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.

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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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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.

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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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Polly Apfelbaum in Denmark, the UK and USA

Polly Apfelbaum work is currently in four exhibitions around the world. Her prints are featured in  After the Volcano: A Summer Show of Gallery Artists at Firth Street Gallery in London and at Hecate’s Lab at Senior & Shopmaker in New York. Apfelbaum’s sculptures are exhibited in Studiowork at D’amelio Terras in New York and Wild Things in Odense, Denmark at Brandts.

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James Nares in Los Angeles

Michael Kohn Gallery in L.A. will feature an exhibition of new paintings and a video by James Nares from July 9-August 21, 2010. The opening reception is on July 9th from 6-8pm.

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Michael Kohn Gallery 8071 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048

Check out the Durham Press website for available prints by Nares.

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John Giorno article on ArtNet

A recent article on ArtNet, John Giorno Live!,  talks about John Giorno’s text paintings and other work. In 2007, John collaborated with JP at Durham Press on a series of poem prints called Welcoming the Flowers.

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

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Beatriz Milhazes Gold Rose Series

In September of 2009, Beatriz Milhazes returned to Durham Press to take on another enormous project, a series of seven prints that came to be called the Gold Rose Series. During her four-week stay she worked with a team of five to realize the beautiful proofs seen in the pictures below. She was also filmed for a documentary that is being made about her by Goritzia Filmes.

The Gold Rose Series is comprised of two singles, a diptych and a triptych all measuring 31 and a half inches in height – but of various lengths. The series uses warm color schemes, botanical forms as bold graphics and patterning, and intricate detailing typical to Milhazes’ work.

 

The series is now in production and will be released this spring. We expect Beatriz back to sign in April, when we plan to celebrate the completion of the edition with a reception of these impressive new works. More information on this soon. James Cohan Gallery will also host an exhibition of the works that opens April 1st in New York.

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COLOR NOTES: Polly Apfelbaum Prints at Locks Gallery

Polly Apfelbaum’s Color Notes will be exhibited at the Locks Gallery in Philadelphia February 3 – 25, 2010. The exhibition coincides with the opening of Philagrafika, Philadelphia’s celebration of printmaking in Contemporary Art. Color Notes is a beautiful survey of the large-scale monoprints entitled Parks that Apfelbaum has been making at Durham Press over the past eight years. The Parks measure 79 inches square and range from iconic flowers, complex stripes, playful zig zags to dense fields of organic dots. The exhibition will also showcase a selection of smaller works, including her most recent edition Color Field Notes.

Each of the massive monoprints in this exhibition is made from hundreds of individually cut and inked woodblocks. They are arranged loosely or in jigs, then embossed with a large hydrualic press into a dense sheet of handmade Japanese paper. The results are breathtaking, especially at this scale, and push the print beyond its expected boundaries. As with Apfelbaum’s large floor installations, these prints explore and celebrate the endless connections between color, sequencing, rhythm and shape.

All of the prints were created and published at Durham Press. Apfelbaum has worked and collaborated with Jean-Paul Russell since 2001. Durham Press is a fine art print publisher based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Since 1988 Durham Press has been making edition contemporary prints with influential artists from around the world.

For more information please contact Ann Marshall at [email protected] or call 610-346-6133.

Installation images courtesy of Locks Gallery

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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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