October 2012 | Rebecca Rego Barry

International Fine Print Fair

Later this week (after the flood waters recede), the International Fine Print Dealers Association Print Fair comes to New York City's Park Avenue Armory. It is known as the largest international art fair that deals exclusively with printmaking, where prints in any medium, from the sixteenth century to the present, are on offer from ninety exhibitors. The IFPDA expects about 6,000 collectors and curators to attend, beginning on Wednesday with an opening night preview and running through Saturday. From Durer to Shephard Fairey, five hundred years of printmaking will be on view. Here are a few examples of what to look for:

MIXOGRAFIA_Valdez_WomanProfile.jpgManolo Valdés, Perfil I, 2003. Mixografía® print on handmade paper. Edition of 25, 44" x 31", 111.76 X 78.74 cm. Courtesy of Mixografia®, Los Angeles, CA.

FRENCH_Bellows_Sawdust.jpgGeorge Wesley Bellows (1882-1925), The Sawdust Trail, First State. Lithograph, 1917. Edition: 65 (first and second states combined), 27 x 20 3/8" (68.70 x 51.70 cm). Image: 25-7/16 x 20-1/8." Provenance: Dr. William A. Ellenberg. Signed by the artist's daughter, Jean Bellows Booth (JBB). Annotated in pencil lower left: "No. 6." Courtesy of Thomas French Fine Art, Fairlawn, OH.

PAULSONBOTT_GreenfieldSanders_WaderPink.jpgIsca Greenfield-Sanders, Wading II (Pink), 2012. Direct to plate photogravure and aquatint. Edition of 40, 31 1/2" x 30 1/2." Courtesy of Paulson Bott Press, Berkeley, CA.

In addition to fine art galleries and fine presses, antiquarian booksellers Ars Libri, Sims Reed, and Ursus Books & Prints are also exhibiting.