Aficionados of fine prints and works on paper have a lot to enjoy this weekend!
New York's Fine Art Print Week kicked off last night with the gala opening of the International Fine Print Dealers Association's annual extravaganza, The Print Fair, held at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue at 67th Street. This is the 20th anniversary of the show and judging by the crowd mingling in the booths and aisles, it is very much a going concern. The IFPDA Print Fair continues to be the premier showcase for fine prints from Old Master through Contemporary, from Japanese woodcuts to French Surrealist illustrated books. 87 dealers from across the United States and Europe bring their finest wares hoping to entice a very knowledgeable public with something rare and essential to add to their collection!
I've worked in this field for over 20 years and I know a lot of the pieces and people, but this fair is always very special. Beside being a chance to see some of my favorite dealers and collectors, it is an opportunity to discover a treasure. This year was no exception with the star (for me at least) being a very early and exceeding rare and beautiful work by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner on the stand of Theobald Jennings, London. This tiny color etching was one of the first pieces created by the German Expressionist in his most famous series of street scenes and is one of only two examples, the other being in a museum collection in Davos, Switzerland.
A new fair, running concurrently and with the blessing of the IFPDA, is the Lighthouse Way Fine Print & Drawing Fair opening Friday evening at the Lighthouse Conference Center on 59th Street at Park Avenue. I am proud to be among the 25 dealers from the U.S., England and France who will participate in this inaugural show and am looking forward to seeing some old collecting faces and meeting some news ones too. Visitors can expect a very fine selection of works from Old Master through Modern and everything in between. I will be bringing a group of prints, drawings and watercolors from the Victorian Era through Art Deco with pieces by such artists as Helleu, Tissot, Chahine, Delaunay, Lepape, Bottini and many others. Please visit my website for an overview of my collection and if you would like a ticket, just drop me an email!
So if you're daffy for Dürer, wild about Whistler, or passionate for Picasso, this is a great time to see some wonderful works on paper!