November 05, 2009

The Print Fair '09

Aficionados of printed works on paper have reason to celebrate this weekend - it's the annual Print Fair sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association. Once again the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street has been transformed into a print lovers paradise with 84 dealers from the United States, Canada and Europe exhibiting the finest examples of works from Old Master etchings to Contemporary Artists' Books.

My favorite booths at the fair include The Fine Art Society, London, with its lovely selection of works by Whistler and Sickert and Kunsthandlung H.H. Rumbler, Frankfurt, showed its usual magnificent inventory of works by Rembrandt, Dürer and Goya and Ursus Books and Prints, New York, covered an entire wall with a 1735 plan of Paris in which every building was drawn. Galerie André Candillier, Paris, presented European masterworks of the late 19th and early 20th centuries including Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir and Picasso. Hirschl & Adler, New York, offered very fine American prints by Mary Cassatt, Gustave Baumann and Childe Hassam. And The Redfern Gallery, London had the back wall filled with colorful Modernist woodblock prints by British artists.

There is something for almost everyone at this year's Print Fair! So if you're aching for an aquatint, eager for an etching or longing for a lithograph, the Seventh Regiment Armory is THE place to be!

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