Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Plethora of Prints- Seen at the Park Avenue Armory Print Fair! Pt1

This Wednesday, the Park Avenue Armory debuted its annual Print Fair for 2013! Colors, shapes, styles, and techniques varied as far as the eye could see. While I had to pay ten dollars to enter (as a student), I have to say I enjoyed every minute of my time there. The best part is, now I get to share it with all of you, admissions price included!

PLEASE NOTE: All artwork displayed belongs to the artists mentioned! I was given permission by dealers to take the pictures used here. Please enjoy! 
The fair was set up in the large scale hall that makes up the center of the Armory. White walls partitioned the different dealers representing modern artists AND old master pieces alike. Shifting from one "booth" to the next, a viewer could find anything from Chick Close to Henri-Toulouse Lautrec!

Featured Artwork #1- Untitled (cityscape) by Nicole Lopez (2013, Intaglio print)

As a native New Yorker any work depicting an urban setting is bound to draw my attention. I was astounded by the incredible amount of detail that the artist put into each little building involved, and not just the large players in the background. The scale of the work (around 28 by 40 inches) leaves a lot of room for a rolling landscape. I love that her city isn't in a grid formation, like Manhattan. It makes it unique and alien to me. It makes me wonder, what city did she use for inspiration, if any?

It was nice to see a modern artist doing such extensive details in a realistic looking piece! Perhaps its because I'm more used to the abstract and crazy being more popular. Whatever the case, I didn't see any other print just like hers throughout the fair.

To show you how different prints can look, here is another artists work which showed up at the fair....
Featured Artwork #2- "Tracy" by Alex Katz (various printing methods, 2011)

These pictures can't begin to depict the rich color and texture to Katz's portraits! Her work is most definitely worth seeing in person. If you would like to see Katz's large scaled paintings, I know of three that are displayed at the MET. More artists and works in the next Plethora of Prints installment!

*For more info on the print fair, its location, how long it runs, and admissions prices, please click here.


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