New Release: Polly Apfelbaum


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.





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!

Mickalene Thomas at MoMA – Coversations: Among Friends

Mickalene Thomas, Landscape Majestic | 2011, Woodblock, Silkscreen and Digital Print, 52 x 68 5/8 inches

The Museum of Modern Art is hosting a panel discussion on Tuesday, January 24th, at 7:00 pm, which will include Mickalene Thomas. Conversations: Among Friends explores works of art as reflections of their political and social contexts. This program features a conversation between artists Derrick Adams, Clifford Owens, Xaviera Simmons, and Mickalene Thomas, with an introduction by Christopher Y. Lew, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1.


Beatriz Milhazes : Screenprints Exhibition by Whitechapel at the Windsor Gallery

Beatriz Milhazes is the first artist chosen for a solo exhibition at The Gallery at Windsor in Vero Beach, Florida. The exhibition was organized by the Whitechapel Gallery in London. The exhibition features all of the prints that Beatriz created at Durham Press from 1996-2011. Beatriz has worked with Durham Press since 1996, in that time she has created 25 beautiful and complicated prints. The Gallery at Windsor showcases this accomplishment.

Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery, London said:”The Whitechapel Gallery has always pioneered world-class artists and we are delighted to realise a new exhibition in the Gallery at Windsor. I see Beatriz’s work as orchestral, with circular elements interweaving to form a symphony of colour and shape. The titles of her work are in themselves a form of poetry. To show these alongside archival materials and the beautiful artist’s books gives the show a further dimension. Art historical echoes are both European and Brazilian – we can see Milhazes as the inheritor both of artists such as Matisse and Sonia Delaunay, as well as the Brazilian Tropicalia movement. The different forms of her work will be enhanced by the fantastic light of the gallery and the beautiful landscape surrounding it.”

The exhibition will be on display from December 3rd, 2011 through February 28th, 2012. The opening of exhibition conincided with Art Basel Miami Beach. A catalogue of the prints will be produced and will feature a statement from JP about his working relationship with Beatriz and the process they have created and utilized to make this incredible body of work. Individuals and small groups of 10 or less are invited to tour the gallery, with all tours scheduled by appointment only. Gallery hours are: Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; weekends 10:00 AM 5:00 PM. Please contact the gallery with questions and/or requests at 772 388 4071 or [email protected].


Visit Durham Press at Art Miami

Durham Press is pleased to be a participant in Art Miami this year. The fair had a great opening last night and is open to the public today through Saturday from 11am until 7pm and Sunday from 11am until 6pm. Please stop by and say hello – we are in booth A27! We have new works by James Nares, Emil Lukas, Polly Apfelbaum, Mickalene Thomas, Hurvin Anderson, and some wonderful prints by Beatriz Milhazes.




Landscape Majestic in Art For Africa Auction

This Thursday, November 17th, at 6pm there will be an auction at Sotheby’s New York called Art for Africa. The works in the auction, generously donated by contemporary African and American artists, will support the Africa Foundation primarily in its efforts to improve the lives of many orphaned and vulnerable children across Africa, through education and healthcare. The Africa Foundation has been hard at work in more than 50 communities across South and Eastern Africa for 19 years – “Empowering communities through conservation.”  Mickalane Thomas and Durham Press have donated one Mickalene’s incredible prints, Landscape Majestic, to this auction and I hope you will take some time to look at all the great lots at the auction and consider supporting it!

Landscape Majestic | 2011, Woodblock, Silkscreen, and Digital Print Collage, 52 x 68 5/8 inches, Ed. 30


Hurvin Anderson at Durham Press

Welcome Series: Black and White | 2011, Woodblock, Screenprint and Wallpaper Relief, 38 x 58 5/8 inches, Ed. 30

Hurvin Anderson was working in the Durham Press studios and to sign his print Welcome Series: Black and White – a beautiful woodblock and screenprint with wallpaper relief printing – and he also began working on a colorful variation of the same image, entitled Welcome Series: Margaritas.

Hurvin has now created 4 projects at Durham Press. The first print created by Hurvin is Barbershop Print , which is a woodblock and screenprint created in 2010. Mrs. S. Keita was the second project to be completed in 2010 and is a series of 8 multicolored screenprints. Central Range, another beautiful screenprint and Welcome Series: Black and White – both were created and completed in 2011.


Polly Apfelbaum in Los Angeles at Michael Benevento

Durham Press would like to congratulate Polly Apfelbaum on her upcoming exhibition titled Double Nickels on the Dime at Michael Benevento. The show opens on September 23rd,  at 7556 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, and closes on October, 29th. The opening reception is on Friday, September 23rd from 6-8pm. The solo exhibition features Polly’s Feelies and her floor installations. Roberta Smith wrote the following about Polly’s floor pieces and her Feelies:  “Ms. Apfelbaum has as usual commandeered the floor but is also trying a new tack. Working in a manner reminiscent of the colored-glass technique of milles fleurs, she has fashioned small, smooth, brightly patterned panels she calls Feelies from contrasting shades of polymer and plasticine clay. There is a cuteness factor here, but it is quickly overruled by the blazing colors, assorted stripes, dots, checks, swirls and grids and abstract intelligence evident in the 200-plus examples.” (New York Times, July 16, 2010).

Polly has been making prints with Durham Press since 2002. In 2010 Polly created a new size, 32 x 68 inches, that she calls “Alley”- images of Wave Alley Black, Love Alley and Love Alley Black are below. Please contact Durham Press for availability and pricing. Click on Polly’s artist page to view other available prints.

Wave Alley Black | 2010, Woodblock, 32″ x 68″, ed. 12

Love Alley | 2011, Woodblock, 32″ x 68″, ed. 25

Love Alley Black | 2010, Woodblock, 32″ x 68″, ed. 12


More Than Everything- Mickalene Thomas at Lehmann Maupin

Durham Press would like to congratulate Mickalene Thomas on her second solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin. The exhibition, More Than Everything, opens on Thursday, September 15th and closes on Saturday, October 29th. The exhibition has already been named one of The 100 Best Fall Art Shows by Modern Painters magazine.  More Than Everything presents a selection of works on paper that reveal her artistic process. Mickalene draws on many sources for her influences and often starts her paintings with collages and photographs. For a more in-depth look at Mickalene’s process, click here to see a video, interview and studio tour. Landscape Majesticwas created in 2011, and is a complicated woodblock, silkscreen and digital print that was collaged together. The print is available for sale through Durham Press.

Landscape Majestic, 2011, woodblock, silkscreen and digital print, 52 x 68 5/8 inches, edition of 30

Beatriz Milhazes at Galerie Max Hetzler

Beatriz Milhazes will be exhibiting new work at Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin. The solo exhibition runs from September 10th through November 5th and is comprised of recent collages and four large scale paintings and a mobile. The four large scale paintings and mobile were featured at the Fondation Beyeler earlier this year. This exhibition will travel to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon in 2012. A catalogue accompanies the show.

Beatriz has been working with Durham Press since the spring of 1996, during that time over 25 challenging and complicated prints have been created. Please contact Durham Press for images and information about available prints. Fishbowl (as seen below) was created by Beatriz and printed by Durham Press as a benefit print for the Beyeler Foundation, the print is available  for purchase from the Beyeler’s website. Durham Press would like to congratulate Beatriz on her current exhibition with Galerie Max Hetzler. Please stay tuned to our blog for upcoming exhibitions and news about Beatriz Milhazes and her future projects.

Jamaica, 2007, woodblock and screenprint, 70 x 70 inches, edition 30

Bibi, 2003, multi-colored screenprint, 22 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches, edition of 43

Serpentina, 2003, multi-colored screenprint, 52 x 52 inches, edition of 40

O Pato, 1996-98, multi-colored screenprint, 40 x 60 inches, edition 20

Fishbowl, 2011, multi-color screenprint, 36 x 36 cm, edition of 50