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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Durham Press @ London Original Print Fair

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Durham Press will be exhibiting at The London Original Print Fair Thursday, May 4 through Sunday May 7, 2017. The LOPF is celebrating it’s 32nd 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 Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London W1JOBD

Dates & Hours
Thursday, May 4th    10am – 9pm
Friday, May 5th      10am – 10pm
Saturday, May 6th    10am – 6pm
Sunday, May 7th      10am – 6pm

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

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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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Copyright of Durham Press and the artist

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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On View: Emil Lukas @ Sperone Westwater

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Photo courtesy of Sperone Westwater

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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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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NEW RELEASE: Beatriz Milhazes

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Purple Dahlia | Screenprint and Woodblock | Edition of 30

Durham Press is pleased to present two ambitious new works by Beatriz MilhazesPurple Dahlia and Mother’s Day. Both harness woodblock and screenprinting to create strong linear compositions that are a vibrant hybrid of tropical ornamentation and modernist abstraction.

Among Milhazes’s largest prints with Durham Press, Purple Dahlia measures 60 1/4 x 78 3/4 inches. While the title references a flower, geometric motifs take precedence over the work’s botanical imagery. Circles of various sizes float in the center of the print, then recede from view amid the parallel horizontal lines appearing all over the paper. The lines recall bead-like chains and rippling water. Purple Dahlia is visually dense, with nearly its entire surface covered in different patterns or shapes. The many semi-transparent inks, however, lend the composition a sense of lightness—a density more akin to wildflowers in a breezy field than a congested city street.

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Mother’s Day | Screenprint, Woodblock & Gold Leaf | Edition of 40

The narrow, vertical format of Mother’s Day—it measures 51 7/8 x 17 inches – recalls the artist’s recent sculptural work, which hangs from the ceiling and reaches down to the floor. Like Purple DahliaMother’s Day features densely configured lines, with multiple layers resembling cut-out strings of pearls and branches of leaves as well as the negatives, or “left-over” trimmings, of these shapes. By stacking, layering, and adding more components, including the diagonal plaid that appears in several places, Milhazes ambitiously adds further complexity to the art-historical sources the print obliquely references.

Purple Dahlia, Mother’s Day, and several other works by Beatriz Milhazes are available through Durham Press. For more information, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead, [email protected]


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On View: Chitra Ganesh + Mickalene Thomas @ Girls Club

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Architects of the Future, 2014 | Installation photograph courtesy of Voltagge

Girls’ Club – November 12, 2015- June 25, 2016

Girls’ Club’s current exhibition, Self-Proliferation, includes the work of Chitra Ganesh and Mickalene Thomas, both printed and published at Durham Press. The group show consists of a diverse range of editioned works by more than thirty artists from the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, including Mickalene Thomas’s Landscape Majestic and Chitra Ganesh’s portfolio, Architects of the Future.

Girls’ Club mission is to educate the public, nurture the careers of female artists, and to serve as a resource for art students and scholars, curators and practicing artists on the contributions of women to the field of contemporary art.”

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Landscape Majestic, 2011| Installation photograph courtesy of Voltagge

For pricing and availability on Mickalene Thomas and Chitra Ganesh prints, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead, [email protected]

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On View: Polly Apfelbaum + Stephen Westfall @ The Suburban

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Installation of Polly Apfelbaum and Stephen Westfall at The Suburban. Photo courtesy of Alexander Herzog and The Suburban.

The Suburban  – November 2015 – January 2016

A group show titled Karma Funk Farm at The Suburban in Milwaukee showcases a body of work by artists Polly Apfelbaum and Stephen Westfall. Featured are Apfelbaum’s round ceramic beads, strategically hung by nylon thread, in collaboration with Westfall’s geometric works on paper and woven rugs. “Both Apfelbaum and Westfall share an interest in the structural integrity of formal art making and how simple contextual tweaks can utterly reposition entire lexicons of form. That’s why, as long time friends and sounding boards for each other’s ideas, it’s curious that they have been rare collaborators inside a white cube, a fact that becomes all the more surprising after one experiences their compelling choreography in the current exhibition.” (Shane Mcadams for Journal Sentenial)

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Installation of Polly Apfelbaum at 56 Henry. Photo courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum.

56 Henry – December 11, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Polly Apfelbaum is also showing at 56 Henry, a new, “tiny” gallery in Chinatown, NYC. Polly’s ceramic beads hang in the window, and several ceramic bowls are displayed on a table within the gallery space. This very first show for 56 Henry was recently featured in ArtForum.com Critics’ Picks, as well as in Artnews. The exhibition continues through January 24th, 2016.

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