New Release: Mickalene Thomas | Interiors

Interior: Fireplace with Blackbird / Interior: Blue Couch and Green Owl

Interior: Fireplace with Blackbird / Interior: Blue Couch and Green Owl

Mickalene Thomas has completed two new prints with Durham Press: Interior: Fireplace with Blackbird and Interior: Blue Couch and Green Owl. Based on collaged paintings the artists created in 2012 and 2014, respectively, the two new works combine a multitude of processes and elements, including screenprint, woodblock, wood veneer, etching, flocking, gold leaf, and digital printing. Each print measures 42 3/8 x 34 1/4 inches and is published in an edition of 26.

Both Interiors depict mid-century living rooms, which Thomas encountered in The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, an eighteen volume book set from the early 1970s that instructs readers how to design and care for domestic spaces. The artist used these found photographs as the basis for each composition and added her own imagery and various textures. Thomas has linked her interest in these images of interiors to both the landscape and portraiture traditions. Her collage technique emphasizes the dynamic angular lines of each image and layers together different perspectives to create complex spatial relationships. The incorporation of natural elements—from the greenery and terrain visible through the windows to the representations of birds—further evokes the sense of an expansive environment.

Though neither Blue Couch and Green Owl nor Fireplace with Blackbird feature any people, the prints closely relate to Thomas’s portraiture practice. In her Interiors, the architecture, furniture, and the decorations of everyday spaces are entry points from which to explore questions of personal perception, self representation, and the gaze. “Oftentimes the interior landscape is created as a sort of mask,” she said of Blue Couch, “A way of not only hiding what is beneath the surface, but also of projecting an image of beauty, power, or elegance.” These particular interiors, however, are not rooms inhabited by specific people or families, but idealized—or once-idealized—rooms that serve as exemplars of “good housekeeping.” As such, these fractured, amalgamated interiors also examine the collective facades that inform our individual notions of home.

The Interiors, as well as other prints by Thomas, are available directly through Durham Press. For more information, including pricing, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead

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On View: Jacob Hashimoto + Emil Lukas @ Palazzo Flangini, Venice

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Photos courtesy of Studio la Città, Verona

Palazzo Flangini, Venezia | May 13, 2017 – July 30, 2017

Internationally recognized artists Jacob Hashimoto and Emil Lukas have been invited by their represented gallery, Studio la Città, to present a site-specific show at the Palazzo Flangini in Venice. The End of Utopia, which also runs during the biennale, showcases new bodies of work by both artists.

“Hashimoto and Lukas’s work addresses a question of newfound relevance: If art is arguably the interpolation of man-made schema onto nature—humankind’s order upon primordial chaos—then how does art’s meaning mutate, as we realize that the infrastructures, systems, and algorithms all originally designed by humans to bring utopia within reach, are in fact dooming its very viability?” (Studio la Città)

The End of Utopia Videos:
Click here to see Emil Lukas’s installation
Click here to see Jacob Hashimoto’s installation

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On View: Beatriz Milhazes @ Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel

Photo credits by Eduardo Ortega

Photo credits by Eduardo Ortega

Carpintaria – Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel | May 20, 2017 – July 15, 2017

Durham Press would like to congratulate Beatriz Milhazes on her solo exhibition at Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel – Carpintaria, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marola, Mariola, and Marilola is the show title, as well as the names of the three sculptures included in the exhibition. The works share a relationship to her arabesque, geometric, and floral motifs in her paintings, while creating a new dialogue in three dimension. “This physical possibility represents an investigative area that painting does not offer,” Milhazes explains.

The sculptures, ranging in a three different sizes, are dense arrangements made of various mixed-media components such as: polyester and paper flowers; copper, aluminum, and brass bead curtains and mirror-polished rods; various colored plexiglass motifs and cylinders; stainless steel; hand-cut paper strands; copper plates; woodbloock; screenprint; and hand-painted enamel on aluminum.

The exhibition runs until July 15th, 2017. For more information on the exhibition, please contact Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel.

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On View: “Ugo Rondinone: I ♥︎ John Giorno”

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Image Courtesy of Frahm & Frahm

Durham Press would like to congratulate John Giorno on his is citywide retrospective, Ugo Rondinone: I ♥︎ John Giorno, an exhibition by his husband, artist Ugo Rondinone. Rondinone has organized the sprawling exhibition across 13 locations in Manhattan in honor of Giorno’s expansive artistic career and 80th birthday. “‘I ♥ John Giorno’ is a kaleidoscopic exhibition about the life and work of American poet and Tibetan Buddhist John Giorno, whose rich and stimulating life has woven many threads of American culture and spirituality.” – Ugo Rondinone. (New York Times)

Giorno was born and raised in Brooklyn and is regarded as a quintessential New York figure. The survey exhibition opens June 21st, with each of the 13 locations showcasing highlights of his career, dedications to the artist, as well as various collaborations with fellow artists and friends.

John Giorno’s portfolio, Welcoming the Flowers, made with Durham Press in 2007, will be on view at Sky Art. Click here to see a map of the 13 participating institutions.

For more information on available John Giorno prints, including his iconic Poem Prints portfolio, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead.

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On View: Polly Apfelbaum @ National Museum of Women in the Arts

Image courtesy of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Photo credit: Lee Stalsworth

National Museum of Women in the Arts | March 10, 2017 – July 2, 2017

Durham Press would like to congratulate Polly Apfelbaum on her exhibition, Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum, on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

The exhibition is part of a series of shows at the NMWA that explore women’s innovations in printmaking. If you are in Washington this summer, please stop in to see some of the extraordinary, colorful woodblock prints Apfelbaum has made at Durham Press over the past 15 years. 

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Teresa Lozano Long Gallery
1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 12 pm – 5 pm

For more information on new or available Polly Apfelbaum prints, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead

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Noteworthy: Hurvin Anderson Shortlisted for 2017 Turner Prize

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

Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis / Photo credit: David Johnson

Durham Press would like to congratulate Hurvin Anderson who has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Turner Prize. Each year four British artists are chosen for a memorable presentation of work in the preceding year. Anderson has been regarded as one of Britain’s leading contemporary painters and was chosen for his exhibitions in Nottingham, U.K. and Ontario, Canada. Turner judges described him as “an outstanding British painter whose art speaks to our current political moment with questions about identity and belonging.”

An exhibition of work by the shortlisted artists will open at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, England on September 26th and the winner will be announced at the award ceremony on December 5th, 2017.

Click here for more information on the history of the Turner Prize.

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NEW RELEASE: POLLY APFELBAUM

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Atomic Mystic Portraits | 2016

In the summer of 2016 Polly Apfelbaum produced 40 monoprints with Durham Press during a week-long visit. Titled Atomic Mystic series, the prints were made in three sizes with distinct identifiers—Atomic Mystic Particles (13 5/8 inches squared), Atomic Mystic Portraits (25 7/8 x 17 inches), and Atomic Mystic Puzzles (25 inches squared).

The series was created with the assistance of six printmakers who inked hundreds of woodblocks in assorted colors and patterns, including rainbow rolls, which Apfelbaum has been incorporating into many of her recent prints. The artist then spontaneously placed the blocks in printing jigs to explore different color combinations and compositions. These range from structured grids to starburst motifs to geometric, botanical imagery inspired by the Italian Futurist Giacomo Balla’s vibrantly painted wooden flower sculptures.

A departure from Apfelbaum’s previous collaborations with Durham Press, the Atomic series arose from a process similar to that of her sculptural and painting works, such as her “fallen paintings” consisting of many dyed fabric components that the artist arranges in situ on the floor, or her Feelies, which are made of colorful plasticine and clay that is left unfired so the pieces can be changed and reworked over time. Adaptability and fluidity are key features of much of the artist’s oeuvre, and the Atomic Mystic series represents her most concerted effort to integrate these concepts into her printmaking process. Created quickly, each monoprint serves as a kind of printed sketch, revealing unexpected moments of variation and exuberance.

Monoprints from the Atomic Mystic series, as well as other prints by Polly Apfelbaum, are available directly through Durham Press. For more information, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead.

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Noteworthy: Polly Apfelbaum

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Mojo Jojo (2001), Synthetic velvet and fabric dye, Dimensions variable, Collection: Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL

Durham Press is pleased to announce that Polly Apfelbaum will now be represented by Alexander Gray Associates in Chelsea, New York. The gallery is planning their first exhibition with the artist for this September.

Apfelbaum has held recent solo exhibitions at: Senior and Shopmaker (2016), Otis College of Art and Design (2016), Bepart, Belgium (2015), Frith Street Gallery, London (2014), Lumber Room, Portland, OR (2014), Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA (2014), Clifton Benevento, New York, NY (2014); Burlington Arts Center, Burlington, VT (2014); Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai, India (2013); Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, (2012); D’Amelio Gallery, New York, (2012); Hansel und Gretel Picture Garden, New York, (2012); Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, (2011); Carlow Visual Center for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland, (2009); and Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, (2009).

Apfelbaum is represented by Frith Street Gallery in London, Galerie nächst St. Stephan in Vienna, Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, and now Alexander Gray Associates in New York. She has been collaborating on prints with Durham Press for over 15 years. A solo show of newly created editions and monoprints titled Chromatic Scale will be on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C from March 10th – July 2nd, 2017.
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NEW RELEASE: MICHAEL HEIZER

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Hard Edge Etchings | Etching with Aquatint | Edition of 28

Michael Heizer has completed a new group of intaglio prints with Durham Press titled Hard Edge Etchings. The portfolio consists of four prints, each measuring 22 x 19 ¼ inches.

The Hard Edge Etchings were made from custom-cut, shaped copper plates with unique silhouettes, relating to his works on nonstandard canvases: Hard Edge Paintings and his recent Wet Paintings, all of which were shown recently in a solo show at Gagosian, Beverly Hills. Unlike his Hard Edge Paintings—which recall Color Field abstraction with their art historical title and their bold, distinct areas of colors or tone—the prints contain spontaneous yet precise etched lines and shapes that often intersect and overlap. Their active, energetic surfaces harken to the early modernist works of artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich while being decidedly contemporary.

Michael Heizer has been collaborating with Durham Press since 1988. The Hard Edge Etchings are available as a portfolio or individually directly through Durham Press. For more information about these prints and others by Michael Heizer, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead.

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On View: Mickalene Thomas @ Newcomb Art Museum

Photo courtesy of Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University

Photo by Jeffery Johnston, Courtesy Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University

Newcomb Art Museum – January 18, 2017 – April 9, 2017

Durham Press is pleased to announce Mickalene Thomas’s solo exhibition, Waiting on Prime-Time Star, now on view at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University. The exhibition brings together more than 40 works of paintings, photographs, prints, collages, sculpture, film, and installation, including Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires, a mixed-media collage printed and published with Durham Press.

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The print, “Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires,” is an ambitious 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.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Newcomb Art Museum.

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.

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