The Association of Fine Printers in New York opened the largest event dedicated to print media, in its new location, at the pavilion of the Javits River in Hudson Yard, and runs until October 29.
That versatility is clear from the range of work found across the 80-plus booths at the 26th edition: woodcuts and engravings by Durer and Rembrandt, color aquatints by Jacques Villon, screenprints by Josef Albers, lithographs by Ellsworth Kelly and mixed-media collages by Mickalene Thomas.
The fair also reveals how the medium is evolving, with artists putting pressure on the conventions of print-making. While some of the artists featured below are better known for art in other media, they are producing prints “not derivative of anything else they’ve created,” Senecal says.
Michael Heizer at Durham Press. Hard Edge Etchings, shaped plate etchings with aquatint, edition of 28, set: $10,000; individual prints: $2,500. Collaborating with the Pennsylvania-based fine print publisher, the sculptor and land artist Michael Heizer have produced a portfolio of four intaglio prints called Hard Edge Etchings (2016). With their forceful slicing lines, Heizer’s abstractions are printed from special copper plates he designed to introduce a sculptural component to the printmaking process. The complex shapes also disrupt the stereotype of the print as an uncomplicated square.
Cornelia Parker at Alan Cristea Gallery. Fox Talbot’s Articles of Glass, nine polymer photogravure etchings, edition of 25, set: £12,000; individual prints: £1,500. From the research library at the University of Oxford, Cornelia Parker accessed eight pieces of glassware that appeared in William Henry Fox Talbot’s pioneering photograph Articles of Glass (from before 1844). For her photogravure etchings, the UK artist developed a technique that playfully combines two of Fox Talbot’s early photographic processes—prints made directly from sunlight and the intaglio photogravure process—by exposing Talbot’s glass directly on photogravure plates under UV light, then creating etchings from the results.
John Baldessari at Mixografia. Eight Colorful Inside Jobs, prints on handmade paper, edition of 50, $4,000. As a general trend, Senecal is seeing “bold, clean color” across the fair booths this year; John Baldessari’s prints are a case in point. Created with the Los Angeles-based publisher Mixografia, the series Eight Colorful Inside Jobs (2017) is printed on thick handmade paper that lends the simple geometric forms depicted—cubes, pyramids, cylinders—a three-dimensional weight and depth.