Noteworthy: Hurvin Anderson “Reporting Back” Video

Watch Hurvin Anderson as he discusses his early inspirations in a detailed interview with Ikon Gallery. Hurvin’s leisurely walk and conversation allows a closer look into his personal connection with Handsworth Park, located in Birmingham. The video was created with Ikon Gallery in conjunction with his show Reporting Back in 2013.



Noteworthy: “Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman” on HBO

Sandra Bush photo courtesy of Mickalene Thomas and Mickalene Thomas Studio, Inc 2013

Mickalene Thomas’s film “Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman” will premiere on HBO on Monday, February 24th at 9pm. The film will also be shown 3 other times during the week and can be seen on HBO on Demand and HBO Go. The 23 minute documentary is a portrait of her mother and muse, Sandra Bush. The film combines interviews and photos to create a powerful portrait of a woman who struggled with addiction, hardship and health problems.

The film has been screened at several festivals and museums including the Brooklyn Museum and the ICA in Boston. The 23 minute documentary is a portrait of her mother and muse, Sandra Bush. The film combines interviews and photos to create a powerful portrait of a woman while exploring a sometimes turbulent mother-daughter relationship. Mickalene describes her intentions and experience filming in interviews with Vogue and the New York Times.

To learn more about Mickalene’s prints at Durham Press and to see available work click here.


Summer Favorites

Summer Greetings!

Durham Press is having another busy summer. We have had visits from Mickalene Thomas, Hurvin Anderson, Beatriz Milhazes, Polly Apfelbaum and James Nares. Durham Press is excited for new editions which will be launched in the fall.

Here are some summer favorites…

Hurvin Anderson

Barbershop print

Barbershop | 2010, Woodblock and Screenprint, 35 3/4″ x 28″, Ed. 40

Polly Apfelbaum

Little Dogwood 2 | 2009, Woodblock Monoprint, 20 1/4″ x 20 1/4″

John Giorno

Welcoming the Flowers: Sunflowers | 2007, Screenprint 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″, Ed. 70

Beatriz Milhazes

Açúcar (Sugar) | 2009/2010 Woodblock and Screenprint, 31 1/2″ x 47 1/4″ Ed. 40


Thump | 2009, 10 Color Screenprint, 58" x 40", Ed. 44

Thump | 2009, 10 Color Screenprint, 58″ x 40″, Ed. 44

Alison Elizabeth Taylor

Idylls: West Tropicana | 2007 Arches 88 300g West Tropicana – 16 3/8″ x 18 3/4″ Edition of 45

Ray Charles White


Gravure Bubble Studies | 2007,  Photogravure, 16 1/2″ x 16″, Ed. 35


Stephen Westfall at the American Academy in Rome

Durham Press’s friend Stephen Westfall has won the Jules Guerin/John Armstrong Chaloner Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts at the American Academy in Rome. His exhibition, Pavimentazione sul Muro opens March 12th, running until April 23rd.

Below are images from Codex, a series of prints that Stephen produced at Durham Press in 2004.

Canaan from the Codex series, 2004

Nine of Wands from the Codex series, 2004

Prospect from the Codex series, 2004

Rally from the Codex series, 2004

Transfigured Night from the Codex series, 2004


IFPDA New York Print Fair

It has been two weeks since the IFPDA Print Fair in New York, and things have been non-stop around Durham Press ever since. This year’s fair was the most successful one Durham Press has ever been a part of, and everyone around here is trying to keep up with all of the people interested in the new editions we debuted this year. Throughout the weekend, our booth saw a steady stream of visitors from all corners of the artworld and beyond, and friends and Durham Press artists, Lisa Stefanelli, Polly Apfelbaum, Emil Lukas, Tom Slaughter, Lydia Dona and Ray Charles White all came by to show their support. In the next couple of weeks, we will be preparing for INK Miami, but for now here are some photos from this year’s amazing IFPDA New York Print Fair. If you are ever in the city and need a recommendation for hotel, restaurant or something to do, please check out My Urban Sherpa, our friend Alison Curry’s online guide to New York City.


Ann and JP discussing the work with visitors to our booth


Exterior shot of our booth


JP discussing work with a visitor to the booth


Emil Lukas returned this week to work on the etchings that will become the second piece of his new monoprint diptychs (you can see the in-progress screenprints in the Emil Lukas post below). The printed image is generated by dozens of etched coins that are individually inked and placed into a copper matrix.

Emil placing inked coins into the copper matrix

Once the matrix is filled with inked coins, it is run through the press. In the second image below, you can see Chris and Jason reveal one of the first prints in this new series.

Etched coins that have been individually inked and are ready to print

Chris and Jason revealing one of Emil’s new etchings

Each diptych is comprised of a unique screenprint to be hung on the left and a unique etching to be hung on the right. In the image below, you can begin to see how each print relates to and alters the other when they are placed in close proximity. Colors that were nearly invisible before, are pulled out and brought to the forefront when they are prominent in the other print, and there is an overall shift in what your eye picks up on when looking at the prints as a pair. The first in this new series of diptychs, U.M.R = L (#0906), will be on display in our booth at the IFPDA New York Print Fair. For more information on Emil Lukas and his work, please visit his website here.

U.M.R=L (#0906)

Today is the last day of Polly Apfelbaum’s show at The Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. The show, comprised of six of her large-scale Love Park monoprints and four of her smaller Baby Loves, looked incredible in the first floor exhibition space at Locks.



The show also garnered good reviews from some of the local Philadelphia print and online publications, including The Philadephia Inquirer, The Bulletin, and Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof’s ArtBlog. Be on the lookout for Polly’s next exhibition at Blancpain Art Contemporain in Switzerland. The exhibition will be a three person show featuring Polly’s work alongside that of Goldiechiari and Veronica Janssens. The show will run from November 10, 2007 to January 12, 2008.

Alison, her husband Andy and their cat headed home late Wednesday night, and Thursday morning, Emil Lukas arrived to continue working on his two new incredible editions. In the first photo, JP, Jason and Emil discuss a proof of Emil’s new multi-color screenprint, and, unfortunately, the photograph doesn’t really do the work justice. The image, generated using the string element common in Emil’s sculpture and mixed media wallworks, is at once tranquil and frantic, as dozens of layered colors coalesce in to one subtle, harmonious end product. If you are in the New York area, Emil’s show One to the Other will be featured at the Hosfelt Gallery through October 27th, and it is definitely worth checking out.

JP, Jason and Emil
Emil, Jason and JP discuss proofs of Emil’s new multi-color screenprint

Jason - Emil Proof
Jason printing proofs of Emil’s new screenprint


Alison Elizabeth Taylor In the Studio

This week we had both Alison Elizabeth Taylor and Emil Lukas out working in the studios. Alison is a recent graduate of the Columbia University School of the Arts, and this is her first time collaborating with Durham Press. In this new project, she is revisiting some of the imagery used in her wood veneer inlay pieces (which you can see here), and transforming them into a series of multi-color screenprints. In the image below, JP and Jason are discussing a proof of one of the three prints to be included in the portfolio. The title of the series is Idylls.

Jason and JP - Alison Proof

Alison’s work is comprised of a muted, earthy palette that evokes both tacky, suburban home interiors and polluted, wasteland landscapes. Jackie has been tirelessly mixing ink trying to acheive the subtle tonal differences in these images. In the picture below, you can see her working on getting the inks right, and you can see some of the colors she’s come up with in the second image of Jason looking over the proofs.


Alison Proof - Jason


Roland Fischer

The week after Polly finished up at the Press, Roland Fischer (and his assistant Matthias) flew in to continue working on Roland’s third portfolio of Facades on Paper. The Facades are “portraits” (as Roland calls them) of architectural exteriors, and, through the screenprinting process, the formal, geometric quality of Roland’s photographs is elevated, resulting in images that evoke abstract painting and minimalist photography in equal measure. In the image below, JP and Roland are discussing the proofs of the eight facades to be included in the new portfolio.

Roland & JP

While Roland was out at the Press, he had a bit of downtime, and he spent a great deal of it talking to friends in China using his Skype internet calling system. Through the webcam feature, they were able to see what was going on at the Press and Roland could see what was going on in their location. At lunch time, the crew at the Press tends to gather under the tree out back (the one Roland is sitting under in the photo below), and, if Roland was in the middle of a call at lunchtime, he would set the computer up on the table and his friend in China would have lunch with all of us.

Roland Under Tree