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.
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


Durham Press at the IFPDA Print Fair 2011

Durham Press will be exhibiting at the 2011 IFPDA Print Fair from November 3rd through the 6thin New York. The fair is open from 12pm-8pm Thursday through Saturday and 12-6pm on Sunday. The preview is on Wednesday, November 2nd from 6:30-9pm- all procedes benefit the IFPDA Foundation. We will be in booth D3- please stop by to see new prints by Polly Apfelbaum, Emil Lukas, Hurvin Anderson and James Nares and recent prints by Beatriz Milhazes and Mickalene Thomas.

The International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) is a non-profit organization of leading art dealers, galleries and publishers. The IFPDA fosters quality, ethics, connoiseurship and promotes a greater appreciation of fine art prints. Durham Press has been a member of the IFPDA since 2000.

Emil Lukas in the Durham Press studio

Emil Lukas has been working in the Durham Press studio this summer and fall. The result of the hard work is a beautiful group of string prints. We are in the process of selecting prints to edition. Durham Press will unveil Emil’s new prints at the IFPDA print fair in November. Please stop by our booth and stay tuned to the blog for updates about Emil’s new prints.


Durham Press at the New York Print Fair

Durham Press will be exhibiting at the 2010 IFPDA print fair at the Park Avenue Armory from November 4th through the 7th. We will be releasing several new works by Mickalene Thomas, Hurvin Anderson, Beatriz Milhazes, Polly Apfelbaum and James Nares. Please join us at the fair!

Please join us at Park Avenue & 67th Street. The hours are as follows:

Thursday, November 4  12-8pm

Friday, November 5   12-5pm

Saturday, November 6  12-8pm

Sunday, November 7  12-6pm

Deborah Ripley’s Paper Chase 11-6-09

We got a nice mention in the Artnet Magazine – Deborah Ripley’s Paper Chase


Thanks and thanks IFPDA ladies for making it such a great event!


Hurvin Anderson – New Artist at Durham Press

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Peter’s Sitters 2 & Welcome Series: Fan Drawing, two of Hurvin Anderson’s paintings

Durham Press recently began working with painter Hurvin Anderson. Hurvin has been working on several prints, using both silkscreen and woodcut processes, and we were pleased to launch the first of these beautiful new works at the IFPDA Print Fair in New York City. The print is yet untitled, it is a woodblock and woodcut of amazing complexity and measures 33” x 26” and will be made in an edition of approximately 40. Thomas Dane will be exhibiting the new print at MiamiBasel and we will have it on display at INK Miami also. The edition is still in production, but is available now for pre-publication sales.

Hurvin Anderson Untitled

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

In addition to working at Durham Press, 2009 has seen Hurvin exhibiting work in several important venues both in the United States and internationally. In January, he had his second solo show at Thomas Dane, his gallery in London, followed soon after by an exhibition of his paintings at the Tate Britain. Through October 25th, a body of work titled the Peter’s Series can be seen at the Studio Museum in Harlem. This is his first solo museum exhibition in the United States and has garnered a great deal of attention, including a review in the New York times written by Roberta Smith (which can be read here). All in all, it has been a very busy, exciting year for Hurvin and we are happy to have him out working at Durham Press in the midst of all of it. Enjoy some photographs of Hurvin working out at Durham Press (and a sneak peek of one of his new editions).






James Nares back @ Durham Press


James Nares, long-time Durham Press friend and collaborator , returned to the studio recently to complete work on his new screenprint, THUMP. This new edition is the 13th print James has created at Durham Press, and he and JP (the master printer here) continue to push the dynamic dimensionality of his painted brushstrokes into amazing, rich, vibrant screenprinted editions. When asked recently about his experience of working at Durham Press and with JP on this process, James said:

Working at Durham Press is really a pleasure. JP’s knowledge of, and experience with the silkscreening process is second to none, and working with him is a collaboration, as with another artist. He has come up with an ingenious method to create screen prints of my brush strokes which have all the body and tones of an actual, painted brush stroke, but without the use of half-tone…

For those maybe unfamiliar with the screenprinting process, creating a halftone is the process of turning all the tone in an image into various sized and spaced dots in order to create the tonal variation. This allows all of the tone to be printed at once and is what you are looking at when you see a black and white photo printed in the newspaper, for example. What gives James’ prints the fluidity, the subtle shift in tone and the overall richness of color is that is is not printed as a halftone, but is rather broken down into 10-15 layers of varied tone and color and then rebuilt, through printing each layer one on top of the other. It is a complicated process, but creates a seamlessness in the color and tonal shifts that would not be possible otherwise.

To see THUMP as well as some of the other work James has produced with Durham Press, please visit our booth at the IFPDA Print Fair in New York City. The fair is held at the Park Avenue Armory and runs from November 5th – November 8th, 2009.


Also, James film Rome in ’78 is currently being shown at MOMA as part of the film exhibition, Looking at Music: Side 2. The next screening will be on Saturday, November 28th at 7:30 p.m. The film, according to the MOMA website, is “a narrative about the Roman emperor Caligula set in a shabby Manhattan apartment, proposes an analogy between ancient Rome and modern America as cultural empires. The image below is a still from the film.

Rome 78 Eric David & Lydia

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