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Rare early engravings by Louise Bourgeois

October 25th, 2017

We are proud to offer some early engravings by Louise Bourgeois (French-American, 1911-2010).

In 1946 Bourgeois finally found her way to Atelier 17, the intaglio workshop that Stanley William Hayter had moved from Paris to New York in 1940. The expertise of Hayter and the array of international artists who worked there made the Atelier a center of printmaking activity in the city. When asked about the Atelier Bourgeois noted the social setting, she stated, “There were a lot of interesting people there…” The Chilean artist Nemecio Antunez, who spoke French became a good friend, and she developed a close relationship with Joan Miró when he was at the workshop in 1947. Bourgeois undertook there her most important print project of the forties: the book/portfolio He Disappeared into Complete Silence.  *Thanks to Deborah Wye, from The Prints of Louise Bourgeois.

From this period with 1949 we have Hanging Weeds Wye #56. Ours is a strong, elegant proof after the third state. We also have a proof impression of Plate 3 from the folio, He Disappeared into Complete Silence 1947.  These rare works came to us from Hayter’s own print collection, as did Nemecio Antunez’s City Dwellers 1950.  Mr Antunez (Chilean, 1918–1993) later became a major figure in Chilean art.

Louise Bourgeois Hanging Weeds 1949 engraving, state proof

Louise Bourgeois Hanging Weeds 1949

Nemecio Antunez City Dwellers 1950 etching with surface roll applied color

Nemecio Antunez City Dwellers 1950

New etchings by John Walker

October 24th, 2017

We are pleased to present a new prints project by the distinguished Contemporary painter, John Walker (born 1939, Birmingham, England) .  They are titled Fenway I, II, III, IV and the group was produced while Walker was a visiting artist at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Born in Birmingham, England, John Walker was awarded the Harkness and Guggenheim Fellowships. He was awarded artist-in-residence at Oxford University and Monash University, Australia. In 1972 he represented England at the Venice Biennale. He has taught at the Royal College of London, Yale University, and Boston University, and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum, MOMA, MFA Boston, Cleveland Museum, Tate Gallery, British Museum

Fenway II is a sugar lift aquatint with hand coloring.   The rough-hewn patterns and soft-edged colors are draw upon memory and observation of the New England landscape and seascape.  These robust works are the latest in Walker’s long and distinguished career.

John Walker, Fenway II 2017 sugarlift etching with hand coloring, image/sheet  30 x 22"

John Walker, Fenway II 2017

 

 

A new lithograph and drawings by Victoria Burge

October 20th, 2017

Victoria Burge makes prints and drawings that use systems of mapping to generate abstracted cartographies of imagined terrains.  We are very pleased to present her newest large-scaled, six-color lithograph with lots of hand work, Vega, 2017.  We will show this extraordinary new work at the 2017 IFPDA Print Fair.  Please ask to see it along with an earlier lithograph of the night sky and 2 new and related drawings.

Victoria Burge’s prints are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the British Museum, the Hunterian Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  She has been awarded Fellowships and grants in support of her work from the Independence Foundation, the Krasner-Pollock Foundation and will travel to Ireland in 2018 for a residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation.

Victoria Burge Vega 2017 six-color lithograph with hand coloring, edition 10

Victoria Burge’s Vega 2017

An important painting on paper by Norman Lewis

February 28th, 2017

Born in Harlem and working within New York City’s downtown art scene, Norman Wilfred Lewis (1909-1979) first began painting in a figural style grounded in social realism, focusing on bread lines, police brutality, and the struggles of black Americans. Lewis transitioned to a more abstract style of art during the 1940s and 1950s, continuing to focus on social inequalities but growing increasingly interested in personal expression rather than representation. Lewis’s shift to abstraction was driven in part by his realization that reproducing or mirroring social conditions did not adequately reflect his goals as an artist. At the same time the subjects of race and civil rights reclaimed Lewis’s work in a profound way in the 1960s.  Works like Untitled 1961 address political activism and humanitarian concerns through hazy visuals inspired by clandestine Ku Klux Klan gatherings and political marches and Labor Day parades.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art organized Procession, a major retrospective of Lewis’s works in 2016, which traveled to the Amon Carter Museum and the Chicago Cultural Center.  Curator and author Ruth Fine received a 2017 award of distinction from the College Art Association for the Norman Lewis exhibition catalogue.

UNTITLED 1961, oil on paper, signed and dated in recto

UNTITLED 1961, oil on paper, 19 x 26″

Anders Bergstom

October 31st, 2016

Anders Bergstrom’s  Brown Bag Test is emblematic of everyday commerce and discrimination. Each series of bags is unique.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired a set, Brown Bag Test, December 21, 2014, Proof and Counterproof, and it is handsomely installed in the rotating prints gallery #690.  From their label, “The brown paper bag is both a quotidian and a designed object.  Bergstrom creates miniature replicas with details such as jagged edges, seams, and inked numbers that are imitative of a bar code but which actually corresponds to the artist’s zip code.  This work’s title references the discriminatory practice in which an individual’s complexion is judged against the color of a brown paper bag, yet Bergstrom does not privilege one bag over another, instead arranging them on a spectrum from light to dark.”

Anders has explored the everyday paper bag in it’s multiple states of use–replicating the grease-stained and the crumpled.   Anders’s printed works are included in the permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale’s Beinecke Library, Smith College Museum of Art and the New York Public Library.  The Met’s  Brown Bag Test, December 21, 2014, is on view thru early January 2017.

Brown Bag Test August 02, 2016

Brown Bag Test August 02, 2016

Brown Bag Test December 21, 2014, Proof and Counterproof installed @ the Met

Brown Bag Test December 21, 2014 installed @ the Met

A large scale, unique woodcut by Matthew Colaizzo

September 17th, 2016

We are pleased to share a dramatic new work by this Philadelphia native.  Colaizzo’s work focuses on landscapes that blur the line between natural and unnatural. It contextualizes man’s mark on the earth with a broad view of nature. It involves ideas about natural history, cosmos, human progress, mystery, and spirit.

This large (36 x 96″), work was made by using multi-block woodcuts printed by hand to create landscapes that are inspired by the coal industry’s mark in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The scarred earth and mountains of coal are evidence of “human progress,” symbolizing man’s relationship with the earth, trying to seize and conquer it for our own benefit rather than relish in its mysteries.  With A Place on Earth, Matt takes inspiration from a contemporary landworks project– a highway rebuilding site that is both immediate and seemingly far removed from a densely populated city.

 

Matthew Colaizzo, A Place on Earth, 2015, unique woodcut

A Place on Earth, 2015

Alfred Bendiner’s Philadelphia

July 28th, 2016

Alfred Bendiner’s “And So I Give You Our Candidate and the Next President of the United States of America” 1948 captures the energy of convention week then and now in Philadelphia. Bendiner was trained as an architect but is better known as a celebrated cartoonist for the Philadelphia Bulletin known for his wry humor and social commentary. One can only imagine what he’d make of our 2016 presidential race.

This work was made in 1948 when both the Democratic Party Convention and the G.O.P. Convention were both held in Philadelphia.  We believe the wreathed candidate is Thomas Dewey, who famously lost to Harry Truman and became one of our most admired presidents.

We have an excellent selection of works by Bendiner (1899-1964).  Please ask for more images or, even better, come visit to see them face to face.

And So I Give You Our Candidate, 1948

And So I Give You Our Candidate, 1948

watercolor paintings & lithographs by Robert Riggs

February 16th, 2016

We are pleased to offer an excellent selection of watercolors and lithographs by Robert Riggs (1896-1970).  Riggs was one of the greatest artist-illustrators when publishing supported illustrators on a large scale.  Riggs’ success enabled him to travel around the world in the mid-1920s and included a stop in Algeria where he made our group of watercolor paintings.  Upon returned to Philadelphia he immersed himself in making lithographs, part of what he considered “dry medium”.  He began working with printer Theodore Cuno but soon decided he required a more experimental collaborator and found his way to George Miller in New York.  Riggs’ lithographs are held by museum collections throughout the USA and in England.  His subjects were the circus—he attended every performance when Barnum & Baileys set up their show in Philadelphia and befriended the performers.  Boxing was his other great passion.  Riggs produced images that put the viewer up close to the action if not in the ring.

Clown Acrobats, On the Ropes, Club Fighter & Bou Saada, Algeria lithographs and a watercolor by Robert Riggs

Clown Acrobats, On the Ropes, Club Fighter & Bou Saada, Algeria

Rare Modernist intaglio works by Helen Phillips

October 20th, 2015

American sculptor and print maker Helen Phillips born 1913, Fresno, California.  She studied at the School of Fine Art in San Francisco and learned direct carving techniques from Ralph Stackpole, who introduced her to Diego Rivera but Phillips was more excited by Oceanic and Pre-Columbian art than Social Realism.    Phillips won Phelan Traveling Fellowship which allowed her to work in Paris in 1936.   There, she entered Atelier 17, the intaglio print workshop where she met it’s founder and future husband, Stanley William Hayter. Learning to engrave copper in Paris had an important impact on the development of her sculpture, forcing her to become conscious of negative space.  She fled to New York in 1939 and became a pioneer of the New York School, exhibiting with Wilfredo Lam, Roberto Matta, David Hare, Isamu Noguchi and Arshile Gorky.
Phillips’s sculpture and intaglio prints are in the permanent collections of the Albright Knox Gallery,  Peggy Guggenheim, Venice,  Dallas Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, San Diego Museum of Art. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, New York, DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, Princeton University Art Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  She died in New York in 1995.

Helen Phillips, Danseuses, c. 1959 and Saltimbanques, 1954

Danseuses, c. 1959 and Saltimbanques, 1954

A new drawing by Tom Roese

August 7th, 2015

Tom Roese recently made a visit to Israel and as he never stops thinking about what he sees, he made this drawing when returned to his studio.  What at first seems to be a keenly observed view of urban housing soon becomes something much more complex.  Quietly modulated color and a cadence of architectural forms reward a careful look at this masterful drawing.  We will exhibit this and other recent drawings at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s 31st Annual Fine Print Fair, a benefit for the museum’s Prints and Drawings collections organized by the Print Club of Cleveland.

Tom Roese, Israel 2015

Israel 2015