On View: Hurvin Anderson @ CAM St. Louis

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Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 11–December 27, 2015. Photo: David Johnson.

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis – September 11, 2015 – December 27, 2015

Durham Press would like to congratulate Hurvin Anderson on his first major U.S. museum show at CAM St. Louis. Backdrop will include painting, sculpture, and never before seen photographs. This show continues to explore Anderson’s practice featuring memories and experiences derived from the communities where he grew up.

CAM St. Louis
3750 Washington Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108

For pricing and availability on Hurvin Anderson’s prints, please contact Gwyneth Fearhead, [email protected]

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New Release: Polly Apfelbaum | Time Machine Series

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Byzantine Time Machine 4 | 2014, Woodblock Monoprint, 37 x 70 inches

Durham Press is pleased to present a new series of woodblock prints by Polly Apfelbaum. Inspired, in part, by her time spend abroad as a recipient of the 2012-13 Rome Prize, these profound works reference the artistic and craft traditions of Italy and offer fresh perspectives on many themes that Apfelbaum has explored throughout her career.

Baroque Time Machine and Byzantine Time Machine are monoprint series in two sizes, 37 x 70 inches and 79 x 79 inches, which feature powerful, vertical lines. Their titles simultaneously suggest backward and forward temporal movement, signaling historical influences and new aesthetic directions. While the compositions of the two series recall some of her rug and fabric works, the addition of black – used sparingly in some prints and frequently in others – creates a more complex color palette and gives the prints “the weight of drapery,” says Apfelbaum. Conversely, the contrast provided by black ink makes certain colors radiate with fluorescent-light-like intensity.

The fluorescence of the dramatic monoprints is further emphasized by Apfelbaum’s employment of split fountain or “rainbow roll” techniques, in which multiple colors are partially mixed to achieve a continuous gradient effect. In the Time Machines, she features rainbow rolls across elongated surfaces, while with her large, diamond monoprints – Galla Placidia, Boethius, Rusticiana, Servilia Caeponis, Aurelia Cotta, Porcia Catonis – the technique is used on much smaller woodblocks. Inspired by the intricate patterns of Cosmati floors, the matrixes for these complex diamond prints are similarly crafted with roughly 1500 hand-laid, mosaic-like blocks. The geometric and chromatic variations throughout the prints give them a dynamism befitting of their titles, most of which refer to influential Roman women. Apfelbaum’s two new editions, Emperor Twist and Empress Shout, engage a similar diamond and zig-zag pattern on a more intimate scale. Completed after the Cosmati-inspired monoprints, Twist and Shout continue to explore variations in color and shape through an “intuitive but structured process.” The development and realization of this process has resulted in a prolific year of collaboration, and this new body of work represents Apfelbaum’s most ambitious and challenging prints to date.

 

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Durham Press @ The London Original Print Fair

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Durham Press will be exhibiting at The London Original Print Fair Thursday, April 23 through Sunday April 26, 2015. The LOPF is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary as London’s longest running Art Fair. Featuring all periods of printmaking, this intimate fair is the largest of it’s kind in Europe. The fair will be hosted at The Royal Academy of Arts located in Central London.

We will be exhibiting works by Hurvin Anderson, Polly Apfelbaum, Chitra Ganesh, Michael Heizer, Emil Lukas, Beatriz Milhazes and James Nares.

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The Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London W1JOBD

Hours
Thursday, April 23rd    10am – 9pm
Friday, April 24th       10am – 10pm
Saturday, April 25th    10am – 6pm
Sunday, April 26th      10am – 6pm

For more information about the fair, please visit londonprintfair.com.

 

 

On View: Durham Press Artist’s Fall Shows

 Mariposa, 2004 Acrylic on canvas 98 x 98 inches Private Collection Photograph by Sérgio Guerini. Courtesy of Galeria Almeida & Dale. ©2014 Beatriz Milhazes


Mariposa | 2004, Acrylic on canvas, 98 x 98 inches
Private Collection, Photograph by Sérgio Guerini. Courtesy of Galeria Almeida & Dale. ©2014 Beatriz Milhazes

Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botanico

PAMM, Pérez Art Museum Miami  – Sept. 19, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015

This is Beatriz’s first major U.S. retrospective and will feature over 40 large-scale abstract paintings, collages and screenprints inspired by Brazilian and European Modernism, Baroque forms, popular culture, and the decorations of Carnival.  During the early 1990s, the artist developed an unusual painting technique, in which she adhered separate images executed in acrylic paint—such as flowers, arabesques, lace patterns or peace-signs—onto canvases in a style that references collage, graffiti, and plastic decals. This practice results in richly textured surfaces that appear prematurely aged. The exhibition will  examine Milhazes’s evolution from softer, more decorative forms to harder-edged abstraction. Several Durham Press prints will be featured as well!

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Polly ApfelbaumNevermind: Work for the 90s

Worcester Art Museum – October 8, 2014 – March 1, 2015

Polly Apfelbaum’s exhibition for the Worcester Art Museum will focus on the 1990s and will include a selection of her rarely seen early synthetic velvet and fabric dye works which developed into her now-iconic floor installations (or “fallen paintings”), exemplified by Blow-Up (1997) in the Museum’s collection.

 

Architects Of The Future - City Inside Her | 2014

Architects Of The Future: City Inside Her | 2014, Woodblock and Screenprint, 25 3/4 x 44 1/4 inches

Chitra GaneshOn Paper: Alternate Realities

The Baltimore Museum of Art – September 21, 2014-April 12, 2015

An exhibition of 26 prints from a diverse group of artists, this new show explores the relationship between high and low art by reimagining the visual language of popular culture. Featured artists include Wangechi Mutu, Amy Cutler, Chitra Ganesh, and Enrique Chagoya.

 

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Levitated Mass | 2012, Sculpture, Diorite granite and concrete, 35 × 456 × 21 2/3 ft. Weight: 340 Tons
Courtesy of LACMA. © 2012 Michael Heizer

Michael Heizer, Levitated Mass: The Film

Levitated Mass is a film documenting the installation, transportation and sensation of Michael Heizer’s monolithic sculpture: Levitated Mass: The film was created by  Doug Pray and the sculpture is installed at LACMA. The film, which opened to rave reviews, can be viewed at the following:

Los Angeles, CA Landmark Nuart Opens September 5, 2014
Pasadena, CA Laemmle Playhouse 7 September 13 – 14, 2014
Seattle, WA SIFF Cinema September 26 – 28, 2014
Howell, MI Historic Howell Theater October 2 – 5 & 21 – 24, 2014
San Diego, CA Media Arts San Diego October 4 – 8, 2014
Portland, OR Northwest Film Center October 5 – 6, 2014
Santa Fe, NM CCA Cinematheque Opens October 10, 2014
Chicago, IL Gene Siskel Film Center October 24 – 30, 2014
New York, NY Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Opens November 14, 2014

 

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Untitled | 2014 ink on paper, 60 x 95 inches
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James NaresHigh Speed Drawings

Paul Kasmin Gallery – Currently to October 25, 2014

HIGH SPEED DRAWINGS demonstrates Nares’ masterful ability to capture precise moments in time and extend them through visual representation. In his new body of work, Nares introduces a new technique, using Chinese ink on paper to create rippling lines of various widths.

In a similar fashion to his Brushstroke paintings and ROAD PAINT series, Nares re-appropriates mechanical tools to create his artworks. He utilizes a spinning steel drum, powered by a motor. As the drum, with paper fastened to it, rotates, the artist draws lines of ink using paintbrushes he has created specifically for this body of work. As a result of the spinning drum and the artist’s precise movements, each band takes its own form. Nares’ artworks showcase his exploration on the subject of movement; some drawings he creates with one steady line, others from a continuously repeating stroke, but all manifest a careful choreography of spontaneity and control.”

Read James Nares “High Speed Drawings” article

 

Clarivel Centered | 2014 Rhinestones, acrylic, oil and enamel on wood panel 60 x 96 inches
courtesy of Galerie Nathalie Obadia © 2014 Mickalene Thomas

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Femme au Divan 

Gallerie Nathalie Obadia – September 11th – October 28th

A solo exhibition at Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris, including works from the Femme au Divan II exhibition in Monaco earlier this summer, a new selection of paintings, collages, and new film installation will be on view.’

I Was Born to do Great Things

Kavi Gupta Gallery – September 19 – November 15, 2014

I Was Born to do Great Things, at Kavi Gupta Gallery Chicago continues the exploration of my mother and muse, Sandra Bush. Following the film Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman (2012), the exhibition acts as a portrait of my mother through her belongings. Taking the form of a domestic installation, the exhibition will include a series of bronze works cast from these personal items. Carrying great significance to both mother and daughter, these articles of clothing and jewelry are destroyed through this process of casting and are preserved and transformed into highly finished objects of nostalgia and memory.

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New Release: Chitra Ganesh | Architects of the Future

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Architects of the Future | 2014, Woodblock and Screenprint, Ed. 25

Durham Press is proud to present Chitra Ganesh’s portfolio of prints, Architects of the Future.  The portfolio consists of four woodblock and screenprints in an edition of 25.  The prints measure 25 3/4 inches in height and range from 18 to 44 inches in width, and they combine between 15 and 40 impressions each.

In her drawing, painting, installation, text and film works, Ganesh excavates histories that typically have been excluded from the canons of literature and art.  She draws from a broad range of material including the iconography of Hindu, Greek and Buddhist mythology, 19th-century European portraiture and fairytales, song lyrics, as well as contemporary visual culture such as Bollywood posters, anime, and comic books.  Through a process of automatic writing, Ganesh probes these sources and narratives to uncover moments of absence and submerged desire.

In Architects of the Future, Ganesh integrates the visual language of 60s and 70s science fiction with imagery loosely inspired by the Amar Chitra Katha–a long-running comic series that portrays traditional Indian epics, history, and mythology.  The four prints form a nonlinear narrative of “unforseen desire and untimely loss” that occur in an alternate world in an imagined past and a distant future.  Within this retro-futurist universe, bodies, like time, are fluid.  They are doubled, dismembered, as well as exceeding their limits and extending into their surroundings.

By exploring bodies, space, and history through disparate visual languages, Ganesh asks her viewers to seek and consider alternate narratives of sexuality and power.  There are always untold stories trying to rise to the surface.

Chitra Ganesh is a Brooklyn-based artist who works–often collaboratively–in many disciplines, including drawing, painting, film, and text.  She holds her BA in Comparative Literature and Art Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA from Columbia University.  She is also an alumnus of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a 2012 recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Arts.

Currently, she is an Artist-in-Residence at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute and the first Kirloskar Visiting Scholar in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has also been spending much of her time in India, where she has been extensively studying Indian comics and visual culture.

Ganesh’s work has been exhibited at venues such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, the Asia Society, Bronx Museum of Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, White Columns, Momenta Art, and Apex Art in New York. International venues include the Museum of Contemporary Art (Shanghai), Devi Art Foundation (New Delhi), EVAM (Spain), Museum voor Moderne Kunst (Netherlands), ZKM (Germany), and the Prince of Wales Museum (Mumbai). She has displayed recent solo projects at the Gothenburg Kunsthalle, MoMA PS1, and The Andy Warhol Museum, and has shown her latest film at the Center for Asian American Media’s CAAM Fest.

Her work is represented in prominent international collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, and the Saatchi Collection. She is represented by Wend Norris Gallery in San Francisco. Architects of the Future is Ganesh’s first project at Durham Press.

Architects of the Future is available as a set or as individual prints directly through our gallery. Please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead for more information, [email protected]

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Studio shots of Chitra’s portfolio featuring the print “Away From the Watcher”:

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New Portfolio: Emil Lukas | Bubble-up

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Bubble-Up | 2013, Portfolio of 2 etchings and 7 screenprints, 23 3/4 x 17 inches each, ed. 35

Durham Press is pleased to announce Bubble-up, a new portfolio of prints by Emil Lukas. The portfolio consists of two etchings and seven screenprints, each measuring 22 3/4 by 17 inches. The nine prints are presented in a portfolio box and are published in an edition of 35.In Bubble-up, Lukas both recreates and re-imagines the unconventional materials and methods–including thread, larvae, bubble wrap and glass–of his acclaimed paintings and sculptures. The artist organized the prints in a three-by-three grid to give the overall composition of dots, lines, and other marks an upward and effervescent movement.Within this grid, two screen prints reference Lukas’s thread paintings, which he creates by stretching layers of threads across wooden frames. Taut, colorful lines crisscross Hum, and vertical strings accumulate into a dense mass in Curtain. Anatomy documents the wandering of larvae and ink on glass. By printing screens of the larvae’s marks, as well as several flat washes of transparent ink, the print achieves an opacity and depth similar to that of Lukas’s larvae paintings.The remaining prints in Bubble-up allude to Lukas’s distinct painting techniques while also exploring new mark-making possibilities through printmaking processes. In three additional screenprints, Lukas again used thread to produce images, but he broke away from his typical unbending lines. He created a variety of compositions, from the structured undulations of Curve to the more free-form entanglements of Blood and Release. Glass unexpectedly reinterprets an aspect of Lukas’s larvae work. Instead of exposing glass marked with ink, the screenprint subtly reveals the gentle variations in tone caused by overlapping his vacant substrate. The artist used bubble wrap to create soft ground etchings for Detail and Orb. Though they recall his bubble-wrap-cast paintings, Lukas composed the prints to highlight the individual textures and crumpled lines within each circle, or “bubble,” of the seemingly uniform utilitarian material. As with glass, thread or larvae, Lukas’s ability to accentuate the particularity of the everyday pervades this portfolio.

Art in Print wrote a wonderful review of Bubble-up in the January/February 2014 publication, click here to read the article in full. Emil has been working with Durham Press since 2001. Bubble-up is sold as a set or as individual prints, for more information please contact Durham Press.

For a behind the scenes look at Emil’s work and process in the studio, here is a great video produced by Blouin:

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Noteworthy: Durham Press in NY Times + Art in America

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Photo Courtesy of the New York Times

Durham Press just returned from the IFPDA Print Fair, where we were thrilled to have the front booth. Both The New York Times  and Art in America wrote great reviews of the fair and highlighted our booth and  Empress Theodora by Polly Apfelbaum. We showed wonderful new projects by  Beatriz MilhazesHurvin Anderson,  Chitra Ganesh, Michael Heizer, Emil Lukas,and James Nares.  Mickalene Thomas’s beautiful work from last year – Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires – was also on display. Below are a few snapshots of the booth.

Thanks to all of you who came to visit and have supported us through our 25 years in business! And thank you to all of our peers at the fair who have been loyal and great colleagues – it is a warm and talented group and a wonderful association!

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Durham Press @ IFPDA Print Fair

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Durham Press will be exhibiting at the IFPDA Print Fair from Thursday, November 7th through Sunday, November 10th with a preview day on Wednesday, November 6th. The annual fair is held at the Park Avenue Armory at 643 Park Avenue, New York, NY. Please visit us at Booth 301 at the front of the fair.In celebration of our 25th year in business, we have the honor of exhibiting in the front booth. We will be featuring new projects by Hurvin AndersonPolly Apfelbaum, Chitra Ganesh, Michael HeizerEmil LukasBeatriz Milhazes and James Nares

Durham Press was founded in 1988 in a beautiful restored school in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a short drive from New York City. Our facility houses a gallery and two printmaking studios, with silkscreen, hydraulic, and etching presses, as well as a large wood and metal shop. These studios and workspaces allow visiting artists the tools they need to explore the possibilities of printmaking and push the boundaries of this traditionally two dimensional media. Durham Press has been a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association since 2000 and has participated in the Print Fair since 2002.
FAIR HOURS
Opening Preview Wednesday, November 6th from 6:30-9pm
Thursday, November 7th from 12-8pm
Friday, November 8th from 12-8pm
Saturday, November 9th from 12-8pm
Sunday, November 10th from 12-6pm

 

New Edition: James Nares | Step Up

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STEP UP | 2013, Screenprint, 58 x 46 inches, Ed. 44

Durham Press is pleased to announce the completion of STEP UP, the latest edition print by James Nares. STEP UP measures 58 x 46 inches and is printed with over ten different screens and inks. STEP UP is printed on Saunders Waterford paper and is an edition of 44.

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Nares’s work focuses on movement, rhythm and repetition. His most iconic works are usually made as a single brushstroke, a visual recording of gesture and the passage of time across the canvas. Using brushes of his own design, he repeatedly creates and erases his strokes, over and over again, until he feels he has made a mark that represents a precise balance between intent and improvisation.

Each screen is printed with a different shade of ink in a slightly different profile, which gradually builds the image into a rich and highly textured finished print.

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James Nares was born in London in 1953 and currently lives and works in New York. His work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Paul Kasmin Gallery is currently featuring an exhibition of new paintings entitled “Road Paint”. The exhibition runs through June 22nd.

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New Edition: Mickalene Thomas | Sleep

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Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires | 2013, Woodblock, Screenprint, and Digital Print, 38 1/2 x 80 1/2 inches, Ed. 25

Durham Press is pleased to announce the completion of Mickalene Thomas’s Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires. The new edition is a large-scale mixed media collage, comprised of woodblock, silkscreen and photographic elements. It measures 38 ½ by 80 ½ inches and is made in an edition of 25.

Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires is based on a small collage that Thomas used to conceive both the print and a large painting (of same title) that featured prominently in her solo exhibition “Origin of the Universe”. The widely acclaimed traveling show, organized by the Santa Monica Art Museum, was at the Brooklyn Museum earlier this year. Sleep, both in title and subject, directly references Gustave Courbet’s erotic painting Le Sommeil from 1866, but transports the interior scene of reclining nudes to a disparate collaged landscape of bright color and pattern. The work hints at influences from the Hudson River Painters, Romare Bearden, David Hockney and Seydou Keita. Thomas deftly weaves themes of black female beauty, power, and sexuality into classical genres of portraiture and landscape, creating works of stunning originality and strength.

The print, Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires, is a remarkable work made with 61 colors, 58 screens, 27 individual blocks, and 50 different collage components, including mahogany and cherry veneers. Each component and process adds to the lush composition of color, texture and pattern. The figures included in the collage are printed from an interior scene Thomas composed and photographed at 20 x 24 Studio in New York using a large format camera. Many of the landscape photographs used in the print are from Thomas’s personal travel in Africa. This is Thomas’s second work at Durham Press. The first, Landscape Majestic, was produced using similar printing and collage techniques.

Mickalene Thomas has been working with Durham Press since 2010, and her prints are available directly through our gallery. Please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead for more information, [email protected].

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