Five Centuries of Printmakers
September 12 - October 25, 2014
Curated by Michelman Modern
The Curator Gallery is pleased to present Print Facets: Five Centuries of Printmakers, curated by Rebecca Michelman. From the 17th century mezzotint printers whose secret techniques revealed light from darkness, to the inventions of sugar lift and spit bite methods, Print Facets explores the rich and complex medium of print art. The exhibition opens on September 12th and will run through October 25th, 2014.
A lover of art history, Rebecca Michelman tackled the ambitious goal of presenting five centuries of printmaking in one 1600 square foot gallery. Intrigued by artists who have dedicated their lives to perfecting their craft, Michelman tracked down rarely seen work by seasoned printmakers from California to Paris. Visits to living master printers, the passionate professionals who interpret the visions of other artists, uncovered treasures from their personal collections, as well as never seen printwork of their own making. Master printer Judith Solodkin contributes woodcut prints by Richard Bosman and digitally embroidered prints, her specialty. Kathy Caraccio contributes her own work, as well as a selection of prints from her personal collection. Bill Hall, master printer at Pace Editions, contributes his own abstract expressionist prints exhibited for the first time.
Rebecca Michelman’s fascination with the influence of old master printers on living artists produces a show full of juxtapositions. The sapphire gemstone in John Torreano’s 1990 woodcut “Oxygems” is paired with a German Expressionist woodblock portrait by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff from 1910. Contemporary artist Allen Grindle’s woodblock work is paired with a Max Pechstein woodblock from 1922. Liz Chalfin’s etchings are influenced by the mysterious darks of Edward Hopper’s “Night Shadows.” The printmaking of over forty contemporary artists stands alongside historical prints from the 16th to the 20th centuries, including works by Goya, Durer, Rembrandt, and Warhol. The exhibition will feature a “Print Bar,” an interactive display in the back room where unframed work can be examined more closely.
Rebecca Michelman of Michelman Fine Art is a private art dealer in a family business specializing in Impressionism, Modern, and Post-War Art. Rebecca has been lecturing groups on how to start an art collection at The Curator Gallery’s weekly seminars since its opening in March of this year
The Curator Gallery is a fine art gallery located on 23rd Street in Chelsea which collaborates with notable guest curators for each exhibition. Founded and underwritten by Ann S. Moore, the retired Chairman and CEO of Time Inc., the gallery’s mission is to bring exposure to hardworking artists, as well as to educate and expand the pool of engaged, serious collectors.
Featuring the work of: Allen Grindle, Tara Misenheimer, Jean-Luc Le Balp, John Torreano, Valerie Hammond, Briony Morrow-Cribbs, Ben Moreau, Jan Branham, Kathy Aoki, Lothar Osterburg, Jessica Dunne, Nancy Hubbard, Holly Downing, Bill Hall, Liz Chalfin, Joan Dix Blair, Melissa Belli, Kathy Caraccio, Eldzier Cortor, Lucas Almeida, Sarah Brayer, Janet Compere, Trevor Huskey, Hugh Kepets, Chunwoo Nam, Merle Perlmutter, Adam Pitt, Minna Resnick, Stewart Shedletsky, Harriet Shorr, Carol Wax, Wei Ging Yuan, Richard Bosman, Liliana Porter, Joe Andoe, Enrique Chagoya, Robert Kushner, David Avery, Margot Myers, Andre Ribuoli, Jean Pierre Hebért, Jennifer Mahlman, Brad Ewing, Beryl Korot, Kehinde Wiley, and Andrea Sulzer.
A selection of masters from the 17th-20th centuries will be shown, including: Rembrandt van Rijn, Albercht Durer, Francisco Goya, Wallerant Valliant, Giovanni Piranesi, Honore Daumier, Max Pechstein, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Andre Derain, Jacques Villon, Tod Lindenmuth, Raoul Dufy, Jan Matulka, Fritz Eichenburg, George Bellows, Edward Hopper, Martin Lewis, Harriet Lanfair, Pablo Picasso, Louis Lozowick, Letterio Calapai, Joseph Hirsch, Armin Landeck, Barnett Newman, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, and Kiki Smith.