920
Lithograph with hand water-coloring, at Alice Adam Ltd.
Andy Warhol, Liz, 1965
Lithograph in colours (offset). 1965. Signed and dated in blue ballpoint. From the edition of c.300. Drawn and printed at the studio of Total Colour, New York, 1964. Issued by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, 1965. At William Weston Gallery.
Otto Dix, American Riding Act, 1922
Etching on off-white wove paper. Signed, lower right, titled, lower center, and numbered 38/50, lower left. 13 5/8" x 15 3/4" (34.6 x 40 cm). From the edition of 50 impressions. Plate 7 from the cycle Circus (Zirkus). Karsch 38/II. Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York. At Galerie St. Etienne, New York.
Utagawa Hiroshige, Inside Kameido Tenjin Shrine, from the series "100 Famous Views of Edo", 1856
Woodcut. At Egenolf Gallery
Christoffel Jegher, The Garden of Love, with the Portraits of Rubens and his Wife Hélène Fourment (after Rubens), ca. 1630
Woodcut from two blocks printed on two sheets. Courtesy of C.G. Boerner, New York, NY. At C.G. Boerner, New York, NY
Rockwell Kent, Forest Pool, 1927
Wood engraving. At Childs Gallery
Alex Katz, Kym, 2011
Lithograph/screenprint/woodcut. Edition: 50. At Graphic Studio, Institute for Research in Art University of South Florida
Albrecht Durer, Coat of Arms with a rooster, c. 1500
Engraving. At August Laube
Pablo Picasso, Femme endormie [Dormeuse], 1962
Color linocut. Signed in pencil and numbered from the edition of 50. At Marlborough Graphics
Maurice de Vlaminck, Maisons à Bougival, 1913
Woodcut. Signed and numbered “7,” in pencil, from the edition of 30 impressions. At R.E. Lewis & Daughter Original Prints
Tony Fitzpatrick, The Tiger Koi, 2011
Etching, five colors. Ed: 40. At Diane Villani Editions
William Kentridge, Untitled (Man Turning Into a Tree), 2000
Linocut. Ed. 25. At Robert Brown Gallery
Anish Kapoor, Green Shadow, 2010
Series of 4 etchings, ed. 39, published 2010. At The Paragon Press