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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New Portfolio: Emil Lukas | Bubble-up

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Bubble-Up | 2013, Portfolio of 2 etchings and 7 screenprints, 23 3/4 x 17 inches each, ed. 35

Durham Press is pleased to announce Bubble-up, a new portfolio of prints by Emil Lukas. The portfolio consists of two etchings and seven screenprints, each measuring 22 3/4 by 17 inches. The nine prints are presented in a portfolio box and are published in an edition of 35.In Bubble-up, Lukas both recreates and re-imagines the unconventional materials and methods–including thread, larvae, bubble wrap and glass–of his acclaimed paintings and sculptures. The artist organized the prints in a three-by-three grid to give the overall composition of dots, lines, and other marks an upward and effervescent movement.Within this grid, two screen prints reference Lukas’s thread paintings, which he creates by stretching layers of threads across wooden frames. Taut, colorful lines crisscross Hum, and vertical strings accumulate into a dense mass in Curtain. Anatomy documents the wandering of larvae and ink on glass. By printing screens of the larvae’s marks, as well as several flat washes of transparent ink, the print achieves an opacity and depth similar to that of Lukas’s larvae paintings.The remaining prints in Bubble-up allude to Lukas’s distinct painting techniques while also exploring new mark-making possibilities through printmaking processes. In three additional screenprints, Lukas again used thread to produce images, but he broke away from his typical unbending lines. He created a variety of compositions, from the structured undulations of Curve to the more free-form entanglements of Blood and Release. Glass unexpectedly reinterprets an aspect of Lukas’s larvae work. Instead of exposing glass marked with ink, the screenprint subtly reveals the gentle variations in tone caused by overlapping his vacant substrate. The artist used bubble wrap to create soft ground etchings for Detail and Orb. Though they recall his bubble-wrap-cast paintings, Lukas composed the prints to highlight the individual textures and crumpled lines within each circle, or “bubble,” of the seemingly uniform utilitarian material. As with glass, thread or larvae, Lukas’s ability to accentuate the particularity of the everyday pervades this portfolio.

Art in Print wrote a wonderful review of Bubble-up in the January/February 2014 publication, click here to read the article in full. Emil has been working with Durham Press since 2001. Bubble-up is sold as a set or as individual prints, for more information please contact Durham Press.

For a behind the scenes look at Emil’s work and process in the studio, here is a great video produced by Blouin:

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New Editions: Beatriz Milhazes | Water Dreaming + Snake Dreaming

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Water Dreaming | 2013, Woodblock and Screenprint, 37 x 46 1/2 inches, ed. 40

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Snake Dreaming | 2013, Woodblock and Screenprint, 37 x 46 1/2 inches, ed. 40

Durham Press is pleased to announce two new prints by Brazilian painter Beatriz Milhazes Water Dreaming and Snake Dreaming, 2013. The prints were proofed over a two week stay this summer and will be made in an edition of forty, and released by the end of the year. Each print measures 37 x 46 1/2 inches (94 x 118 cm) and is a combination of a twenty piece woodblock and thirteen layers of silkscreen. The central flower comes from a new series of drawings that she describes as a spontaneous dialogue between recent observations of tribal art (mostly African) and Op Art from the sixties.

Milhazes is an avid printmaker. She has worked almost exclusively with Durham Press for the past seventeen years and has created an impressive body of work. Her prints have been exhibited widely alongside her paintings and collages, and documented in numerous publications. In 2012, the prints were exhibited in a show that traveled throughout Brazil organized by the SESC (Serviço Social do Comércio), and in 2011, Whitechapel, London curated an extensive print show in the U.S. at the Gallery at Windsor, which included a comprehensive catalog of the prints, their history and development.

Milhazes’s international success has been growing since her participation in the 1995 Carnegie International and her representation of Brazil in the 2003 Venice Biennale. The wide appeal of her work has captured collectors worldwide. Her work has been exhibited at Fondation Beyeler, Basel; Fondation Cartier, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; MALBA-Fundación Costantini, Buenos Aires; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England; and the Birmingham Museum, Alabama. In 2014, she will open a solo exhibit at the new Pérez Art Museum in Miami.

The prints will be on view from November 6th through 10th at the IFPDA Print Fair in New York. The prints are available directly through Durham Press. Please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead for more information, [email protected]

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Noteworthy: Durham Press Open House

 

Durham Press will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, May 5th from 1 – 4pm. Please join us for an afternoon of art, a printmaking demonstration and a tour of our galleries and studios.

Durham Press is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, an hour and a half away from New York City. RSVP not required but appreciated!

Durham Press @ IFPDA Print Fair

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Durham Press will be exhibiting new and recent prints at the upcoming IFPDA Print Fair in New York, Oct. 31st – Nov. 4th.

Each year, the IFPDA – International Fine Print Dealers Association – hosts an art fair which focuses on fine prints from all periods. We will be exhibiting many works for the first time at the IFPDA, most notably new prints from Mickalene Thomas, James Nares, Polly Apfelbaum and Emil Lukas.

James Nares | In Three Words 1, 2 & 3 | 2012

Polly Apfelbaum | Nirvana Park 2 | 2012

2012 Fair Dates:

PREVIEW 10/31 6:30 – 9 pm
THURSDAY 11/01 12 – 8 pm
FRIDAY 11/02 12 – 8 pm
SATURDAY 11/03 12 – 8 pm
SUNDAY 11/04 12 – 6 pm

 

Location:

Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue at 67th St.
New York, NY 10065

Please visit Durham Press in booth 419, near the Cafe.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

 

 

James Nares- New Prints and Exhibition

You Don't Say Series, 2011-12, Screenprints, 75 x 28 inches, Approximate Edition of 30

Durham Press is pleased to announce a new series of prints by James NaresYou Don’t Say is currently in production and should be completed in late January. The prints will be signed so that they can be installed horizontally or vertically. This is the 8th project, since 2002, that James has worked on with Durham Press.

Paul Kasmin is currently presenting an exhibition of James’ work 1976: Movies, Photographs and Related Works on Paper. The exhibition will feature 5 films that James made in 1976. The exhibition runs from January 6th until February 11th, 2012. Check out Linda Yablonsky’s great review of the exhibition for the New York Times.

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Polly Apfelbaum launches new monprints at this year’s New York Print Fair

Durham Press will launch several new Polly Apfelbaummonoprints at this year’s fall fairs. New work will include smaller  sized “Love” woodblocks (the flowers),  as well as some remarkable new “ZigZag” prints in a grand scale.

Priced at an affordable entry point, there will be new “Love” monoprints in sizes ranging from 12″x 12 to 20 x 20″. The prints were originally made as part of Polly’s conceptualization for a new edition, but they were so successful as unique prints, and fitting for our changed economy that we made a group of them in different sizes for this year’s fair.

WAVE PARK – five new 79 x 79″ monoprints have just been completed Wave Park 3 will be exhibited at the fair.

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