Known as the world’s leading fair for old master to contemporary prints, IFPDA Print Fair returns for its 23rd edition at the historical Park Avenue Armory in New York. As the largest art fair takes place on a four-day run from 6th November, the IFPDA dedicates the art fair for the best examples in printmaking done by great historic and new artists for dedicated International audience from curators to scholars. WIth the IFPDA fair celebration, Ultra Vie has chosen our favourites from the fair to you.
Combining his style from popular culture and cartoon, Takashi Murakami is known as an important contemporary artist. Using quasi-minimalist sculptures and giant inflatable balloons, his approach is an exploration of the contemporary society in Japan. The term “superflat” was coined by Murakami, in defining the Japanese art tradition aesthetics in their current culture, which is his own distinctive style.
American figurative artist Alex Katz is part of the Pop Art movement, and known for his bold simplicity in his paintings and prints. Katz’s attempt to create stylised portraits and landscapes in emphasising its flatness becomes a distinctive style for the artists in his prolific printmaking career.
Artist Robert Longo is also a filmmaker and musician, but he is well-recognised for his photo-realistic drawings that observes the role of politics and power within society. The cinematic quality drawings reflect the character’s lyrical movements, free-falling, repelling from the corporate culture.
American painter, as well as photographer, Ed Ruscha, started his artistic career by creating small collages, lake to Jasper Johns’ works. He soon started associating his apache with Pop Art and found other materials to make graphic works. Ruscha is known for his low-key rumour applied in his art, and has developed towards conceptual art in the process.
By using the language of American objects, Ed Ruscha has produced variations of rusted sign with their own narratives through its attention of gunshots, missing sections, and the layer of rust and grime. Ruscha’s attempt in creating each sign with its own story and history revived the element of visual culture as an act of creation, it’s own definition of a work of art.
Joan Mitchell was one of the artists of her generation who was heavily influenced by WIlliam de Kooning’s gestural style. Mitchell’s abstract strokes are expressively spontaneous, revealing vivid colours on white background. Mitchell’s first contact with abstract expressionist painters was when she attended Hans Hoffmann’s painting classes in New York, and soon achieved prominence in becoming one of the ‘second generation’ painters leading members of The New York School.
Painter and printmaker, Allan D’Arcangelo, os one of the leading artists in his generation of the Pop Art movement. D’Arcangelo paintings, known for its plain American highways decorated with signs, have been recognised as a way for him to express the social and moral issues within his surrounding, which had lead him in creating more commercially through screenprints.
Grayson Perry ranges his works from mediums of ceramics, prints and tapestry in exploring diverse contemporary themes. The 2003 Turner Prize Winner finds beauty of objects drawn into sgraffito drawing and handwritten stencilled text, transferred into glazed photographs indicating in-depth narratives. There are autobiographical references to Perry’s childhood within, as well as his alter ego, Claire, indicating darker themes and richer visual narrative in his creations.
In the twentieth century, Josef Albers was one of the most prominent printmakers. As a founding member of the Bauhaus, Albers have done a range of print media, such as etching, engraving, woodcut, lithography and screenprinting. Albers works illustrate the modernist aesthetic, and the admiration of what printmaking materials can offer in forming original artworks.
Manolo Valdés is one of the successful artists in mastering the principles of drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. The Spanish artist uses the style of Pop Art in questing art history into his works. Valdés etching, silkscreen and collage techniques are an influence to masters from Rembrandt to Matisse. With his unique twist, Valdés offers a distinct approach from their original context.
Pablo Picasso’s ‘Le Repas Frugal’ (‘The Frugal Past’) represents the artist’s first venture using print medium. The artwork reflects his impoverished state compared to other artists and poets who were close to his surrounding. Although the print did not gain much success when it was first published, it was Picasso’s most important print from the Blue Period.
In the early 1960s, David Hockney pioneered in the British Pop Art movement. Although Hockney denies as being a Pop artist, the public seem to take him as one. Hockney is known in experimenting a range of cutting-edge mediums, becoming a versatile artist in his rapid success. The ‘Tyler Dining Room’ is a depiction of the actual dining room in Ken Tyler’s home, Hockney’s printer founder of Tyler Graphics, Ltd. in New York.
Leda Catunda ‘Lovers’ are part of a 8-polymer gravure block prints series that were created in 2014. The Brazilian-born artists is currently living and working in her home town, São Paulo, and has done several exhibitions in Brazil as well as New York.
Marc Quinn has also contributed his work series, in which ‘Untitled 06′ is one of the 8 colour etchings and a colophon page from ‘Eye of History’. Quinn is known for his relation between art and science, the human body and other perceptions of beauty. The artist uses a range of materials, both traditional and contemporary, and a fundamental element in producing his artworks.
Walter Gramatté was a German Expressionist painter who perceived nature with a mystical view. Gramatté was known for exploring emotional visual narratives in his works. His ‘Qual’ was created by using powerful vivid colours, which add drama and is considered to be a highpoint in the artist’s entire graphic oeuvre.
Chuck Closes’ woodcut self-portrait consists of 84 colours, was a collaboration work with Master Printer Karl Hecksher. With his family, friends, as well as himself for his artworks’ subjects, Close’s portraits are distinctive as they tend to be larger than life and in multi-coloured detail. Close’s defines this as rendering a meaning rather than displaying a portrait of the subject.