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.

Current Press
The New Orleans Times 
Art Daily
Tulane University
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Durham Press @ Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair

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Durham Press will be exhibiting at Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair April 1st and 2nd with a VIP preview Friday, March 31st. The biennial fair is held at the Baltimore Museum of Art at 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Maryland.

Dates & Hours
Friday, March 31    6pm – 8:30pm VIP Preview
Saturday, April 1   10am – 8pm
Sunday, April 2     10am – 5pm

For more information about the fair please click here.
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On View: Emil Lukas @ Sperone Westwater

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Sperone Westwater – January 7, 2017 – February 11, 2017

Durham Press is pleased to announce Emil Lukas’s solo exhibition at Sperone Westwater in New York. The new works on view debut expansions of four series, including Stacks, Thread Paintings, Bubble-Wrap Paintings, and his newest work, Liquid Lens, an aluminum sculpture constructed from welded and calibrated aluminum tubes.

Liquid Lens is an interactive lens that breaks down the elements of seeing on a large scale. The curved shape of the sculpture is a “material manifestation of one-point perspective – the form of the piece mimics the way all lines converge at the vanishing point.” Many of Lukas’s new pieces are shape-shifters, changing in appearance depending on light and view point. “In a weird way, I consider these paintings, because they’re a warped surface that been manipulated and altered to create this event,” Lukas says.

Credit Courtesy of Sperone Westwater

Photo courtesy of Sperone Westwater

Current Press
The New York Times
Sperone Westwater – Press Release
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On View: Hurvin Anderson @ Michael Werner

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Michael Werner Gallery – November 4, 2016 – January 14, 2017

Durham Press is pleased to announce Hurvin Anderson’s solo show, Foreign Body, now on view at Michael Werner Gallery, New York. Anderson’s paintings often return to the same locations and scenes of the Caribbean, revealing different imagery and techniques with each reiteration. “Anderson’s newest paintings move toward abstraction, suggesting boundaries and shifting viewpoints, creating a sensation akin to a flicker of memory.” The show is on view at the gallery’s Upper East Side location until January 14th. 

For more information on this exhibition please visit Micheal Werner Gallery website.

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New Release: Polly Apfelbaum

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Hudson River Valley Nirvana | Woodblock on Handmade Japanese Paper | Edition of 15

Durham Press has completed a new series of prints with Polly Apfelbaum: Hudson River Valley Nirvana. Initially conceived in 2012, these six woodblock prints use vertical lines and a square format as a starting point from which to explore the interaction of primary and secondary colors.

Apfelbaum adopted a systematic approach to discover the possible images within a set of parameters, much like Joseph Albers’ Interaction of Color. Printed with dozens of narrow wooden blocks, the six works feature the same set of primary and secondary colors that are repeated in different arrangements, with a largely symmetrical structure applied to each image. The variation among the series showcases the unexpected results that can arise from a clear and controlled process. This compositional strategy recalls her early floor works and was an inspiration for a woven floor installation created for the Miss Dior exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris, in 2012.

Hudson River Valley Nirvana, like many of Apfelbaum’s works, draws on diverse influences spanning art history, pop culture, and religion. The artist likened the chromatic effect of the prints to the dynamic skies captured by the Hudson River School painters. (Apfelbaum herself spends time in the region, which is a short trip from her New York City studio.) The Hudson River School is one among many of the prints’ artistic and cultural referents. They relate to Minimalism with their fixed compositional structure, but also to psychedelic and Op art. The title of the series, too, is loaded with allusions—for the artist, Nirvana refers equally to the Buddhist concept of enlightenment as it does to the Seattle grunge band. This combination of the “spiritual and punk rock” suggests that viewers are invited both to consider the nuances of the series in quiet contemplation as well as to take in the prints’ energetic colors in quick, unfettered moments. 

Hudson River Valley Nirvana and many other prints by Polly Apfelbaum are available directly through Durham Press. For more information, including pricing, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead.

The Series, as well as new unique works by Polly Apfelbaum, is now on view in NYC at Senior & Shopmaker Gallery untill January 14th.

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On View: Beatriz Milhazes @ Galerie Max Hetzler

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Detail shot of Marilola, Image courtesy of Durham Press

Galerie Max Hetzler – October 17, 2016 – November 19, 2016

Durham Press is pleased to announce Beatriz Milhazes exhibit Marilola — on view at Galerie Max Hetzler until November 19, 2016. The exhibition, located in Paris, features Beatriz’s paintings, a collage, and a three-dimensional sculpture titled Marilola.

Marilola is a cascading curtain suspended from the ceiling. The dense arrangement is made of various handmade components such as silk and paper flowers, beads, plexi glass, aluminum and resin chains. Marilola is one of the three sculptures that were fabricated at Durham Press over a five year period of exploration and experimentation. The large sculpture echoes the colors and rhythm of Milhazes’s paintings and prints full of abstract shapes and designs.

For more information on the exhibition, please contact Galerie Max Hetzler. For pricing and availability of prints, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead at Durham Press.

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On View: Polly Apfelbaum @ Otis College of Art and Design

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Otis College of Art and Design | Ben Maltz Gallery – Sept 24, 2016 – Dec 6, 2016

Durham Press would like to congratulate Polly Apfelbaum on her solo exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes currently on view at Otis College of Art and Design. The gallery’s exhibition of Polly’s floor pieces, ceramic and wooden sculptures, and handmade ceramic beads is on public view for the first time in Los Angeles at Ben Maltz Gallery. Apfelbaum has worked with weavers in Oaxaca, Mexico to design and produce four large 13 x 25 foot area rugs where visitors are invited to take off their shoes and spend time within the installation.

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Public programming will also take place during the exhibition dates which include The Carpet Sessions, a series of conversations between Apfelbaum and invited guests:

The Carpet Sessions: Polly Apfelbaum + Connie Butler | Sun Sep 25
The Carpet Sessions: Polly Apfelbaum + David Pagel | Sun Oct 16
The Carpet Sessions: Polly Apfelbaum + Jennifer Steinkamp | Sun Nov 13

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