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.






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


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!

Polly’s in the studio

Polly Apfelbaum  was very busy in the Durham Press studio last week. Polly has been working on a new series of Rainbow prints- this set of 4 prints uses the same 32 colors and 130 wooden sticks.

Split Ribbons 1 | 2011, Woodblock Monoprint, 37 1/4″ x 69 3/4″

Split Ribbons 2 | 2011, Woodblock Monoprint, 37 1/4″ x 69 3/4″ 

Split Ribbons 3 | 2011, Woodblock Monoprint, 37 1/4″ x 69 3/4″

Split Ribbons 4 | 2011, Woodblock Monoprint, 37 1/4″ x 69 3/4″

The process of making the prints is shown in the snapshots below. Polly starts by selecting a color palate, the the individual wooden sticks are inked, Polly then creates an arrangment or pattern for the colors, the inked sticks are placed into the jig according to the order, the paper is loaded into the etching press and an impression is made. The prints are then placed on a drying rack for several weeks until the ink is completely dry. Click here to watch a video of the etching press in action. Please contact us for pricing and availability.

New York Foundation for the Arts recently intereviewed Polly in her New York studio. Polly discusses beauty, color, her career, challenges and her new work and recent exhibitions. Click here to watch the great interview video.


Durham Press at the Dallas Art Fair

Durham Press has just returned from the 3rd annual Dallas Art Fair in Dallas, Texas. The fair ran from April 8th through 10th, 2011. We displayed new prints by Mickalene Thomas, Polly Apfelbaum, Hurvin Anderson, Beatriz Milhazes and James Nares.

We really enjoyed being in Dallas, meeting new friends, and visiting the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, The Dallas Contemporary, The Rachofsky House and the Goss-Michael Foundation. Many thanks to everyone who came out to see Durham Press at the fair!

Emil Lukas at Sperone Westwater

Durham Press would like to congratulate Emil Lukas on his exhibition at Sperone Westwater, located at 257 Bowery, NY. The exhibition, Larva, Bubble, and Thread, runs from Feburary 25th until March 26th. The title is derived from some of the materials that Lukas uses to create his mixed media paintings. Emil has worked on several projects with Durham Press which include screenprinting and etchings. His work focuses on texture, surface, process and material which result in a range of outcomes- most notably combining sculpture and painting.


The Lukas Family at the opening

Lukas- Bubble painting installation image Sperone Westwater

Emil Lukas, Alignments 1, 2007, Monoprint Diptych, Etching and Screenprint

Turning Circles into Squares | 2002, Screenprint, 14 7/8″ x 21″, Ed. 40


Drip Link | 2002, Screenprint, 14 7/8″ x 39 5/8″, Ed. 40


Milhazes Print Exhibition in Espírito Santo, Brazil

Exhibition “Milhazes: Prints”
Location: Art Museum of the Holy Spirit Dionisio Del Santo (Maes)
Address: Av Jeronimo Monteiro, 631, Centro, Vitória – Espírito Santo
Period: June 2 to August 29

The show brings together a set of 17 prints from collection of the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo. They are works produced between 1996 and 2007, donated to the institution by the artist and by Durham Press, Pennsylvania, USA, where the prints were printed and published.

The exhibition is organized by Ministry of Culture (Secult) in partnership with the Institute Sincades.

Bibi by Beatriz Milhazes
Exhibition “Milhazes: Prints”
Location: Art Museum of the Holy Spirit Dionisio Del Santo (Maes)
Address: Av Jeronimo Monteiro, 631, Centro, Vitória – Espírito Santo
Release date: June 1, at 19 hours
Period: June 2 to August 29
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 10 to 18 hours
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 12 to 18 hours
Scheduled visits mediated groups:
Click on: the cultural spaces Maes Schedule to the Education Sector
Free admission

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.